Gerbeer (1664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 22 oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours black with light to moderate tan head. Aromas of rich dark roasted malts, pumpernickel/oatmeal, and alcohol. Flavors are similar with notes of toasted coconut and licorice. Big, full, and boozy. Very good but over priced - at least double that of equally good or better barrel aged Imperials.
tcane7 (1651) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle split with Pat and Chris. Pours black with thin, lasting mocha head and spotted lace. Nose of vanilla, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt. Really well balanced, medium body, smooth and warming
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! Bottle #338 of 2009; dense black pour with trace tan head; huge bourbon nose with creamy coffee, nuts and roast; super boozy right now; spicy hotness with sticky bourbon; some caramel and cookies, but this is way heavy on the barrel to me and not nearly as impressive as when I had on draft at the brewery in August í09 (hat was the winter í08 batch); that batch Iíd rate near a 4.2, but this one is more like a 3.5, so letís split the difference :)
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.
S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze.
T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet.
D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is very present, but very smooth and balanced.
LoFi (1550) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle from trade with errantknight, thanks buddy!
Black with a beige brown head.
Fantastic aroma with bourbon, pralines, sweet licorice.
Taste: creamy chocolate, toffee, bourbon, licorice.
Wow, the tastiest beer Iíve had in a long while.
JPDurden24 (1527) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At FWIBF, Black pour, tan head, Bourbon, sweet, Vanilla, chocolate on the nose. Flavor is similar with some creaminess. Good stuff!
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Fobab 2010, Elijah Craig: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet vanilla and cocoa, still plenty of bourbon and oaky notes, but less than the heaven hill version. Much sweet all around flavor and in aroma. Lots of milk chocolate and dark chocolate with the vanilla notes and some nuttiness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Very good stuff.
NikkTwist (1512) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Eulogy. BR 1 2012. Purple wax. Opaque pour with some small brown foam. Bottom of the glass shows a clear honey brown. Room temperature. Heady bourbon fumes off the top. Great stuff! Big dark notes very well blended with age. Liquorice. Black cherry cordial. Raisins. Prunes. Cigars. Burnt marshmallows. Lots of barrel notes. Body reads a bit thinner than expected. Flavors are very smooth though the high alcohol is not hidden - feels much higher than the 9.5% ABV on the label.
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Run 2, 2013
Pours black with some light oat etching. Smells of cola, pepper, some flour, some toasted malts, leather a bit of vanilla and thatís it. Flavor is smoke, oak, alcohol, dates, leather, maduro tobacco. Medium on full bodied with moderately low carb and a semi dry finish. Well, good to try, nothing to loose sleep over.
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. had as part of the full 2011 line up. pours a thin dark brown with tan head. aroma of coffee, and roast malt. taste was rather thin and lacking the barrel flavor