DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind.
3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. Thereís less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but itís lacking any sort of intensity or complexity.
3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isnít much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isnít strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score.
3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but itís within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess.
3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what Iíll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants Iíve had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-21-2012 00:54:35
rxeight (1464) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bourbon and stout. Aroma and taste are pretty gentile. Had this up against a few other ba stouts. Not as much bite as some of the others. Not worth the price but at least its available.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour thanks to dak! Bottle pours deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coconut. Flavor shows the same with addtional molasses and vanilla. Overall body is full and viscous. Had this side by side with the Heaven Hill version which showed very similar with underlying notes of rye. Both beers great in their own way.
mathieuc (1445) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thin moka head that doesnít leave much lacing. Aroma is of green hops, bourbon. Taste is quite sweet but the roasted malt and alcohol/bourbon do a good job to make it all balanced out. Flavors of coffee, chocolate and booze working in almost perfect harmony. Body is full and heavy but still really drinkable. A nice change of pace in a sour/wild tasting!
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle shared with Tom and chums. Pours an orange tinted black with...practically no head at all. Aroma is wood, chocolate, coffee and loads of liquor. Iíd say bourbon. Elijah Craig bourbon. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, wood, bourbon....booze! Finish is coffee bitterness and bourbon...booze! Lingering coffee and bourbon...booze! Medium to strong body, soft mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Very flavrful, solid, imperial stout.
rejtable (1399) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bourbon with lots of vanilla, also almost a cigar hint in there. Pours dark with a ruby edge and light head. Taste big sweet and medium bitter. Big alcohol burn. Wow!
peteinSD (1392) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating from Oakquinox notes. Poured still black in the glass with a slight ebb of bubbles and a small amount of tan foam hugging the edge of the glass. Aroma was somewhat subdued bourbon, coconut, and vanilla, and some underlying chocolate. Taste matched the aroma but came across a bit thin in the mouth. Nice beer.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2009 Purple Wax version. Black pour, no head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, toffee, chocolate and roasted malt, and alcohol. Flavor is actually very sweet up front, with some chocolate, some bitter roasted malt, light peppery alcohol, and vanilla / oak. Pretty balanced and flavorful.
GothGargoyle (1364) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wood. Velvety mouthfeel, full bodied, boozy finish. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, molasses, dark fruits. Tasty.
tmongoose (1364) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared. poured almost black with off white head. thick and rich and full flavored. deep dark roasted malts, chocolate possibly some coffee and hints of licorice. the flavor in this full bodied beer is so damn good..the bourbon barrel mixed with chocolate dark malts and licorice on the back end was absolutely exquisite. thanks todd