ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, black waxed bottle, #1424 of the 2010 Evan Williams Single Barrel version from south bay. thanks, joey! pours a deep, dark, cola brown but a bit thin for a big imperial stout with a short, creamy, khaki head that leaves subtle rings of oily lace on the glass. aroma is outstanding with heavy notes of charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, and light roast backed by light soy, smoke, and vinous notes of plum and red grape with subtle hints of toffee, dark chocolate, and honey-roasted nuts. flavor is delicious as well but maybe a bit muted compared to the aroma with dark chocolate, roasted malts, and rich, woody bourbon up front backed by subtle spice notes, honey, and molasses with hints of caramel, earth, and dark fruits on the back end. palate is smooth and nicely carbonated but a bit thin, much like the appearance, with a lingering finish of dark fruit and woody bourbon. overall, a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout but lacks the body to compete on the world class level.
KUEric (874) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just going to rate the beer not knowing which one I tried. I didn’t realize there were so many varieties (or that it was Imperial or it was aged, until trying it - did I mention how utterly shitty the service was? I can’t possibly stress it enough).
Anyways ... the beer. It was very malty chocolatey, maple syrupy, molassasy, sweet. A dark brown almost black beer with a dark brown with a touch of grey head.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #2500. Evan Williams Single Barrel version, bottle #49, shared by badnewsbeers. Deep murky charcoal body, thin clumping tan head. Intense chalky nose with oak and whiskey, molasses, soy, coffee bean, chocolate, plum and alcohol. Intense, inky body with roasted malts, plum, molasses, whiskey, oak, coffee, and sharp alcohol. Pillowy, marshmallowy mouthfeel. An outstanding warming, vinous, complex beer, and a worthy milestone rating.
omhper (18746) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, FiftyFifty 2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Evan Williams Single Barrel), thanks baggio! Very black, no head. Distinct bourbon aroma. Full bodied with well rounded mouthfeel. Warming and pleasant with milk chocolate, licorice and bourbon. The bourbon marries this imperial stout exceptionally well. Damn good!
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle #49, shared with Silphium. 2010. black wax that was nearly impossible to cut through. EW single barrel. black pour with thin beige head. huge bourbon, sugar, caramel, vanilla, and wood in the nose. sweet and alcoholic. flavor is of massive bourbon, heavy sugar, burnt toast, and licorice. milky, boozy, and delicious
ben4321 (3463) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: In the same evening I got to enjoy both the ’09 and ’10 version of this beer from 22 oz bottles at (and after) Nick’s Wedding, 5/14/11
This one will serve as rating # 1750, I guess that’s one worth noting. I didn’t take excellent notes on these, but I did jot down a few notes about them (and my overall impressions and scores as well). Both had lots of big malt flavors to them, and big mouthfeels. The barrel aging worked well in both as well, but a little better in the ’09, which is why, while I enjoyed these both of these beers a lot, I preferred the ’09. This is a composite score of the two (the ’10 would be a drop lower, and the ’09 would be a drop higher). I hope to get another opportunity to enjoy this one in the future.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Boamr. Pours out black with a moderate off white head. Aroma is of oak, light vanilla, chocolate and some roast. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roast, vanilla, some light burnt wood, and a little bit of lingering alcohol coming through on the finish.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50/50 evan Williams bomber. Pitch black with a nice light head. Nose has bourbon and licorice. Nice bourbon taste. Very well done.
decaturstevo (4618) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Bourbon, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and abv flavor. Medium/full bodied with good carbonation.
fletchfighters (997) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Evan Williams
Well done. Lots of dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. Base beer is a bit thin but the barrel really helps it out well. A lot of milk chocolate qualities in this and really a good surprise to get.
Looking forward to the allocations in December.