womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours almost black with a very small tan head to go with it.
S: First thing I pick up on is a distinct sourness. Acrid, roasted malts and coffee follow, as well as a mild char. There is a light chocolate aroma with a slight molasses and toffee sweetness.
T: A very sight sweetness to start, but the sourness and acridity of the roast follow shortly behind. There is a mild cocoa note as well as some coffee. A touch of molasses and licorice.
M: The body is sort of light and watery for an imperial stout. Medium carbonation, however.
O: Really disappointing as I was looking forward to trying this, given my enjoyment of the barrel aged versions.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with weak hints of licorice. Roasted malty chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.
mnmike (609) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent imperial stout that has most of the good things you’re looking for from barrel aging.
Gription79 (1597) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Chocolate, coffee, fruity, floral, resiny, nice and easy drinking. I enjoy the barrel aged versions, Eclipse, but this is amazing on its own.
hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and dark brown with a brief, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a collage of toasted almonds, chocolate and leather. Medium to full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is sort of bland, but roasty and moderately bitter. Finishes thin and minerally. This beats out Goose Island Night Stalker as being the weakest base beer for a "major-league" program involving barrel aged imperial stouts. Many say Night Stalker isn’t actually the base beer for the Bourbon County Stout varietals. I see Voodoo’s Big Black Voodoo Daddy falling into the same slot if the barrel aged versions actually turn out to be good.
50belair (1335) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Good lacing. Sweet caramel aromas. A very nice imperial stout. Smooth and tasty with bitter roasted malts that are kept in check by sweet caramel and vanilla notes. Well balanced.
joeneugs (2144) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with some orange highlights. Orangy head. The aroma is very toasty with hints of black cherry and chocolate. Flavor is very smooth with dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel with a sweet, roasted finish. Very nice.
bytemesis (1413) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium dark brown head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is very roasty, chocolate. Flavor is about the same, just a touch of anise, medium coffee bitterness on the finish, only a light sweetness. Medium-full body. Bitterness lingers and strengthens to the far finish. Warming on the finish as well. Pretty nice beer.
TimE (2586) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tons of dark fruit dark chocolate very hoppy nose. Very heavy mouth feel with a touch sweet. Rounded. Big. Moderately hoppy finish. Issue is I don’t like such hoppy Impys.
bhensonb (8997) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown/black with a cream dark tan head. Aroma of roasty malt with treacle and some herbal hop. Full bodied. Flavor is darkly roasty/burnt with treacle and non-fruity, non-resin hop. It is dry and almost astringent. Finishes with treacle notes and very bitter. Leaves a burnt earthy flavor in the mouth. Extremely tasty. So good of the brewer to release this base beer.
marcus (5010) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours black with a modest tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a heavy sweet treacle flavor with a dry finish. A nice start for the barrel-aged versions.