blklab2007 (1777) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle poured a black in color with a one finger brown head. aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and dark sticky sweetness. mouth feel is hefty but rich and smooth and there is enough carbonation for such a hefty beer. flavor has plenty of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, vinous, molasses, and some dark fruit. love what the oats do to both the flavor and texture. the beer has little heat considering itís size and there is a lot of complexities that come through as the glasses go on.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Flavours of bourbon/coconut, chocolate, booze. Too big, too boozy, unwieldy...
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dan Journal #430. Tasted 11/20/10. 22oz bomber. Opaque with a dark brown hue. Bubbled ring of khaki head. Aromas of maple, anise and vanilla. Very sweet olfactory. Very full bodied with a rich and thick body. Big and sticky malts. A noticeable alcohol burn. This is a big beer with a pronounced dark chocolate malty flavor. Very nice use of the barrel aging that adds a nice vanilla creaminess. Undertones of mild cola and spicy anise. Solid!
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 vintage. 650ml black foiled and boxed bottle.
It pours a thick, viscous black with a large dark tan hea that slowly recedes.
The smell is rich and chocolatey, chocolate seems to be the main smell my nostrils are picking up. It is big and luscious with a hint of roastiness. There are notes form the barrel aging with some vanilla and oak.
The flavor is a bit boozier, but very nice. It is chocolate and caramel with a big dose of coffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and alcohol. It isnít ultra-complex at first, but then as you drink more and more of it subtle flavors come out.
The mouthfeel and drinkability could be better, the alcohol is a bit cloying and sweet.
A solid imperial stout from a fantastic brewery.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-06-2011 06:32:52
BeerCast_Rich (1810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[22ozl bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black with a frothy tan head. Boozy, sherry hit on the nose. Thick, chewy molasses on the palate, which is very rich Ė you can definitely taste the barrel aging here. Itís strong and sweet Ė but crucially not too sweet as thereís a decent amount of ashy bitterness to balance everything out. Iím not a barrel fan by any means, but this one is very nice indeed 
cgarvieuk (12188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at home tasting 12-March-11... deep black ... thin tan head ... light coffee and molasis ... roast malt nose ... huge molasis front ... light sweetness ... good solid roast but quite a dry chocolate malt linger ... sweet caramelly suger linger ...realy quite wonderful but its not quite as rich or sweet as darklord.
Blairgus (2190) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 26 July 2013, tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buelton, CA. (2013 version) Dark brown/black. Nose is cocoa, tobacco, licorice. Thin body and fizzy. Really bitter chocolate, slightly meaty, molasses. Great!
(Original rating 4 8 4 8 16 = 4.0) bottle at cgarvieuk - 12 Mar 2011
nice nose. itís not aggressive for a stout but itís fun. there is definitely a fresh cut chewing tobacco aroma that iíve never smelled before
med/full body, slightly syrupy and only faintly fizzy
gorgeous beer! milk chocolate, molasses that isnít bitter, iím really thinking of tootsie rolls.
finish is very rich and thick
this isnít bold or aggressive. itís just perfect. my only complaint would be that it is a little rich. hardly a problem
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and brown. Nice aroma that included the likes of whiskey, toffee, chocolate, and anise. Full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. Plenty of barrel imparted flavors like wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Additional dark fruit, roasty malt, dark chocolate and caramel notes.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer derives great things from the barrels, the nose having notes of bourbon, tons of cocoa, a bit of vanilla, tobacco, and rich sweet dark fruits. Not a 10 because thereís a slightly soy sauce characteristic peaking through. Taste is great, rich melange of everything in the nose, everything you ask for out of a stout. I donít really know what to say. Great, thick, warming and filling stout. One of the best barrel-aged beers Iíve ever had.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz, boxed, black-foiled bomber, dated 5/5/10 courtest of Sparky. thanks, Eric! pours a silky, jet black with a smooth, one-finger, dark cocoa head with solid retention and great lacing. aroma is wonderful, complex as expected from FW, with heavy, raw, dark chocolate, toffee, and dense dark fruit notes of black cherry, prune, and dates backed by subtle espresso, cigar wrapper, and wood with spicy, rich bourbon, vanilla, and oak emerging as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with a wonderfully rich, sweet, toffee presence emerging behind the dark chocolate, roasted malts, and oaked vanilla that blend seamlessly with the woody, spiced bourbon, molasses, and dark fruits with hints of char and licorice on the back end. palate is nothing short of elegant with perfect carbonation and richness rendering it smooth as silk but it still retains a subtle warmth and spice from the barrels that lead into a long, bittersweet, roasty finish. overall, an absolute world class barrel aged imperial stout from the guys who know a bit about barrel aging. well done, FW.