ADfan (815) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2012 Huge beer. Pours almost black with a medium head. It pours with a thicknessin to the glass. The nose is big with alcohol and a sweetness that is hard to describe. There is also some vanilla. The taste is great. Again the beer has a uniqueness that probably comes from the barrel aging. Almost a cough drop taste. Chocolate and some licorice also are blended in. Long finish, Iím glad i have 3 bottles left.
Re-tasted on 9/5/12 - The beer has changed since my last taste. This one almost had a Mounds candy bar taste, like it was melted into the glass. I really enjoyed it.
Huhzubendah (3405) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 A: Pitch black. Opaque. Big beige head that has the look of wet sand on the beach. An ideal appearance.
S: Huge roasted malt presence with very prominent bourbon aroma.
T: Absolutely fabulous. Everything I love about barrel-aged beers is embodied in this beer.
M: Rich and full-bodied with a great, warming lingering finish.
D: An awesome beer that I highly recommend. One of the best barrel-aged imperial stouts I have ever had.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-31-2010
b3shine (7960) - Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2 bottle to oversized snifter (thanks Daknole). Looks good; pitch black with low carbonation and boozy-tinted lacing. Smells good too; BB! Tastes Great! Wonderful balance of everything! Good on the palate too. Yes!
MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black as night pour. Nose of chocolate, plums, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Slick, oily mouthfeel- love it! Flavors follow the nose, but more intense. Caramel, more vanilla & chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee. Coats the mouth & lingers in the palette. One of the great examples of the style. Really glad I can get my hands on this beer every year!
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 pours black with little tan head. Aroma of sweet syrup and grain. The taste is unbelievably smooth. A sweet marshmallow syrupy rich chocolate hits first with a softly roasted grain that lingers behind it and a bit of alcohol. The hops balance to perfection and mellow the heat. The oak is more in the noise but softens the blow and rounds the grain out to crate a super smooth beverage. There is nothing real crazy here but it is just super easy to drink and velvety, just about at perfection.
tia (1664) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler @ 18th RG. Very dark with thin mocha head. Reminds me of warm maple syrup on pancakes with light roast coffee-maybe sausage. Tastes sweet, roasty, and bitter. Slick.
baraciisch (2798) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black in color... Aroma of licorice, oak, bourbon, roasted malts... Flavor is exceedingly complex, notes of vanilla, roasted malts, and dark chocolate... Delicious
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the first bottling. Pours thick and black with a small brown head. Looks rich. Nose is big vanilla, oak, light smoke, chocolate and toffee. Dessert. Taste is sweet with great bitter balance. Decadent. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy yet lively with magnificent alcohol warming. Incredibly heavy with a big aftertaste. This beer is amazing.
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch pour, leggy with a swirling light brown head. Heavy licorice and fruit, dark roast, above all, dominating whisky notes. Sweet and incredibly smooth in the mouth, choco picking up, slightly oily medium body with some burn and a warming mocha aftertaste. Really does the alcohol right!
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally decided to open the base beer from my very first trade - thanks bpgpitt10! 2011 vintage (batch 002) poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter:
Pours an imposing pitch black with barely an edge of deep red clarity. A finger of medium brown head sinks down to a stubborn collar, a swirling island of tan retains in the center of the glass. Thin lacing and obvious alcohol legs.
Big, beautiful bourbon character strikes the nose. Milk chocolate and vanilla, boozy raisin bits, a touch of caramel, soft wood character - such a complex smelling beer. Incredible balance and depth.
Holy fuck this is tasty. That great bourbon profile bites the tongue immediately... the flavors exist in complete harmony with one another. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, heavy wood, cocoa nibs, dark burnt chocolate, a bit of dark fruit far and away. Divine.
Iím glad I finally grew the balls to crack this open. What a great beer.