Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage, split amongst "the crew".
A - Pours black, light tan-colored head, nice thick collar, bubbles around the sides of the glass, no lacing or retention.
S - Dark fruity sweetness, chocolate, oak, honey, with a nice smooth boozy alcohol heat. Very sweet, but the alcohol helps maintain some level of balance without being too hot.
T - Smooth boozy chocolate, dark fruits, honey, oak, some vanilla. Nice level of sweetness and booze. Very rich and dessert-like. A nice dose of booze, but thereís no way I would be able to guess itís 13%.
M - Full, rich and smooth, nice light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - An excellent BA stout. Itís truthfully hard to find something wrong with this beer, besides the looks. Some of those who had this fresh said itís really settled down over the year (or so) itís been aging. Recommend, the 2010 vintage is drinking wonderfully now.
Rando7 (729) - Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with medium-thin tan head. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, cocoa and roast.. Taste bourbon, charcoal, slight coffee, licorice, vanilla, oak. Finish mainly a prolonged bitter charcoal with alcohol burn and some bourbon. Palate thick and creamy, not syrupy or sticky.
Great imperial stout, maybe just a touch too bitter and boozy. Might be better with some age.
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber in a cardboard box. Was so happy to find this in the local liquor store. Pitch-black pour with no head. Alcohol stings the nostrils immediately, then mellows into the wonderful bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, wood aroma that I find so fantastic. Coats the entire mouth with a rich, velvet feeling. Flavor punches you in the mouth with bourbon immediately, then mellows into chocolate, and surprisingly some dark fruits and maybe some licorice, with more booze finishing it off. A slow-sipper for sure, but well worth it. Fantastic beer.
dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz 2010 and 2011 tasted side by side. Both looked pretty much the same with A pitch black body with long lasting full creamy heads with the í10 being just a bit darker beige than the 11. Aroma was just sick with a buttery bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate, almond, vanilla. Both were so smooth with a nice touch of heat on the finish, full bodied and soft carbonation. Flavor much like the aroma that was just awesome, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate pudding, tobacco, tar and some alcohol. This beer is phenomenal!!
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a light brown head, great retention, looks delicious. Aroma is bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, graham cracker comes out as it warms up. Full body, smooth, low carbonation, viscous. Starts off with slight bitterness that quickly turns sweet and finishes a lasting bittersweet. Great beer. Not a GI Bourbon County Stout, but damn close.
Hair6a11 (1319) - Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle; Pour is Murky Brown with a hint of amber in this glass ; fine bubbled, khaki head that retains fairly well in this glass. Very light , spotty lacing is present as well. The nose is bourbon, port, chocolate, and tobacco. The flavor profile is dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco, oak, and vanilla - There is a burnt bitterness on the tongue ; or perhaps my tastebuds are just fried at the moment. Anyway - this is a terrific Barrel Aged Imperial that could use a little age.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Map Room Chicago. Pours black but around the edges and a creamy light brown head. Aroma of super rich chocolate, bitter cocoa, marshmallow, molasses, coffee and of course bourbon, vanilla and oaky notes well meshed. Flavor starts with the super sweet chocolate, light coffee and just very sweet molasses, vanilla. Gains a bit more edge with the oaky bourbon notes but stays sweet throughout. Slight touch of booziness in the finish along with more of the cocoa and vanilla. Super full sticky and slightly syrupy body and a soft carbonation. This is a good beer, a bit too sticky too syrupy, tough to take down a glass with ease due to the body but the melding of the barrel and stout were very well done.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. This is certainly aggressive. Aroma is pretty fantastic, lovely bourbon barrel and dark chocolate. Flavor seems a little under attenuated though that becomes a bit annoying trying to drink more than a sip or two of this, supper rich, syrupy, doesnít seem like it got to 13%, marshmallowy, strong bourbon, a lovely flavor that is well proportioned just amped up way too much. Body is low carbonation and thick. Again Iím thinking under attenuated. This is a quality beer, and I have no doubt in years previous it was outstanding... this just seems unfinished to me from this serving.
johnnnniee (2181) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid black with a creamy fluffy coffee colored head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of coffee, chocolate, licorice, with hints of vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon and alcohol. Thick like maple syrup body has a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. Wow this one has some residual sugars thatís for sure. Taste starts out with licorice and chocolate but they are assaulted with bourbon, vanilla and oak very quickly. Coffee and chocolate step in but disappear as the whole thing turns into an oddly dry finish. Long lingering alcohol heat and earthy hop bite rolled in roasted grains. This is a big beer that is tasty. I find it a bit hot in the finish, Iím curious to see what a little age does to this one.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle at PIB, pours solid black with a thin, dissipating caramel head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts and wood. Flavour of espresso, roasted malts, bourbon and wood. Fine carbonation, full-bodied, warming and complex.