Bpasquini (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
AROMA: Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, booze, tobacco, slight coffee, slight caramel, smells amazing!
APPEARANCE: Pitch black, leaves a small espresso like head on a heavy pour, exactly how a stout should look like!
TASTE: Follows the nose exactly, the booze is minimal in the taste, itís just enough to get it some warmth and lively character
PALATE: Thick, oily, slightly syrupy, and creamy
OVERALL: Fantastic stout, one of the best and especially for the price!
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon barrels, pipe tobacco, cocoa, and dark fruit. Flavor is big dark chocolate with notes of molasses and anise. Very complex. Finish is rich and robust with slight warming from the abv. Delicious brew.
gkeh (228) - Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark black, no head. Aroma is really special. Vanilla, sweet bourbon, oak, a strong woodiness, chocolate, dark fruits, tobacco?, some caramel... Taste is bourbon up front, vanilla, sweet chocolate, raisin, coffee... Just wonderfully complex. Itís really sweet. Full body, dry finish, great stout. Looking forward to seeing how this ages.
Desverger (2266) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - black colour with brown head. Dark malty, almost more sweet than roasted in this sample, some choc, dark fruity, wooden boozy notes, pretty decent (D12)
zvikar (3554) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014. 1st Session. Pours black with a beige head, aroma of bourbon, wood, coconut, malt and chocolate, flavor of coconut, malt, wood, chocolate and alcohol, medium to full bodied. nice
Bigtreebrewing (5) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured jet black with little to no head. Lots of oak and bourbon on the nose. Not very hot for 14%. Choc and bourbon on the tongue. Lingering vanilla and brown sugar after taste.
indianabeerman (46) - Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
what a wonderful beer. had at the brewery on tap and out of the bottle. has a dark fruit and bourbon nose to it,very complex and enjoyable. when i saw the abv imagined it would hard to hide the alcohol but they did it.
the taste is similar to the nose but add in the barrel flavor and this beer becomes one of the best beers i have had
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours opaque coffee with thin tan head. Smells of molasses, maple, and alcohol. Drinks with a moderate alcoholic bite and mild lingering bitterness. Full bodied. Tastes of molasses, wood, maple vanilla bourbon, coffee and toffee. Complex. Finishes with a warming sensation.
bergstaden (1327) - RÝros, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with light brown head - Sweet malt aroma - A very good sweet malt body with some coffee and licorice - Lasting sweet malt finish - This was extremely good
lb4lb (2552) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a small tan head. Smell is not super appealing to me and is very soy sauce like with dark fruit, figgy, aromas next followed to a lesser extent with some vanilla and some bourbon, but iím not getting any roasted malt or coffee or tobacco or charred oak whatsoever which were the exact things I like in BA Imperial Stouts. Taste is dark chocolate, slight bourbon and a faint amount of alcohol peeks through. Sweeter side of imperial stouts, but still balanced enough. Oily mouthfeel with soft but lightly prickly carbonation.
I really didnít like the way this smelled, and while the taste was much better and itís a very nicely made beer, overall it just does not justify the price to me at $20 a bottle here, and there are others I prefer as far as Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts go.