Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.... Jet black pour , thin light brown head , some lacing . Aroma of bourbon , dark roasted malt ,chocolate and alcohol .Sweet malty flavor with notes of liquorice , bourbon , wood and dark chocolate . Full bodied , low carbonation , excellent balance . Warming alcohol and lingering roastiness in the finish . Amazing
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with dark tan head. A beautiful stout. Nose is strong bourbon, alcohol, and carmel/chocolate malts. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, carmel, ane chocolate. Big bodied, thick, and full. An exceptional imp stout.
pineypower (2579) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recently I had the pleasure of tasting a 2010 vintage next to this yearís bottle (thanks Dmac). The beers both pour out a very dark brown, bordering on pitch-black color with a small to moderate tan head. The aroma was superior on the 2010, as the 2011 had a little more alcohol on it. Comparisons aside, the aroma was extremely complex. Lots of chocolate, some molasses, oak, dried fruits and a very light tell of the 13% ABV. The taste stands up to the complexity of the aroma, once again the 2010 bottle showing more complexities and subtleness. Taste was of rich chocolate cake, molasses, oak, vanilla,bourbon, dried plum, light cherry, roast and some light coffee notes, with only a very slight tell of the high ABV on the finish, o and with a silky smooth body. This was truly an epic beer
Sean9689 (286) - 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 (759) - 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 (1988) - 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 (4274) - 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 (1392) - 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.