oh6gdx (20313) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (thanks mjs!). Pitch black colourr, small brown head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, some alcohol, mild sweet malts, vanilla and some dark dry fruityness. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, wood, mild roasted notes, liquorice and some black chocolate. Rather pleasant.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a rich brown head. Oak, bourbon, and malt in the aroma. Big bourbon flavor with chocolate, slight oatmeal flavor with a vanilla cherry fruitiness. Slight alcohol presence abv is well masked. Lingering bourbon and oak. Rich smooth body.
Marsiblursi (3002) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle) pours black with creamy brown head. Amazing aroma of vanilla (marshmallows and vanilla ice cream) oak, creamy chocolate/chocolate cake, roasted nuts/Swedish mandelkubb, cherry candy, sweet tobacco, creamy fudge and dry, dusty roast. Some spicy alcohol, grainy dark bread, dark fruits/raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, sweet liquorice and blueberries/blackberries. Touch of hops. The nose is round and the maltiness just fantastic/flawless. The flavour is near medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of creamy vanilla-ish wood, creamy caramelized nuts, dark bread, sweet black cherries, berry jam, sweet liquorice and light smoky tar. The mouthfeel is round, silky and wonderful with a perfect, soft carbonation. Best finish ever - creamy (not bitter) chocolate, smooth wood and creamy vanilla. Bit earthy. Near full-bodied. Wow, just wow!
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intensely sweet, yet smooth and not sticky or burning like the Tokyo* (my point of comparison from last yearís Oakquinox). Dark chocolate predominates with some coffee and leather. This is probably one of my favorite RIS now.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of fruit, bourbon and a few hints of vanilla. Taste is true to the aroma. extremely smooth and not very hot.
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 650ml (No. 001)
Thanks mjs! Dark almost opaque color, small brown head. Strong vanilla, caramel aroma. Soft palate. Black coffee, roasted malts, milkyness, bourbon, vanilla. Lingering toastyness. Birdís milk. Outstanding balance.
mjs (4584) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 2010 vintage - 0.65 l, thanks Stig) The beer poured pitch black. Its head was small and light brown. Aroma had vanilla, oak, vineousness and roasted malts. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were vanilla, oak, roasted malts, vineousness, liquorice, sweetness, hops, saltiness, sourness and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody, roasty and bitter. A very pleasant combination of very strong flavoured imperial stout and the barrels.
beernbourbon (1299) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to jckp64!! Pour is black with a thin tan head. Aroma is loaded with smooth silky roasted malt, light fruitiness, light tobacco, faint alcohol, and some vanilla notes. Flavor is true to nose and oh so smooth. Great beer. Thanks John!!
callmemickey (2778) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black body with a large brown-khaki head. Good retention before the head eventually crashed to a nice skim and a bubbly loose ring. Spotty lacing left here and there on the glass.
S: First impression is tons of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. As the beer warms more dark fruits and roasted malts begin come out.
T: Bourbon blast with oak and vanilla. Nicely roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, espresso, raisins, and a red wine like character. Some charred wood and earthy bitterness. Pretty damn complex.
M: Medium-full bodied. Good, assertive carbonation. Lingering earthy bitterness. Moderate heat, but no burn.
O: I donít know... something was a little off and I canít put my finger on it. Despite tasting quite deliciously, I struggled to finish the bomber.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, received in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks again Amy!
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger dark mocha head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Complex aroma with a good balance of luscious roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee and bourbon. The barrel character is there without overpowering the other notes. Lots of earthy oak/dry wood in the nose along with sweet boozy bourbon as well as some hints of vanilla and toasted coconut. Lots of dark roasted malt giving off hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal and tobacco. Slightly smokey but not burnt or acrid smelling. Smells like there might even be some cedar in there. Surprisingly, underneath all of this, there is some very faint light fruit and licorice as well as a good bit of earthy, piny hops. This beer has 80 IBUs and it shows in the nose, even with all of the other intense aromas.
Chewy full body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that lingers thrughout the intense malt backbone into a nice warm fnish. Resinous, earthy pine flavor that holds itís own against the more intense, robust flavors. This adds another dimension to this beer that I wasnít expecting. After the initial bitterness there is a strong barrel presence with a prominent dry oak/wood flavor. The bourbon and other spirits are there but they are well integrated into the beer withut turnng it into a hot, boozy mess. The smoother vanilla/marshmallow/coconut notes that were suggested in the aroma arenít evident to my palate.
Although there is a nice bourbon flavor, the robust, roasted malt flavors are very prominent. Lots of luscious dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast as well as a very strong roasted coffee bean presence. The coffee/espresso flavor is deep and roasty but is not stale, burnt or acrid tastng at all and doesnít overpower the other flavors. Again, Iím picking up a good amount of smokiness/tobacco flavor that Iím really loving. All of these flavors are bouncing off of one another resulting in an incredibly complex, delicious beer. Each sip brings something new and although there is some nice heat and burn in the finish, the ABV at 13% is very well masked. Very quaffable and tackling the whole bomber was no problem for me. Maybe that says more about me than the beer but thatís a discussion for another time.