mjs (4877) - 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 (1337) - 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 (3115) - 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.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting with Agent Zero...I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours jet oil black with a light tan head. Rises about two fingers but falls pretty quickly, light lacing...The aroma is nice medium strength, dominated by lots of really nice coffee not strong just yummy roastiness with a sweet cream finish....The first sip is lots of coffee nice like the aroma. As this warms it really starts to bring out the bourbon which is sweet and warming. Light coffee on the front, sweet in the middle, light bitter coffee finish. Not 50 ibuís...The feel is nice, coats the palate nicely, very warm finsih. Pretty easy drinker.
Overall, this is ok. Drink it quickly because as you drink it, its worse. It becomes flatter, less flavor and more alcoholic.
blklab2007 (2029) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle poured a black in color with a one finger brown head. aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and dark sticky sweetness. mouth feel is hefty but rich and smooth and there is enough carbonation for such a hefty beer. flavor has plenty of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, vinous, molasses, and some dark fruit. love what the oats do to both the flavor and texture. the beer has little heat considering itís size and there is a lot of complexities that come through as the glasses go on.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBWG 2011 Grand Tasting. Pours opaque black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Flavours of bourbon/coconut, chocolate, booze. Too big, too boozy, unwieldy...
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dan Journal #430. Tasted 11/20/10. 22oz bomber. Opaque with a dark brown hue. Bubbled ring of khaki head. Aromas of maple, anise and vanilla. Very sweet olfactory. Very full bodied with a rich and thick body. Big and sticky malts. A noticeable alcohol burn. This is a big beer with a pronounced dark chocolate malty flavor. Very nice use of the barrel aging that adds a nice vanilla creaminess. Undertones of mild cola and spicy anise. Solid!
crossovert (8186) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 vintage. 650ml black foiled and boxed bottle.
It pours a thick, viscous black with a large dark tan hea that slowly recedes.
The smell is rich and chocolatey, chocolate seems to be the main smell my nostrils are picking up. It is big and luscious with a hint of roastiness. There are notes form the barrel aging with some vanilla and oak.
The flavor is a bit boozier, but very nice. It is chocolate and caramel with a big dose of coffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and alcohol. It isnít ultra-complex at first, but then as you drink more and more of it subtle flavors come out.
The mouthfeel and drinkability could be better, the alcohol is a bit cloying and sweet.
A solid imperial stout from a fantastic brewery.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-06-2011 06:32:52
BeerCast_Rich (1896) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[22ozl bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black with a frothy tan head. Boozy, sherry hit on the nose. Thick, chewy molasses on the palate, which is very rich Ė you can definitely taste the barrel aging here. Itís strong and sweet Ė but crucially not too sweet as thereís a decent amount of ashy bitterness to balance everything out. Iím not a barrel fan by any means, but this one is very nice indeed