Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Jimbowood. A very thick, very black beer with a nice tan head. The aroma is charred, chocolate, tar, bourbon, vanilla. The taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, wood and crackerish. It’s very creamy on the palate and the bourbon flavors are their but more subdued compared to other BBA beers leaving this one a little more balanced and not a bourbon bomb. And is layered with flavors and has a nice charred chocolate taste with a low amount of carbonation. Keep in mind this is a very sweet beer and it’s sweetness starts to show up more as you finish your glass or 22oz. bomber. A barrel aged beer for the barrel aged lover.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This rich dessert of an Imperial Stout extends blackberry esters, bourbon, dark chocolate and raisins onto one of the smoothest and wealthiest bodies found in the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam crowns the brown-edged blackness.
-Apart from the wood’s contribution, the nose doesn’t have that much to offer.
-The contemplative finish incorporates wooden barrel notes to an alcohol splash, perfect to cut through the amazingly oily mouthfeel.
-This may not be one of the most complex Imperial Stouts out there, but it achieves its goal magnificently.
On tap at the brewery tasting room.
CampesinoTino (753) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Bomber. Aroma is an intoxicating blend of mocha, vanilla, roasted malt and bourbon. Appearance is charcoal black with a thin milky layer of light brown head. Excellent lacing throughout the glass. Taste starts off with big and bold roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors followed by creamy caramel, vanilla, espresso and black cherries. An oaky bourbon flavor is also present in each sip. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy and slightly syrupy with low carbonation. It finishes sweet and roasty with a pleasantly warm alcohol finish. The barrel aging process definitely enhances the rich chocolate and caramel malt flavors. The oak and bourbon flavors also add additional layers of complexity. It would pair quite well with a rich and creamy chocolate dessert. This is an exceptional Imperial Stout that would taste sublime after being aged for a few years.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Bottle Barn, $12.99 I believe, and no date--maybe a little over a month ago? Black body with a couple finger tan head, fair retention. Lots of chocolate and bourbony vanilla in the nose, followed by some light butter cream and oatmeal. There’s also some solid underlying roast. Flavor is pretty hot with lots of bourbon., added juicy raisins, still has the butter cream notes and whatnot. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness at a 4, fairly boozy but very tasty. Light to moderate carbonation with a thick full body. Just a good tasty hot bourbonated imperial stout.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Papago for all of 5 minutes. Pours pitch black with a brown ring of foam. Smells of soy sauce and molasses. Approximates Bells 9000. Tastes of Colgate, black licorice, toasted marshmallow, and dark fruits on the mid. Finishes with bourbon and vanilla that really linger on the palate. Alcohol becomes more apparent as this one warms. It should age like a champ. Well done.
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had this several times at the Bistro Barrel Aged festivals, just never rated it. This is from a 22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-OP. The aroma on this is really nice. Lots of chocolate, with moderate sweetness and a nice deal of bourbon and some oaky-wood hints, too. There also is some leather present and a little bit of salty soy sauce, too. Really quaffable. Opaque black body with a medium light brown head that is strong and leaves some stellar lacing. Starts a little acidic and hot on the tongue, before some chocolate maltiness and roastiness comes through. Strong bourbon in the middle with some oak, too. The finish has a bit of an astringency present, and a fairly nice bitterness. The finish is rather warming...this definitely has some alcohol in it, but the ethanol isn’t overly noticeable. The astringency is a bit weird, but otherwise this is enjoyable. I don’t know if aging this will really improve it much, though.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from KnB. Pours black as night, with a beautiful 1-finger of brown sugar-colored head. Aroma is blanketed in oatmeal, almost a chocolate-chip oatmeal cookie. The first sip is absolutely heavenly. Full, creamy mouthfeel with just the perfect little amount of carbonation is accompanied by silky smooth flavors of roasty oak, oatmeal and hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Whereas so many of these newer BB-aged RIS are just bourbon bombs, this is a wonderful display of restraint and subtlety. Long afterfinish leaves me wanting more.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ewestern
A wonderful imperial stout that successfully throws in a perfect mix of bourbon flavor. Probably the best bourbon barrel aged beer I’ve ever had, just because it adds to the beer without masking any of the other great stout characteristics. Also one of the few beers that I can actually taste tobacco in. A well made stout that is strong in flavor but smooth and drinkable. Nice one.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Bev 4 Less. Nice aroma of coffee, charred wood, some chocolate on the nose. Flavors of toasted malts, chocolate, coffee and wood. Really good.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good God this beer is fucking amazing! From the moment you pour this black stallion into your glass you’ll notice it’s alluring aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice, and bourbon. Upon tasting this full bodied beast, you’ll notice that as you practically chew the beer, the tastes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak transport you to a magical land... Well maybe that’s the 13% abv... but it goes down SMOOTH and is just absolutely fucking delicious. I only wish that I could get more of these.