mcberko (13863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at SIB, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavour follows, with molasses and sweetness. Excellent stout.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a large fluffy tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, light and rich espresso, molasses, some ripe dark fruits, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon; wow lots going on, but gels well together. Flavor is more chocolate, molasses, espresso, nice notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla, and a little more overripe dark fruits. Very well put together from start to finish.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Gk b party. Black. Thin tan head. Light but complex aroma. Sweet. Choc, molasses, coffee rich malt. Smooth and easy. Nice. I can feel it in my plums. Bring them to the farmers market. Sell them two plums for the price of one.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shenandoah Throwdown, 22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver. Medium tan head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some smoke, alcohol, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, smoke, some alcohol, grapefruit. Smooth medium-full body.
jbone78 (42) - Panama City Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When I first poured this beer, I thought it was flat. No real head and black. I tell my drinking buddy, " I hope this was worth the money"? First smell is coffee, a lot of coffee. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. The flavors blend to perfection. Not a question in my mind that this beer is worth the money. If anyone wants to do a trade, I am in...Because I will never see this beer in Florida.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a rich charcoal black. Nose is tobacco, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Complex. Its lacking something I can’t quite put my finger on. I think its just a matter of needing a year in the bottle to make it all come together. Flavor is absolutely fantastic for a bourbon lover like me. Vanilla, smoke, leather and dark fruits meld with a hint of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Sweeter than the Hell and Damnation 666 I had earlier and lacking that beers exquisite balance, but still an amazing beer. This is so tasty and while its got a bit of heat, it doesn’t even register as close to 13%. Another fantastic beer from Firestone Walker. Masterful barrel blending on this beer.
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by footbalm, thank man
Appearance: Poured black with a small tan head with some lacing left on the sides of the glass, nice legs that stick to the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, oak, bourbon and chocolate
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel of chocolate, vanilla with a slightly bitter finish
Very nice Imperial stout. The alcohol is very well hidden.
douglas88 (8312) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Eric! Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is huge licorice, charcoal, fruity dark malts. The flavor is initially just a load of sweet candies, especially licorice, chewy, very hot, bitter chocolate and perhaps some metallic hops fight to the fore, not much bourbon. Very enjoyable. It mellowed as I drank it and was less sweet, more rich oil can.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big imperial stout. Piny hops on the aroma with notes of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Very sweet and chocolaty. Slighty creamy with bitter finish and tons of alcohol. Too overpowering to be enjoyable.
joeneugs (5626) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to a thin layer in less than a minute. The aroma is chocolate, nuts, bourbon, vanilla, wood, prunes, dates, raisins etc... The flavor is extremely hot and boozy with lots of charred wood, chocolate and raisins. It goes down a lot like straight bourbon. Huge alcohol burn and very bitter. Hooo daddy! The bourbon barrel aging is nicely integrated and it’s not too sweet. On the down side, put me in the camp that thinks this needs at least another year or two in the bottle to settle down a bit.