HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. 22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Chocolate, vanilla and a little alcohol in the aroma. Full bodied and rich. More chocolate and roasted barley in the flavor. I found this to be a little hot. Really long dry malty finish. I expected more barrel, but it was nicely balanced. Would have benefited from some age.
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Famous barrel aged RIS with pretty thick, creamy, dense, yellowish beige head and very dark chestnut brown colour, yellowish on the edges, hazy. Very strong, overpowering and multi-layered aroma of chocolate sauce, espresso beans, cured meat, strong bourbon, dry oak, vanilla-like tannins, cinnamon, pipe tobacco, pepper, banana liqueur, amaretto, iron, raisins, bayleaf, home made caramel, accents of shoe polish, barbecue sausages, cocoa, flowers, rosewater. Taste starts with a condensed candied sweetness of raisins soaked in rhum and candied cherries, drying in instants but supported by a rich, deep, oily, multi-layered maltiness, chocolatey, deeply caramelly, evolving into roasted coffee bitterness, but not too ’charred’ and countered by a very dry woodiness with softish vanilla tannin flavours, with a lot of warming bourbon alcohol. Very complex, with a very stilish packing. Truly epic, big cheers to Jan for sharing this precious bottle!
jacobrm (39) - - JUL 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! So smooth and balanced. I can't even describe the mouthfeel.
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ctipping (227) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle consumed in 2012. Black body with a small khaki head. Poor retention. Sticky looking as it swirls in the glass. Looks like it could be a sugar bomb.
Big barrel aroma. Not all bourbon, though. Along with the bourbon is a fair dose of vanilla and some heavy roasted malt from the stout. Some of the stout comes through, but it’s mostly barrel. Taste is vanilla and bourbon up front followed seamlessly by chocolate and coffee roasted malts. Hefty bitterness, but not excessive. Adds complexity and a nice bite. Really spectacular flavor.
Thick, but not too sweet. Low carbonation without being sluggish to drink. A wonderful stout.
biggsbowler (539) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours dark black. Nose is oak, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is fudgy, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Rich and decadent. Just great!
chefgoot (1) - Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best Bourbon barrel aged stout's I've eve tried. Not too coffee heavy, a hint of chocolate, vanilla and the bourbon notes are very well balanced.
Chalumeaux (384) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from tap nearly black with a thin beige head. Aromas of chocolate licorice bourbon and oak. Taste is smooth and follows aroma and is quite boozy. Could use some cellaring.
Berard (455) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Pours black with creme colored head that lingers. Mild licorice aroma over light carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Boozy, caramel and chocolate.
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WillRunForBeer (1432) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Grill Next Door. Pours nearly black with a scant beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, oak. Flavor is dark chocolate, licorice, lots of oak and bourbon. This is very good, but would benefit from some cellaring.
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. This is a big bad beast of a beer with so much depth and nuance it is hard to describe. Seek it out and consume.
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of toasted, dark chocolate and molasses, moderate resin and earth for the hops and yeast, with notes of bourbon, licorice, tar and alcohol. Head is small, creamy, brown with slipper lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is full, syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a lightly to moderately alcoholic finish. Super dark and rich in aromas and flavors, and all in perfect balance. World class Imperial Stout.