RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #141. Big chocolate and bourbon aroma. Flavor is just lightly sweet, with baking chocolate and charcoal. Needs a little time to integrate until it is truly epic.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 141 of 694. Pours a dark brown black with a nice tan head. Strong alcoholic bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla, dried cherries, and mocha. Flavors of bitter coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. The finish is quite bitter with a huge dose of black coffee and leather. I wish that a bit more of the sweet flavors would persist through the finish. This is a very interesting beer but it just doesn’t reach the same heights as other top BA stouts...
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 100th rating! Merry Christmas to me! Cheers to the guys that made this and to the ones who were in attendance for the release with me. This beer is just fantastic. Poured really dark but not quite black. Nice lasting, thin caramel head with average lacing. Aroma is packed full of goodness. Theres caramel, molasses, malted chocolate, vanilla, honey, bourbon and other deliciousness. Taste comes in reeeeally smooth. Buttery smooth as it covers the palate. Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and honey coming in at the end with some sweetness. The beer is just smooth, not overwhelming on the bourbon, bold on the front but sweet on the back, and just fantastic overall.
zathrus13 (1666) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, smoke, chocolate, and caramel. Medium, mouth coating body. Outstanding!!!
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle purchased from Foothills at the release on December 12, 2009. Pours black with a thin tan head. Incredible dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla aroma. Absolutely everything I expected from the aroma. Excellent vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, oak, and a hint of booze in the flavor. At first I didn’t notice this, but as I drink more I do notice some of the honey sweetness that I wish had been left out. Still, this is an absolutely world class Imperial Stout.
JW77 (22) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a brown head. Slightly roasted smell with some chocolate and a little bourbon. Flavor is decent roasted malt, coffee, booze. Decent but I was expecting this to blow me away.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with glass staining qualities. Nose is big bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, hints of coffee and dark cherries. Flavor is the same with huge roast and burnt cocoa notes. Pretty big viscous beer. Not incredible, but very very good. Worth trading for.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours very dark and sits new moon black in my glass. Not much of a head. The aroma offers excellent notes of whiskey, caramel, coconut, wood and mocha. Full-bodied and ultra-creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is pretty strait-forward… caramel, whiskey and chocolate. Boozy, espresso and chocolate, warming finish. Thanks to JW77 for sharing this world class bottle of beer!
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, Tampa gathering.
pours dark brown, off-white head.
aroma is full on barrel, bourbon notes, nicely picking up the Sexual chocolate aroma, reflected in the flavor as well with a robust chocolate dose.
flavor, barrel, malty, plenty of chocolate, bourbon is all over this one, not overdone but well executed. Tasty.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
JW77 with another gem!!! Nearly black with a brown head. Roasty aroma with a good bit of chocolate and nice bourbon. Flavor is roasty and booze. This is good but not quite what I expected.