JStax (3444) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle pours black. Aroma is heavy chocolate and graham crackers with just a little booziness. Very sweet and malty with a nice drying finish. The chocolate in this is just superb. Very good beer.
CpyNPrnT (474) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate, barrel characteristics, taste is more chocolate, bourbon, light to moderate stickiness, moderate alcohol, taste at DLD 2015.
Countbeer (5043) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: Vintage 2011: Shared with Iluvatarmilan: Served in tasters:
Black beer with a brown head.
Aromas of bourbon, roast, some chocolate, marzipan, belgian chocolate notes like praline, some alcohol and vanilla.
Flavours of roast, bourbon, chocolate, wood, sweets, hops, vanilla, light mocha and marzipan.
Aftertaste is chocolate, some bourbon, vanilla and light alcohol.
Low carbo, creamy light spicy mouthfeel, full bodied.
andrew_drinks (233) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade - thanks blazay. Pours clear dark brown, like cola, thin white head. Immediate gust of vanilla and bourbon, fudge, dark chocolate. Palate is disappointing - thin and gluggable rather than thick and unctuous. A touch of oil but otherwise feels lightweight. Intitially rich and sweet, milk chocolate. Chunky fudge flavour along with bitter baker’s chocolate, only a hint of bourbon. Some vanilla and oak. Slight molasses bite and cacao on the finish. It’s good, but not great
aleigator (371) - GERMANY - MAR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Ron, ’12 Vintage.
Pours a black color with red offshoot and almost no head, while the beer leaves back a nice lacing.
Smells like a really heavy beer, despite its abv being around 10 %. Has rich chocolate aromas, a blend of bakers and milk chocolate, accompanied by earthy malts, slightly bitter coffee, marzipan and dried apple peel. The Bourbon wraps up all these flavors very gently with a hot oakiness, while being very inviting and intense on itself. Bourbon and chocolate blend together outstandingly well, enriching each other, while apple skin and fudge compliment to the chocolate character generously.
Tastes of smooth milk chocolate, with an outstandingly creamy, mouthfeel, brownies and fudge, along molasses and nougat, blending together very smoothly and convincing. These flavors get successfully balanced by calming, earthy, slightly toasted malts. The chocolate then gets a alcoholic Bourbon note to it, just as in the nose, with hot wood blending extremely well into the rich chocolate qualities of the beer. This reveals molasses, wood and a well wrapped up rich chocolate character. The beers incredible chocolate richness gets joined by a hot, boozy peak in the finish with caramel and a well fitting, lower carbonation, and a hot dryness.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample courtesy of the bartender at Dilly during Cincinnati Beer Week. The beer pours a deep brown-black color with a medium thick foamy tan head that dissipates gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of oaky bourbon, roast malt and chocolate. Full-bodied with a boozy bourbon character and notes of sweet malt, vanilla and chocolate. The finish is oaky vanilla and malt. Enjoyable beer all around.
Blairgus (3001) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
7 Feb 2015, bottle. black and syrupy looking. nose is tobacco, alcohol, chocolate. med/thin body and mildly fizzy. big dark but sweet chocolate, big tobacco. lots of alcohol. really good!
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 8/31/13 from a 22oz bottle. Pours nearly black with an average brown head that slowly recedes to average, smooth lace. The nose is dominated by roast and dark chocolate with the vanilla, caramel, and barrel underlying. The flavor is a really balanced imperial stout that has enough roast and dark chocolate to counter the inherent malty and barrel sweetness. The body is full with average, stinging carbonation, and a long dark chocolate and barrel finish. This was drinking very well for the age at the time.
Salmoniform (1193) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to
Glass. Dark hue with creamy tan head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Mouthfeel is great with full body and medium carbonation. Taste is sweet with a Woody finish. Overall this is a big, sweet brew.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, aroma of honey, chocolate, and whiskey. Taste is chocolate malt, bourbon, licorice, and wood. Pretty good. 2012 bottle.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
650 ml bottle from trade with Beerman. Thanks. September 2014 batch. Pours an opaque black color with a medium sized khaki head that has very good retention. The aroma is big and bold with Chocolates, whiskey, vanilla and mocha. The taste features more chocolates, chocolate liqueur, anise, dark fruits and bitter walnuts. There is some bourbon whiskey in the taste too, but it is in the background and plays a superb supporting role. The palate is full, viscous and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Its OK.