hayduke (4484) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This simply amazing beer was courtesy of Strkzone. I have been saving it for a while and now that I finally got to it I am delighted. From a 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter this poured a totally black color with a dark brown head and lots of heavy lacing rings. Nose of coffee and chocolate, nuts, ripe fruit, and whisky. The body is very rich and bold, and the mouthfeel like velvet, The flavor mirrors the nose with coffee and chocolate, whisky, with the addition of vanilla, The finish is a bit alcoholic with light bitter chocolate. This is about as good as a stout can get. A sipping beer from the start to the finish, it was good to the very last drop. Again Dave, thank for sending this amazing beer my way.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample at Jackie O’s Barrel Aged Beer Fest 2010. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is strong with notes of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and a little dark fruit. Thick mouthfeel and lasting finish.
NathanJM (58) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a real beast. Pours very dark, almost ebony. Aroma of coffee, the darkest of chocolates, and bourbon. Even the head is dark. In the mouth the flavor is strong--it’ll knock you over strong. This is a beer to savor. A bit too strong on the coffee flavors for my preference, but still delicious. If you like coffee and you like bourbon, do everything you can to taste this beer.
brlywne_freak (7) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have had this on tap on-site and in a bottle...Definably the best beer I have ever had from a tap. the bottle was just a tiny bit too hoppy for my taste, but still outstanding.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the 2010 release.
Aroma:Bourbon, dark chocolate, dark chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and marshmallows.
Appearance:The head is a mocha or cappuccino color, great viscosity, great lacing. The beer is black and opaque.
Taste:The flavors on the foreaste are charcoal, roasted malts, chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt toast, bourbon, and vanilla. On the midtaste, I get raisins or figs. The aftertaste is the same as the midtaste, but slowly fades away.
Palate:Medium to heavy body, really really smooth. Subtle carbonation that is trying really hard to get thru the thick liquid.
Overall:This beer is amazingly balanced, and very complex, founders did an great job this year. Delicious.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had compliments of my incredible unselfish herculean roommate James. Pour is solid black with little milk chocolate. Aroma is dark chocolates, roasted malts, and yummys. Flavor is so chocolate and malts. So minor hints of alcohol. So well balanced. This is incredible.
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled pours jet black, light brown head, with roasted coffee aroma, roasted coffee flavor with bourbon and alcohol, thick syrupy mouth feel, coffee after taste
JulienHuxley (5512) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour, almost no head. Aroma is really strong I could already smell the coffee while it was pouring. Strong coffee notes, bourbon, booze and tobacco. Taste is a potent mix of espresso coffee and bourbon. Palate is actually dissapointingly thin with huge bourbon/alcohol burn on the end. Good, but still, generally dissapointing.
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Founders for RBSG’10 - dark, thick and syrupy. Molasse with a shot of espresso, hot and boozey. Bourbon, woody oaky and liquor.
jcos (1778) - Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle acquired a few months ago at Rodman’s in DC.
Sweet coffee aroma. Pitch black appearance cofffe stout taste, with slight burbon taste in the middle and an oak finish. Some sweetness from chocolate, hint of vanilla. Medium body, fairly nice texture. Somewhat long finish. Covers up the impressive alcohol percentage very well.
A very very nice imperial stout. Impressive palate and alcohol coverage.