rudolf (2276) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Santa! Utter black, brown head subsides into a thin film. Nose is tar, coffee, slight bourbon, some chocolate covered cherry, vanilla. Flavor is bitter malt, chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of tobacco. Great burnt malt w. coffee finish. Great heavy mouthfeel. Stunning. An example that shows that barrel aging can be great when done well.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had been looking for this for a long time, and Rooftoprogue casually throws this in a box as an extra. Thanks Rob! Pours a viscous oil brown black with a very faint wisp of a brown head (sort of disappointing). But the aroma makes up for it, which you can smell across the room. Strong aroma of dried oak and dark roast malt, with some vanilla in the background. Soft carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Initial flavor of coffee and dark chocolate that transitions to vanilla, pepper, and dark roast malts. Bitter but mildly sweet finish, with small hints of bourbon. Lots of dusty, dry char on the finish. I liked this one a lot. Probably the strongest wood and char notes of any beer I have had so far. I rated this lower than the Breakfast, but I like it better. WTF?
TheEpeeist (2817) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 First beer in a 5 round, top-rated imperial stout blind tasting to be held over the next few months. Four beers with similar characteristics will be sampled in each round. Round 1 - Bourbon Barrel. 12 oz bottle. Dark chocolate brown with a wisp and thin ring of tan head. Intoxicating nose of oak, bourbon and dusty dark chocolate; fruitcake and currants emerge. Silky sipper with bourbon and Bakerís chocolate. Lime peel tingle. Notes of coffee with cinnamon stick. Beet sweetness.
NYMojoMan (12) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 This is a beer that makes itself want to rerate every other beer. I had this at a tasting in Atlanta. Slightly chilled from Room temp in a Three Philosophers Snifter WOW is all I say! Stout color is there with little head. At 10 % The Trolls in the Stout barrels release flavors unknown to any other stout. I;ve had the breakfast stout and I know this sounds crazy but the vanilla bean coffee, chocolate fades into a Bourbon Frappucino. Thats What I taste. I am a brewer and Have made imperial stouts that blow my mind but I have no clue how this is done. All i have to say is Best american beer ever for me now.!!!!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Acquired way back at DLD 06 and I finally cracked it. Poured a deep oily black no head. Aroma was light coffee and roasted malts with a smooth oaken bourbon. Flavor was much of the same a little of chocolate in there as well but then the alcohol kicks in. The palate was nice and smooth but the alcohol was still so prevalent. Overall I liked it and think this would be a good warmer every now and again.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2007 Re-rate. Bottle. Pours an oily black with tiny brown head that retreats quickly. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts, bourbon , oak. Taste is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, alcohol, malt. Palate is super viscous, ultra full bodied. A spoon stands straight up in the glass. Phenominal!!
awaisanen (1312) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours an oily dark black color with a nice layer of toasted brown head. Intensely strong aroma that reeks of charred chubs and stale coffee grounds. My initial aroma reaction upon cracking the twist off was that this brew smelled like a smoked slim jim, which didnít get me off to a promising start. Upon deeper meditation, Iím realizing its actually more weighted toward raw bourbon, burned Starbucks coffee, and a hint of char. The mouthfeel is a pleasant surprise after the disappointing aroma; rich and creamy and brimming with bourbony vanilla notes. Creamy dark chocolates, roasted coffee, ash, and far too much bourbon for my palate to decipher. Excessively overdone, mixed up, unbalanced roasted coffee bourbon flavors make this a confusing brew overall.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow about sums up this beer. I was very impressed with how well the taste of burbon was pulled off in this brew, very much there without hitting you over the head with it. I had this following the Breakfast Stout and I was quite amazed at how different they tasted, while both great beers this one has a bit more of a trp down the rabbit hole.
This is one amazing beer, it looks as great as the other reviews and if you are a stout drinker, itís a must try beer.
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
good beer. bourbon flavor is very plentiful. slight coffee taste. quite sweet and strong
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice all around. Bourbon flavor and aroma present, but not overwhelming. Big coffee and chocolate. Very sweet. Incredible.