Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Churchkey. Deep black pour, thin tan head. Roasty, charred, coffee aroma. Tastes of char and roast, oats, bitter coffee, almost espresso like with a smooth alcohol burn at the end. Very nice, but thereís not a lot to it other than char and sharp coffee. Could use a little more complexity, though this is still a very nice, rich stout.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2011 Bottle, thx for sharing tarheles. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Flavor is delicious, coffee/chocolate with a nice bourbon kick and light boozy note. Very drinkable for a 11% abv beer. I want more!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 G: Oversized snifter.
A: Pours very, very dark and thick with a single-finger caramel-colored head, which has plenty of carbonation and air bubbles. Head recedes quickly; nice lacing.
S: Coffee and dark chocolate. A little bit of hops. Bourbon presence with a little bit of alcohol.
T: Burnt espresso to go with the bourbon; lots of malt and a little bit of hops to go along with the alcohol. Chocolate and creamy flavors linger after the beer goes down. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well. Incredibly complex--each sip brings something new.
M: Incredibly smooth. Unbelievably sooth and medium-bodied in the mouth, with the perfect amount of carbonation and a striking alcohol presence, which is not overpowering. Simply lovely.
D: Very drinkable for the style and ABV. Itís a shame I was only able to pick up two bottles--hopefully I can scrounge some more up somewhere else.
Leafs93 (2136) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Chalsk. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick and creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee, bourbon, smokeyness and vanilla. Taste is sweet with a resiny thick finish. An absolute gem of a beer. I thought this was a bit overated but was sorely mistaken.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another beer from a trade with Daknole. This one has a pour that reminds me of soy-sauce with a head that are almost not there - only as a a edgy brownie line. The nose is a blend between bourbon vanilla and strong coffee. The taste is also dominated by the bourbon that are up-front with a nice edge of biting alcohol. The coffee is special notisasble in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium. I kinda miss some complexity in this one and I canít help but feeling a bit disappointed. Nice beer to try though. Thx
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft at the Stable. Tasted side by side with CBS. Pours dark with a brown head. Has a much stronger bourbon flavor than the CBS. Can really taste the alcohol. Really get the flavor of coffee and oatmeal as well. Overall a great beer.
glennmastrange (2683) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of molasses, dark chocolate, and strong coffee, light resin and earth for the hops and yeast, with background notes of bourbon, smoke and dried berry. Head is small, fizzy, light brown with fair slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is full, syrupy and has a soft carbonation with a moderately to heavily alcoholic and lightly sticky finish. This Imperial Stout really is great for any occasion. Full and rich, perfect for morning, day or night.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of bourbon barrel aroma and taste here, but never overpowering. Coffee and oatmeal really standing out as well. Long lasting flavour. If you like bourbon, coffee and roast, youíll definitely like this and if werenít for the fact itís so hard to come by and its price tag, Iíd be drinking it all the time.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma is huge and full of sweet bourbon, chocolate, coffee, light roast, and coconut. Flavor shows the same and in a BIG way. This was a young bottle and at this point in its life, it seems as though none of the flavors feel like taking the backseat. Each sip was a pleasure, and I look forward to trying this one again in the future.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(shared courtesy of Walter!) Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and bourbon. Taste is sweet with bourbon notes and roasty bitterness. Full bodied with creamy/slick texture. Finish is roasty bitter and a big alcohol burn. A really nice beer that Iíd love to have more often. My biggest issue is that it was very hot and this particular bottle was from March 2010. This would be more enjoyable if it were aged longer so it can loose some íheatí. This will be a re-rate.