wchesser (1882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Dark black with a watery rim, fairly viscous but not as much as others in the style. Nose is slightly boozy with lots of vanilla, cocoa and dark chocolate, and some ashy malts. Taste is balanced between the bitter dark roast malts and sweet barrel character. Alcohol well integrated.
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Beer Advocate’s mschantz
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 3, 2016
Consumed: Aug. 19, 2016
Reviewed as: Oatmeal Stout
Misc.: 2015 release (est. bottled in Oct. 2015); Black-waxed neck/head
Super excited to try this one after working an in-person trade with Mike. He had got me a BBA Abominable: Coffee and Cinnamon before and I absolutely loved it (4.61 (100/A+)). In fact, it’s tied for 11th out of 1,476 reviews (as of Aug. 19, 2016; was No. 5 when I had it). Reading the back of the bottle, last year’s release was a blend of 18, 12 and 8-month bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star in 12-year-old Kentucky Bourbon barrels. Really wanted to wait even longer to try this one, but let’s go.
Poured a black opaque color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Outstanding spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)
Smelled smooth caramel, toffee, balanced bourbon, milk chocolate, creamy vanilla, touch of oak (even coconut?), cocoa, slightly burnt coffee beans, subtle molasses, chocolate syrup and hints of crayon. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.50)
Taste follows the nose for the most part. Really getting that milky chocolate up front, followed by slightly boozy bourbon (just a tad hot), toffee, caramel, vanilla, oaky wood, cocoa, dark chocolate syrup, bitter dark chocolate, light molasses and burnt sugar. Man that 14.5 percent is well hidden. (Taste - 4.50)
Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)
This was awesome. Not quite as good as the BBA Abominable: Coffee and Cinnamon, but definitely I would seek out again. I’m all in on Fremont beers. (Overall - 4.50)
4.50 100 A+
dmac (5466) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dan at my house. Poured a viscous dark black with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark toast. Flavor of light bourbon, vanilla, rum cake, charcoal and burnt choclate muffins. Fuller body, strong carbonation and a lasting aftertaste.
MrHangover (3896) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a minimum amount of brownish head on top. Aroma has loads of bourbon notes, molasses, toffee and caramel. Flavor is intensly sweet, again loads of bourbon with hints of vanilla and feels very thick and sugary. Really intense, strong imperial stout, nice barrel treatment going on and a long lasting, sweet and sticky aftertaste. Nicely done!!
Ed5388 (3167) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber shared by Dan. Poured black with a small creamy dark tan head. Aroma black malts, strong bourbon and oak. Taste of dark fruit, black malts, strong bourbon, oak, and a caramel finish.
thomashall (629) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Dark caramel brown pour. Strong bourbon and sweet caremel aroma. Taste follows, a little boozy. Pretty good stuff.
fletchfighters (1399) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet lack with a light tan head that falls to a thin collar. Good ABV legs and good spotty lacing.
Nose is Oats, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fudge, and bourbon. Excellent nose. Very little hint of the ABV.
Taste is bourbon, oak, chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, and oats.
Slightly sweet but expect that. big bodied, easy to drink, even at that ABV level. Seriously good beer.
deanso (8626) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared at a beer tasting.
Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Bourbon notes. Very nice
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting, thanks! Near black with a ring tan head. Aroma of oak barrel, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, booze and toffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
fluffy (2332) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wooo-weee this is a big old booze bomb and you can feel the 14% on this one.
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