jmm635 (816) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small mocha head that faded quickly. Aromas of bitter chocolate, rye, with good barrel essence. Rich flavor with a lasting finish. Alcohol present as it warms up but surprisingly drinkable for a beer over 10% abv.
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a small tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, pear, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid complexity; yeast off notes are quite strong, but don’t completely mask the whole aroma. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, rye, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, rye, light char, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of dark/roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. Even though the aromas were flawed, the taste was very nice with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Cbuk1013 (241) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly good bourbon barrel aged beer. Great balance for the style. Not sure how available this beer is, or the cost, but I’d search out some more.
BMMillsy (1091) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Bottle from a great trader. Pours a dark black with a verrrrry small brown head, very creamy looking. Rich aroma of chocolate and spice, a bit of roast, sweet brown sugar, and light barrel notes of whiskey and anise. Flavor is a big chocolate balanced with a beautiful whiskey sweetness from the barrel, a good bit of caramel flavor, and a roasty bitter finish. Very little heat here and nicely balanced spicy rye chocolate. Definite influence from the rye whiskey. Beautifully creamy on the palate with lowish carbonation. Like velvet. What a great beer. Seems very underrated to me.
mverity (218) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nice brown collar throughout. Aroma is lots of chocolate, some coffee, lots of earthiness, and a little scent of bourbon. Taste has a really nice earthy chocolate tone. The rye/bourbon also comes through pretty well. Tons of malt. Tons of malt. Yes, it needed repeating. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones. Pours an opaque dark brown color, with ruby tinges and a thick, quickly receding tan head that settles to a collar with thin streaks of lace. Faint cocoa nibs, mild roasts, and some spicy rye fill the nose. Taste is nice, strong bold whiskey and malt heavy stout. The rye flavor comes alive with the chocolate, vanilla and added sugars. There is a presence of spices also that add some balanced flavor. Alcohol is strong but not overboard. Low to medium carbonation and a thick, deep, very smooth, complex body.
Daytonbeer (568) - Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with off white head and no lacing. Aroma is loaded with rye, whiskey, and malts. Taste is dominated by whiskey and carmel malts. Good, but very strong. I can only have one.
Drake (7828) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a near black color with ruby highlights. Thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big whiskey notes, roast, chocolate, mild rye and fruits. The taste is earth, roast, wood, rye, whiskey, chocolate. Medium bodied, slight heat. Solid.
boto (1788) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 12oz. bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a tan head on it. Very little lacing. The nose is quite nice. Definitely has the aroma of rye whiskey, but not overly done. Chocolate malts and some roasted ones also in the nose. The taste is quite good. A bit of the rye flavor, but the alcohol is hidden. Chocolate, slight roasted malts and a subdued sweetness to it. A very fine beer!
matthewjk (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! This is a beer defined by its namesake: rye. Abundance of rye and caramel on the nose and tongue. This one is a little hot, but this is to be expected @ 11%ABV. I like it, many won’t.