adnielsen (7562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Dark black appearance with a dark brown head that disappears pretty quickly. Big roasty, dark, rich malty nose with plenty of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Thick, fairly syrupy, rich dark chocolate malty, roasty flavor with medium to heavy bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some booze on the finish and even more noticeable burn afterwards. Overall, a good Bourbon barrel Imperial Stout.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small, gone-in-seconds off-white head; fully black beer. Superb nose of Bourbon cask, vinous, cherries, and other black fruit. Superb (again) vinous, just-not-sweet malt taste, with lots of licorice, woody, and vanilla infused oak. Retronasal however the hops strike back to a pretty harsh, quinine-like flavour. Rich, velvety MF, alcohol without the burn. Creamy, even cobwebby texture. Superb stout, one for the records. Another thankee to my great friend DonGS from Seattle.
3fourths (7515) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Along with the bourbon and vanilla in the nose, thereís some very interesting notes of dates, red grapes, plums, raisins, sweet, sugary oak char, brown sugar, (light) maple, semi-robust firewood and roasted malts and a light touch of bread crust or toast. The texture is slick and big, chewy and viscous upon first touch, but then with a slight warming buzz of bourbon and semi-harsh (but not bad) oak. Lingers heavily on the back of the tongue and in the throat, with copious chocolate syrup and dark roast coffee notes, warming your body throughout, something I appreciate... when a beer can mimic the feeling you get from scotch. Reminds me of Owd Macís (though that lacked such strong bourbon) but the semi-intense char and bitterness is almost completely covered by the slick liquid-chocolate and smooth (this is key) alcohol.
2009 batch tastes like they threw bourbon in with the beer. What a mess.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Any first impressions?
-A bubbly head bobs over opaque black.
-Bourbon sweetness and wooden dryness monopolize the nose.
-Chocolate sweets, coffee beans, and malt roastiness decadently take over the palate; a pleasant surprise.
-The smooth and quiet carbonation leaves plenty of room for the maltiness to express itself.
What if you dig deeper?
-The sweetness is multi-layered, starting off chocolatey, then reaching a vanilla character, following into star anise/licorice territory.
-There is some warming from the alcohol, but it never intrudes with the wonderful flavors at play.
-There is no barrel aggression here, this is a well-supervised experiment.
-A very intelligently conceived bourbon-barrel imperial stout which deserves a round of applause.
Bottle; December í05.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what a huge offering from acertain. This one is ebony, with no apparent light transmittance, and a 1-finger tan head. Definite 5 for appearance. The aroma is marvelous and hefty, oaky, bourbony, with big roasty malt and chocoff, reminding me of Great Divide BA Yeti plus some Heresy and Founders Kentucky Breakfast aromas. The flavor is on the dry side, with a pronounced oak and bourbon flavor, plus cognac, some vanilla, and subdued chocolate. The entire beer retains a rather hard liquory taste and palate, but retains a solid complexity, like a fine scotch. Does get hot, but as many have stated before, youíll be used to it by the time you get to the end of the beer.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 May 2007. 2006 Edition. Black body, wiht a small creamy brown head. (3+) Massive boozy vanilla aroma, booze becomes unwieldy on alternating waves. Lovely vanilla flavours up front are sweet and sumptuous, sweet malt in the middle, and an overwhelming alcoholic finish. With less boozy wood it might be glorious. Smooth medium palate. 7/3+/7/3+/14 - 3.6
<P>October 2006. Bottle courtesy of either LarryPitonka or Secret Santa. Black body with a good sized fluffy dark tan head. Vanilla up front, woody alcohol follow up. Bracing alcohol, woody burn, vanilla, hints at sweet coconut. Burn mellows a bit as the glass goes on. Bitterness lasts long into the finish. Medium to full bodied palate (3+). A very nice stout but the influence of the barrel is just a touch too strong for my liking. 8/4/7/4/16 - 3.9
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Tried this again in Dec. 07 and it has aged quite nicely. In fact Iím bumping my score up a bit.
Pours a nearly opaque black with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Rich, almost pure bourbon aroma has lots of vanilla, oak and toasty caramel toffee. Body starts with some sweet toasty caramel with hints of milk chocolate, coconut and nuts along with plenty of bourbon and a nice malty presence. The bourbon character is nearly overwhelming right now, but this should age very well.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Beer Run, 9.6% ABV. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of huge whiskey notes, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild roasted malts. The taste is vanilla, whiskey, roast, wood, bitter chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at LCRBM #5.
Very dark brown with an excellent beige head. Big barrelly coconut and vanilla. A huge slew of roasted malt, some nutty accents and the obvious chocolate and coffee. Just a little too much bourbon for me to really get excited but itís certainly a bloody good beer.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a big sample of this at the ORF pre-release tasting. Thanks SpencerDB for sharing! Holy god. This beer kicks ass. It is one of the smoothest, creamiest, easy to drink beers Iíve ever encountered. It pours jet black with a scary dark brown head. Aroma is licorice, anise, huge bourbon presence, dark chocolate truffles, vanilla extract, caramel. Taste is buttery smooth and rich, lots of mellowed out warming bourbon, rich chocolates. Absent is what plagues imperial stouts: too much cheap coffee, roast, ash, alcohol. This feels like it has been aging for 2 or more years. Overall, I íd say this was the highlight of the ORF tasting apart from the DR BA Baltic Porter.