SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to my good friend duckfan’s cellar: Poured a black with a tan head. Very strong alcohol, molasses, malt aroma. Taste is sweet malt boozy, sugary, strong alcohol.
S_Side_Smitty (700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is licorice, oak-vanilla, and a slight alcohol bite. Taste is molasses, roasted malts, oak, and bitter chocolate - in that order. The finish kinda falls off. Not bad.
Cybercat (4991) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque coffee brown with a substantial tan head that leaves good lacing. Rich aroma has notes of roast malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel plus a hint of woody hops. Flavor has bold roast malt, coffee, earthy and nutty notes plus chocolate, molasses and hoppy undertones. Mouthfeel is firm and viscous, though fizz is average. Definitely black gold.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours very dark, aroma rich and roasty, lots of Bourbon. Sweetness, chocolate, lovely. Body smooth and a bit creamy. Age has done this well!
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black pour with off white head. Full roasty aroma, chocolate and malt. Full bodied, licorice, chocolate roast nuts. Long finish witha hop note.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Parkway. Deep red-black pour with a short tan head leaving heavy lace. Nose is chocolate, licorice and booze. Heavy body and medium carbonation, with an oily mouth feel - particularly near the finish. Baking chocolate, cherry, licorice, vanilla and caramel. Finish is sweet and chocolatey with a touch of coffee late. A bit sweet for me, but really smooth and lovely - one of the better barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Vintage Sellers in Great Falls , MT. Poured thick and black into my Maudite glass, 1.5-finger dark tan head, spotty lacing, pretty average looking for a Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Nose is big, sweet bourbon, loads of vanilla and bourbon notes, lots of "chocolate shake" notes, a bit boozy, more complex than I was really expecting. Shades of Bourbon County or Ivan the Terrible in the nose. Flavours are a bit disappointing - Stout shows plenty of dark fruit and decent roast, though a bit thin. The Bourbon notes are pretty fantastic, again - Full Sail clearly spent good money on quality Bourbon casks, and I’m sure the stout underneath is just fine, it just isn’t quite big enough to handle the big bourbon notes. A solid effort from Full Sail.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2009 bottle, sampled 8/15/10). Black color. Medium tan head. Moderate chocolate aroma with light alcohol. Flavor of the same, with light roastiness. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample on tap at PIB. Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, lightly smoked wood, bourbon. Flavour of dark fruity sweetness, coffee, molasses, butterscotch and oak. Cloying. Too sweet and boozy.
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, sugar, licorice and booze. Flavour is quite boozy, with licorice, some oak - finishing boozy and oaky. The booze and oak cancels out any other complexity this beer may have otherwise had. Just drinkable.