harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened with an ’08 next to it (courtesy of Rob, thanks dude!) It is amazing to compare side by side what the barrel and time did in this beer.
Opened on a Wednesday, just because. Pours a nice dark leather with no discernable carbonation - which suits this beer. When I dive into the beer I experience a nose only similar to on other beer I’ve had - ORF 2009. The Pappy 23 barrels DO actually impart a unique nose and it’s minerally, rich, dessert like and difficult for me to describe. Flavor follows and is quite rich. A really fine, nearly empty carbonation allows the medium on heavy beer to roll over the tongue slowly and results in a long finish.
There are some things here that are interesting - no carb really, resulting in a less than desirable mouthfeel and appearance. That’s a standard feeling, but here I am making concessions, as the beer is still lovely and feels very, very nice. I don’t know if it was intentional, but these two characteristics match the personality of the beer outstandingly.
Serving type: bottle
sawbuck (447) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Thanks uncle Buck for this bottle. Bottled on 11-19-2010 # 6633. Huge aroma of molasses, coffee, bourbon, and you can feel the heat in the aroma from the alcohol. Ebony black with a tiny head. You cannot describe the taste in the space allotted here. Smokey sweet molasses coats your mouth, and then the other flavors melt through. Vanilla, choacolate, hints of bourbon, and bitter sweet chocolate. Finishes with a warming burn from the alcohol and the perfect amount of bitterness. Notes of charcoal also, outstanding, worth the wait.
monkeychugg55 (961) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap!! Black with a small ring of light brown head. The aroma is huge on bourbon barrel, with lots of smooth chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol, and faint dark fruit. The flavor is super smooth, with lots of chocolate and residual sugar. Nice mellow whiskey and vanilla, with a bit of cherry on the finish. Incredibly smooth, viscous body reminds me of melted ice cream. Amazing.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pours motor oil with thin tan head from 22oz bottle. Nose is of vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Palate is thick and full, with not much of a linger. Perfect. Sweet coffee, mocha, boubon taste. Little to no burn but there is warmth. Probably the most well blended beer I’ve had. There is no dount that this beer is special.
bnielsen13 (257) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In line @ Darkness Day 2013. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, roasted malts. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. This is one excellent beer.
Marheb (3283) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Une version plus onctueuse avec un bourbon plus complexe et mieux intégré que la régulière. Je suis vraiment surpris par leur différence, pas la distance qui les sépare mais plutôt la nature de leur spécificité. Les notes de chocolat sont beaucoup plus profondes, comme si je buvais un mi-cuit de chocolat noir. Je suis encore ému par ce nectar, même quelques semaines plus tard. La bouteille dans mon cellier va couler pour une occasion très spéciale, ai-je vraiment le choix.
seymour (1684) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tasted from a numbered bottle at Three Kings Public House during the Goose Island Migration Week St. Louis. It poured an opaque, nearly black color, reddish at the corners when held to the light, with thin but lasting tan foam, Belgian lace and alcoholic legs when swirled. Irresistibly rich bourbon barrel aromas: toasted hardwood, vanilla, buttery booze. Standard imperial stout characteristics too: caramel, brown bread, toast, roasted barley, dark chocolate, nuts, toffee, coffee and cream, plums and sour cherries, faint black pepper and bright acidity. Faintly tangy hops bitterness made it all the way through. Medium heavy body, full chewy mouthfeel, smooth alcoholic warmth. Exquisite multi-layered aftertastes: fruity, tart, toasty, bourbon-y. As with other versions of BCS, the syrupy thickness and dark tannins actually stained the glass. Insanely delicious. I didn’t think I’d ever get to try this sought-after beer. It’s seldom that something so hyped and highly anticipated actually IS as good as they say. This is undoubtedly one of those times. A near perfect beer.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled with a generous BA person at Pig Minds. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark fermented fruits...wow. One of the most complex beers Ive had. Absolutely awesome.
merc7186 (2605) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had this beer poured from a bomber (#3554) into a snifter glass.
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Mild Head Ring, No Lacing
S: Vanilla, Bourbon
T: Smoothe Bourbon, Vanilla
M: Mild Carbonation, Full Bodied, Smooth Mild Booziness
Overall, yep, the real deal.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole! This pours a deep dark black with a thin minimal mocha head. Aroma of this is big barrel char, raisins, plums, brown sugar, chocolate, and vanilla, oak and faint roasted coffee. Taste is the same as aroma but defiantly gets better once it warms up a bit. Well balanced, smooth and little to no carbonation. A big, rich, complex stout that changes flavors when drinking and finishes very nicely!