TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours thick, like oil. Strong aroma, the bourbon stands out the most to me. Strong bourbony and stout flavors, and interesting mix of bitterness, with a hint of sweetness. I found it to have a slightly acidic bite to it. An interesting beer which I enjoyed. I bet this will be better in a year or two, probably a lot better.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2006 bottle. Wow! Thick jet black with tan head that settles quickly, good sudsy lacing on the glass. Notes of vanilla, caramel, nuts, dark fruit, and of course lots of smoky bourbon. Flavor explosion ....all I can think of is bourbon balls at Christmas - dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla/caramel, smooth smokey bourbon finish... Excellent. Nice mouthfeel, rich but not too thick. Very close to a perfect beer. Living in Kentucky, Iíve tried many bourbon stouts, but this is the best hands down. Anyone that still has the 2006, drink now.
Jimrbb (16) - USA - APR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
my favorit imperial stout. pours completely black. smooth rich roasty. fruits too.
13 % ! you wouldnít notice at all.
abcfan (849) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, amazing beer! Pours black with wispy tan head. Aroma is of vanilla and dark fruit. Very full mouthfeel, almost enough to chew on! Very smooth finish, with notes of vanilla, hard to believe this is 13%.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great vanilla notes....and super strong bourban character....great great stuff......I canít get enough of it.....oh yea.....after one or two......I canít have anymore after the 13%
one of my favorite barrel aged beers...esp after a year or so.......
AmEricanbrew (6449) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2010 2007 bottling. Black with a brown head. Big smell is whiskey vanilla charred wood with blackened malts and smoke. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Great taste of black malts, whiskey, oak, char, sweet vanilla, everything i love about barrel aged beers. Excellent. 11147
bgrubb7 (6) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had 12oz bottle of 2007. $5.99 a bottlefrom Picadilly in Champaign. As I poured it into the glass, Motor Oil came to mind. Not 10W30 that comes out of the bottle, but the stuff that you drain out of the pan after itís been in there for 5000 miles. The Bourbon and the alcohol burn, I can handle. What I couldnít get past was overwhelming taste of burnt prunes. Basically overpowered all the good qualities of the beer, and gave it a cough syrup quality. The other good flavors are there, you just have to look hard to find them. I would love to try one that has aged a little more to see if it balances out over time. On a side note after drinking half of the glass, I decided I wasnít really enjoying this anymore, so I dumped the remaining 6 oz into a 12 glass of Bass. Ended up with what was actually quite a fantastic, and still coal black stout.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 2007 bottle (thanks to those of you who have sent me a bottle or five in the past year). blackest colored viscous pour iíve seen in a while. itís topped with a tiny tan head that i worked vigorously for. very robust aroma that i could smell from across the room... definite bourbon, sugar cane, wood, vanilla, chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and booze. very rich and complex. the flavor.... not so much. bourbon burn and sweetness dominate over any beer that may have been in here. there are nuances but they are hard to get at... rich roasty grain, chocolate, vanilla and a light salty element. itís not bad just really hot. it finishes with lots of booze and barrel flavors before the alcohol starts penetrating through my skin. full bodied with a very creamy mouth feel. this needs some time to mellow. good thing iíve got so many!...
vertical tasting on 12/19/10...
í03 surprisingly good... peppery and molasses but it starts falling apart after ten minutes.
í05 is dead.soy mess.
06,07,08,09 are just mediocre and the same.
vanilla kicks all dem asses
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Powerful scent of sweet bourbon in the nose, overpowers the stout aspect of the scent (toast, wood, smoke). Pours dark and rich. The taste is a good example of the genre: roasted malts and chocolate but lots of bourbon and woody sweetness. Complex taste with stuff I couldnít place. A great example of the genre, but itís extremely sweet, almost cloying and personally I found it hard to get through 12 ounces. Maybe better as a dessert beer to have just ~2 ounces of.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you like bourbon and stouts, hands down this is your beer. This brew has a strong bourbon aroma that overpowers any other scent that might have come from your glass. The flavor is a mix of a sweet bourbon with roasted malts. There is just a touch of bitterness, which is perfect, and overall the palate is much cleaner than i anticipated.