mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous thick black body with a smallish mocha head. First of all, the aroma is fantastic - lots and lots of vanilla here among smooth chocolate, toffee, and toasted malt. Unfortunately the flavour is overwhelmed entirely by alcohol and itís very difficult to drink...I had a half bottle sample and it took me upwards of an hour to drink. Burnt malt and again there are notes of vanilla but itís really difficult to get past the alcohol burn. Iíd like to try this again in two years if it were to mellow out.
Thanks for sharing this, Len.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks so much Phil for hooking me up with this one, much appreciated. Opaque black pour with a thin ring of mocha head. Initial blast of dark chocolate and an assault of vanilla with burnt wood and dark rum, all fill the nose. Very heavy on the vanilla in flavour, robust coffee chocolate, with burnt toast notes. But the booze comes through, and almost puts up a blockade. I mean, this is tough to even sip. Finish is almost all booze, with a little dark rum and chocolate. Perhaps a little too one dimensional. This is very good, just not exceptional. Really glad I got to try it though, thanks P-dog!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, shared by cquiroga - thanks Chris! Pours ebony and opaque with a small, tannish head. Aroma of bourbon, dark roasty malts, creamy sweet coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Smooth, rich flavor, chocolate, more coffee, bourbon and kahlua, roasty bitterness and a brash alcohol presence. Smooth, liquid velvet mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Yowsa, this is good!
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small tan head that disappears completely. Aroma is strong bourbon with chocolate, oak, and vanilla hints. Flavor reminds me a lot of a chocolate chip cookie dipped in bourbon. Strong alcohol but very fitting to everything else in the taste. If the alcohol was judt a tas more subdude, those 8ís would be 9ís. Pretty big and oily palate. Just did a vertical with CWBBS from the same year and this one stomped it!!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small brown head. Vanilla, oatmeal-raisin cookie aroma with heavy bourbon. Currants, alefruit, and some bittersweet chocolate all get crushed underneath astringent oak tannins and palate destroying bourbon and fusel alcohol. High alcohol heat in the finish, tapers to reveal some caramel and toastiness. Mouthfeel is heavy, hot. update: second bottle was even more bourbon forward
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with mahogany highlights, reddish tinged tan cap that settles quickly. Lots of stale wood in the aroma that makes me think a little of hamster bedding. Bourbon (surprise), carmel. Sweet carmel flavor, kind of sticky, a little roast, a little bit of resiny hops, vanilla ice cream. Soft full palate with just a touch of astringency. Iíd kind of like to taste this stout sans barrel. It has elements that are really very good, but it canít seem to make them cohesive, and the oak isnít helping, especially in the aroma.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kmpitz2 & TAR for this...
Appears black with a bubbly 2 finger tan head that quickly fades into a small collar. No lacing is left behind that there is little head retention.
Smell is of subdued candied bourbon & American oak & rich caramel vanilla, bitter chocolate, raisins melted into a rich, sugary syrup, and perhaps a rich cherimoya sorbet in there as well. Obviously complex!
Taste is of the same aromas...left in the barrel just the right amount of time.
Mouthfeel is chewy, caramely sweet, smooth, slightly fizzy on the swallow with an alcohol burn. The ABV is evident before it even reaches the mouth. It almost burns the eyes as the glass approaches the nose and mouth.
Drinkability is very candy like and addictive with intense flavors. ABV is there but it is very delicious. One bottle is enough to do the job for the night. Savor every last drop of this!
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Insane Marshmallow aroma, cinnamon raisin bread with oak in the background. Incredibly rich and sweet like a spice cake, with brown sugar/mollasses and caramel noticed in the flavor. Medium-full body. This is disappointing as an imperial stout, but an interesting and tasty beer nonetheless.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very thick and dark. All I can smell is bourbon with a touch of chocolate coffee. I can taste coffee but I can taste a lot of bourbon in it. My body had a warm glow. After some time I can taste more like some caramel and more chocolate. You have to sip and let it warm up to room temp. to apreciate this stout. Still a little to overpowering still in the bourbon flavor.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Very smooth. I could drink it like water. I am going to marry it. Malty smooth with brown sugary goodness. Slightly bitter.