AnokaBrewer (43) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Not much on aroma, but full on taste. Black in color, pours thick. Very sweet taste, though not a malty sweet. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, and raisin. Sweet chocolatey finish.
thomashall (179) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 12oz bottle. Pours dark black with minimal ring around the top. Strong caramel and toffee notes with some bourbon. Taste the same with slight booze. Nice balanced sweetness. Really amazing stuff!
c_lee_burton (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Bottle of 2014 from a 4 pack. Pours a midnight color with a slight opaque tan rim with a frothy dark tan head. Itís all bourbon on the nose with a hint of caramel. The complexity of malts, toasted caramel, bourbon booze, vanilla bean, and roasty earth flavors go in and out. The palate is smooth and full bodied.
fitwitchik (368) - USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle pour into a snifter the darkest brownest of black with almost not head.
Aroma is like boozy molasses.
Taste reminds me of dark Karo syrup. Like thick distinctive molasses. Age makes this even distinct. Love the bland of vanilla dark fruits as well.
Truly an outstanding imperial stout. Every. Year.
smroush (46) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas: heavy bourbon, vanilla, dried currents, bread, roasted aromas, alcohol, wood.
Appearance: dark brown, almost black, no head.
Taste: lots of alcohol sweetness, bitterness under the alcohol.
Palate: heavy body, a bit oily, creamy. Fairly carbonated mouthfeel despite the lack of a head.
Finish: lots of alcohol, some carbonation, coffee, lots of bourbon, a little burning like they added pure bourbon to the beer.
Overall this a complex interesting beer. Itís the first bourbon barrel stout Iíve had that has a burning sensation in your mouth like it has pure bourbon added to it. Still itís a bit over the top too, almost like a mixed drink rather than a beer.
jsnicholas (277) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz $7): Vintage 2014. Black with small head that disappears. Aroma is mostly bourbon. Taste is bourbon with bitter sweet chocolate. Nice sipper that I will pick up when available.
turtlesugar (5) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of too strong on the bourbon side. These seasonal blends are tough to do right, and they leaned a bit left with the liquor taste. Definitely meant to be sipped. Still tasty, but canít touch Backwoodís Bastard.
TH28 (166) - - DEC 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014. Appearance is jet black with no apparent head. Aroma is an intense bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, cherry, roasted malt, and molasses. Taste is amazingly complex. Starts with rich malt and dark fruit, giving way to layers of fruit, chocolate, molasses, toasted oak, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a rich creamy viscosity, hint of alcohol warmth, with little carbonation. Finishes with a malty finish and lingering flavors of oak, vanilla, and chocolate
sheiner (4) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours thick black with a brown head. At first smell I almost could have been convinced I was about to enjoy a glass of bourbon! Also has subtle notes of chocolate that came to the forefront as my nose grew accustomed to the initial alcohol. The mouthfeel is as rich as I expected from the pour. Sweet chocolate and subtle fruit oils, and strong enough to make me reach for some crackers! Overall a fantastic, albeit heavy stout.
deepeary (204) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle produced in Sept 2014, 13.8% abv. Pours pitch black with thin tan head. Nose is heavy on the bourbon barrel sweetness. Thick mouthfeel. Lots of boubon on the taste, vanilla, warming booze, sweet dark fruit, a bit of lingering chocolate in there. Very sweet, but smooth and balanced. Long finish. Lives up to the hype.