ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz (2012 vintage) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a wondrously pitch black color. However, thereís hardly any head. Any vestiges of a tan-colored head fade quickly and leave almost no lacing. Really, weíve got to start talking about alcohol legs when we get to this gravity. And theyíre pretty impressive.
S: Tons of bourbon, augmented by dark fruits and vanilla. Not much in the way of roasted malts; it pretty much hits on the sweeter aspects of a good imperial stout, rather than the more savory ones. Itís really not that boozy for 15%, either. Not the strongest aroma ever (due to the low carbonation), but incredibly evocative.
T: Sweet? Yes. Boozy? Yes. The flavor I notice first are stewed plums, raisins, and figs - this has a hell of a dark fruit note to it. Ultimately, it will finish with its trademark bourbon character and vanilla-infused chocolate. A slight note of smokiness will appear after a while. Itís warm, yes, but given its gravity, the booze could be a lot worse. Basically, it has the hallmark character of a proper boozy beer - an alcohol character that blends with the flavor profile instead of clashing. This definitely bears a passing resemblance to FW Parabola, only with a lot more in the way of finesse and balance. The only thing missing is some complexity; thankfully, whatís there is very enjoyable to savor slowly.
M: The finish is ultra syrupy, wet, and sweet. Very creamy in its palate texture, aided by the subtle (at best) carbonation. Some oak tannins come out in the late aftertaste in an attempt to dry the palate a little, but to no avail. This really is the type of beer that sits indolently on the tongue with massive, thick sweetness. You will NOT drink this quickly, so donít even dare - just veg over it for an hour or two and everything will be peachy keen.
O: Well, what more can be said? Itís a big monster, but with enough deftness and sophistication to help give it a little extra ísomethingí. On the other hand, there is enough harshness to suggest this needs to lay down in the cellar for a bit. Regardless, this is something everyone should try at least once in their life.
Kroney (189) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIF project. Pours pitch black, no head, no lacing. Aroma is divine... bourbon, vanilla, roasted cacao nibs, dark chocolate, mild coconut, intense roasted coffee. Flavor is immediate bourbon but gives way to an amazing complex flavor bomb... Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, back to chocolate then some coconut then back to bitter chocolate with some good bitterness sneaking through right at the end with the alcohol warning. Fantastic.
LiquorHound (25) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted a 2014 bottle on 4-12-2015.
Wow, it has a huge bourbon barrel flavor! Tons of vanilla, dried coconut and dried fruits with a super silky mouthfeel.
It's easily a top 10 bourbon in my opinion. It deserves to be alongside other great stouts such as the Firestone 18th, KBS, and Old Rasputin Barrel Aged.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lizardking3 (172) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty amazing. Pours thick black with dark brown gead. Smells of soy sauce, vanilla, cola, chocolate. Tons of bourbon flavors. Coconut, vanilla, leather. Only aged 7 months, so this has tons of booziness. It is so warm in my chest. Mouth feel is almost sickly sweet, but sip this one and youíll be fine. Really complex stuff
Welley_Alves (225) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic Brew! Pours black thick with beige thin head, creamy. Wonderful port wine aroma, black currants and wild cherries. Velvety on mouth, with vanilla bourbon kick. Marvelous!
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connor0415 (47) - - APR 9, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The perfect bourbon barrel stout. Smells of bourbon, sweet oaky vanilla, black licorice, cocoa, and some caramel. Very thick on the palate, the bourbon is the main focus but you also get some coffee, honey and vanilla. A bit more whiskey heat on the back end and leaves a chocolate taste on the tongue. Overall itís an awesome beer, the king of bourbon barrel stouts. One of the must try beers for any beer lover
jeffbigD (101) - - APR 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours straight black no head or carb. Nice blend of coffee and dark molasses. Overall great coffee stout.
rejtable (1588) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow!! Huge beer, crazy. 2014 bottle from farmhouse.. Pours jet black limited head and no lacing. Nose huge bourbon and sweet syrup. Flavours massive vanilla and bourbon molasses and dark fruit. Taste massive sweet big bitter. Big thick body med carbonation.
katrinaez (351) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Must have had 2013 back then. Just updating this app. I recall enjoying it a lot and thinking the bourbon was balanced well. It didnít over power anything.
Shaunmaloney (39) - Kasson, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another year another win. Best beer of the year. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and good days ahead. Well done!
ametras (617) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
 355ml bottle. Pitch black with a thin ring of brown foam. Flavors are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, smoke, oak and bourbon. Pleasant alcohol warmth, but never too boozy. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture.