ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FROM NOTES: November 29, í13 on draft into a snifter at the Black Friday event @ Kraftrwork, Philly.
A: Bourbon and sweet malts mostly with some dark fruits and hints of bitter coffee. Some vanilla and oak also come through with a definite char.
A: Pours a very dark almost black with a small head and not much lacing.
T: Bourbon initially, with a syrupy sweetness followed by a roasted bitterness. Strong notes of oak, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon with some faint black licorice notes. Sweetness and bourbon with strong alcohol burn in the finish.
P: ULTRA thick and oily, with little carbonation with an extra long finish.
O: IMO, there are better bourbon aged beers out there. That being said, this is a very good one, perhaps even one of the better ones. Slightly cloying with a high ABV makes this one a long sipper.
Livendadream (124) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Btl pours a used motor oil color,black and thick. Small brown head that vanishes quickly leaving specks of lace. Aromas of bourbon,toffee,raisins, wood,vanilla,alcohol,earth and a hint of charcoal. Tastes of bourbon,sweet caramel,vanilla,dates,molasses,woodiness and dark chocolate. Massive full body,chewy yet smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation(due to age?) and a sweet syrupy alcohol finish. An amazingly complex beverage that definitely gets better with some age. A beer that begs to be savored and coddled! Truly glorious!!!!
78samh (164) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz(2014) bottle pours dark black with a little head. Aroma is bourbon, oak and dark malts. Taste is amazing at first sip. Chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses and near perfection. A slight syrupy mouth feel. A descent burn at finish. It doesnít get much better than this. Near perfect impy stout.
thorongil2 (1351) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of wet wood; stewed fruit; rich, balanced flavour, well hidden alcohol
two7offsuit (223) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown brown with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is much the same. Good stuff.
Dr_Fellini (501) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium brown head. Aroma is light roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, touch of chocolate. Flavor is huge bourbon, vanilla, with a nice background of light roasted malts. Not overly roasted bitterness. Lingering bourbon and vanilla. Fantastic as always! Although maybe a bit lighter than previous years.
Pipeliner9 (1) - Berwick, USA - NOV 21, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Donít drink this if you do not like bourbon or stouts or bourbon. High abv is very prevalent. Should have let this one age. Drink at the right temp for full effect.
atlrizzob (167) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 12 oz. bottle purchased from our local beverage market. Coffee black with tan head. Aroma is coffee, leather, wheat, chocolate, and bourbon. Silky smooth taste with profiles of dark chocolate, coffee nibs, roasted sweetness. Slight booziness. Very good stout. No longer needed my jacket after drinking. Would like to let a bottle age a few years.
gEUS (1242) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as a gift from the Dennoman, vintage 2012. Pours deep brown to black with a dark brown hue, quickly dissapating head. Intense and rather intruive bourbon scent, lots of vanilla, coconut, Medium body, immediate alcohol attack, little sweet undertone, but hell... it buuuurns. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee. Frankly... I am not impressed.
elbernays (594) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours deep oily black. Tan head which disappears. Aroma is coffee, oak, whiskey, earth, tannin, leather. The barrel is in this beer. Not too much on the bourbon side which is good. Flavour is so full. This is a huge beer. Creamy, lactose, coffee, whiskey flavour. A syrup dry sweet alcohol finish. Little to no carbonation. ABV is there but managed well. Will sip for a while. Wow.
robbmotiwalla (60) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle.Smells like bourbon, tastes like bourbon. Iíd like a little bit more of the bitterness to come through. Tastes like bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather. A little too sweet. Not sure if it is worth the hype. Very good nonetheless