wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, - AUG 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated at Keystone Colorado, around 9.3K Meters above sea level. Rated in typical ski chalet glassware. Dark, black, some reddish hues. Little or no head. What is presented, graces the rim of the glass and is a smoky tan color. Aroma is of bourbon......deep turkey nasty southern bourbon. Sipping lightly, it appears a though was a cheap mix of Jack D and a moderately acceptable stout. (Baltic or Russian). Finishes with a kentucky type palate....more bourbon than beer. Hmm... why is this rated so high (ABV?)
claesnl (3) - KÝbenhavn NV, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Easily the best dark beer I ever had. Just the smell is amazing. When I first had it, we drank other beers in between taking sips to make it last longer, just so we could still smell it.
JHeath99 (1027) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared from 2012. Tasting side by side with a KBS. Pours a deep dark opaque black with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Excellent beer.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"I love the style. The bar was set high. This one is great, but not the best. Not a ton of balance here, not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but the bourbon with a side of stout was ALMOSTa little too sticky sweet by the end. i would have given it an even higher grade if Iíd split a bottle. Score upped a tenth upon multiple revisits :)"
EcnarM (96) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great job by Goose Island. This 2013 bottle did not disappoint at all. It had a smooth bourbon aroma and flavor that never overpowered the underlying beer. Wow, nice job guys, can't wait to have another one!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
2012 Edition. Bottled in 23.08.2012. Thanks to stevedore for bringing this one from US!
A: Pours an absolutely black color forming a minimal beige to brown head (and Iíve poured quite aggressively :)). Minimal retention and no lacings left
S: Absolutely delicious in the nose. Strong notes of oak and bourbon. Sweet candy. Vanilla and chocolate notes. Roasted malts. A bit booze
T: Sweet upfront followed by a roasted bitterness. Strong notes of oak, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon. Licorice. Extremely creamy and molasses. Impressive. Good bitterness caused by roasted malts, mainly. Perfect taste
M: Heavy body. Extremely creamy and smooth: Impressive. Low carbonation. The thickest beer Iíve ever tried. Perfect body. Bittersweet aftertaste
O: Perfect drinkability. One of the best Imperial Stouts ever! No more comments...
[ BA Review @ 8/1/2013 ]
Darkmagus82 (1743) - - OCT 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-3-14-
2013 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance Ė The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a tiny brown colored head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the brew in the glass, its thickness could be seen, with fingers of the beer clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly receding to the bottom of the glass to its resting place.
Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is massive of sweet smells with caramel, molasses, dark fruits of raisin, plum and cherry, as well as a little bit of vanilla all there. Along with these smells are lots of darker aromas of chocolate and roasted malt smells as well as some other lighter aromas of coffee. Rounding out all these smells, and as the name would suggest, a huge bourbon smell as well as a nice woody aroma mix with the rest of the smells, producing a delicious, very dark, sweet and warming aroma overall.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor along with sweeter flavors of molasses and darker fruits of raisin and prune. Right from the start, there is also a big bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor is big and smooth tasting with lots of oaky and woody flavors mixed within. The bourbon gets even richer as the taste advances, bringing with it just a hint of bitterness as more woodsy flavors and a bit of coffee come to the tongue. Along with these increases in the boozy tastes, other sweeter flavors of vanilla and a bit of chocolate come to the tongue more toward the end complementing the other flavors nicely. In the end, with all the nice roasted, sweet, and bourbon flavors of the brew, a very pleasant and still very smooth, yet somehow very warming taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and creamy body are most fantastic for the darker and heavy boozy and sweet flavors of the brew, with the lower carbonation only enhancing these flavors even more. With the lower carbonation and super thick body, all the fantastic flavors really get to sit and coat the mouth allowing the taste buds to be bathed in all the delicious flavors and soothing the mouth with a fantastic feel.
Overall ĖThis is a super flavorful, yet massively smooth and balanced stout with an amazing blend of bourbon, sweet, and roast flavor. A sipping stout like no other, and up at the top of my list. Oh so delicious and enjoyable.
Beerconnaiseur (98) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thin-head-pour. Seems very oily... and indeed; this follows up during tasting. Caramel malts, licorice and an intense alcohol burn in the nose. At first monotonous but enriching after a few smells and sips. Very delicate but poignant taste character, perfectly enriched by the intertwining of the alcohol fume - breathtaking in a literal sense, almost takes a manís oxygen away. Taste is slightly sticky in aftertaste, I detect some oak and a bitterness in the background. An oily stout from the malt extracts and barrel aging. Everything in this beer feels like being offered with moderation and balance, but still poignant in itís simplicity. Lovely stout, really, but over-priced in Belgium (13EUR).. Hype is a dangerous thing. Although, with the correct aging time an excellent experience well worth it.
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with thin head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, lactose and smoke. Taste complex, sweet and some bitter. Oily mouthfeel. Some alcohol burn.
CraftBeerNick (929) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rate #900. Bottle at home, 28th September 14. Aroma, liquorice, leather, bourbon, palate is silky, thick and rich, taste is slick, liquorice, bourbon and leather, very decadent. Good stuff
flip_soeperman (622) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice black thick viscous malty beer with some plum, molasses. Not that bitter, no head at all, but really nice!