zimbo (607) - - DEC 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Billowing smoke in the neck of the bottle when opened. Nice brown thinnish head which disappears quickly. Obviously the first whiff of the glass yeild smoke, bourbon and wood. The bourbon is definitely there but in the background. Burnt , chewy & meaty with tobacco Caramel and some cola. And the bourbon is restrained. Potent, delicious but in no way was it a brain rattler
aleigator (282) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
í14 version, many thanks to Tom!
Pours a thick, syrupy, completely black color, with a small, soon disappearing dark brown head, leaving a very thin lacing at the edge of the glass.
Has an intriguing nose of earthy, scorched malts with hints of molasses to it, along with milk chocolate, vanilla notes and a gentle barrel infusion, providing a convincing amount of wood and slightly hot Bourbon, blending outstandingly well into the sweeter notes of the beer, building up a fantastic, complexity. A generous amount of toffee and cocoa nibs complete the inviting aromas of this beer.
Tastes of earthy, wooden, toasted malts, mingled together with an unbelievable chocolate creaminess, giving this beer its incredible smooth mouthfeel. Even though this is a sipper, it drinks fairly easy, as the alcohol isnít hidden, but a fundamentaly, well integrated aspect. The Bourbon builds up on the palate above the malt and chocolate foundation, inviting sweeter flavors of molasses, toffee and nougat to the taste, which not only provide a well fitting depth, but also are responsible for wrapping up any alcoholic burn in a very pleasant way, providing a rich, complex, slightly burning Bourbon character with oaken qualities to it. These then again blend well into the malts, leading to a sweeter finish, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the end, calmed by lots of bakers chocolate, exiting with a short, sharp bourbon bite.
Jlax10 (5) - Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great nose....perfect body for a stout. The taste is a little boozy, but after aging it for a year it becomes absolutely amazing. Keeping yourself from drinking it and allowing this one to age is not the easiest thing to do.
AnokaBrewer (33) - 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.
c_lee_burton (116) - 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.
samsmith33 (402) - - DEC 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at blend. 5 oz sampler w 2013, 2014, and barleywine.
2013 is very bold, with boubon. 2014 is less in your face, but a little less flavor. Depending on your mood, either would be better. 2014 would usually be my choice but i recognize the greatness of the 2013.
Aroma bourbon, toasted malt.
Taste brown sugar, coffee, bourbon of course.
EyeAmBaldman (311) - Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with almost no dark tan head. Aroma is all bourbon. This is not my type of beer. Doesnít really taste like beer, more like liqueur. Taste is sweet bourbon and thatís about it.
thomashall (159) - 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!
jsnicholas (243) - 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.
fitwitchik (367) - 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 (41) - 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.