JStax (2569) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
200th Imperial Stout Rating. Iím pretty excited that I got to have this in conjunction with that landmark as it was an astounding beer. Bottle pour into a mini-snifter. Pours a thick black with a thin bead of beige foam around the edge of the glass. The aroma has thick, rich bourbon, creme brŻlťe, and molasses. The taste is of rich, sweet, dark complex caramel notes. Thick sugary mouth coating mouthfeel. Not much in the way of carbonation. Lived up to the hype for me.
ChinoSkillzian (132) - The Hills, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Andrewís House Warming Tasting. Pours a deep black with reddish streaks at the rim. Huge nose of molasses/syrup, oxidized Sauternes, fig reduction, thick bourbon sauce, caramel, wonderfully complex. The palate is viscous, with flavors of bourbon maple reduction, vanilla, soft barrel notes, dried stone fruit. Still one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at THís summer 2013. I liked this one a hair more than the vanilla and King Henry. Jet black pour with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, a lot of spirit notes, roasty dark malt, cacao, molasses. Tasted complex, rich, with big flavors of malt oak, bourbon, molasses, and cacao.
AirForceHops (2579) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, number 11439. sampled during AdamJacksons huge vertical. Thanks for the chance! Nose is really smooth bourbon with a nice amount of toasted wood. The flavor reflects the oak barrel a bit more then all the other BCBS variants. The complexity is just as fantastic as any BCBS. Great slick, oily texture that just slides down the muzzle. Bourbon flavor is real smooth leaning on subdued. I would say if you have any of this now is the time to drink it. Still wonderful flavor but I feel like it is leaning on the ledge of falling off real soon. I was really happy to have gotten to sample this. No time like the present if you still have a bottle squirreled away.
Smurf2055 (1255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, light tan head, quick dissipation.
Smell is rich. Roast, tobacco, strong bourbon and oak
Taste smooth rich caramel and fudge, still lots of heat, oak and bourbon, smooth, red fruit and charred wood, wonderfully complex
Strong but smooth
Very good, but not earth shattering
mmount2013 (5) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely without a doubt my favorite stout of all time and in my top 10 of beers. Incredible beer. Pours thick black with chocolate, molasses and bourbon aromas. Perfect on a cold fall/winter day. Phenomenal beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 9314 bottled on 11/19/2010 and shared by Nimrod & Buckles, thanks!!! Inky black pour with minimal head and minimal carbonation. Aroma of smooth bourbon, molasses, chocolate and some leather. Taste is smooth bourbon, chocolate, tobacco and sweet molasses, not as aggressive as I was hoping for or expecting. An excellent beer, but might have been better a couple of years ago.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened with an í08 next to it (courtesy of Rob, thanks dude!) It is amazing to compare side by side what the barrel and time did in this beer.
Opened on a Wednesday, just because. Pours a nice dark leather with no discernable carbonation - which suits this beer. When I dive into the beer I experience a nose only similar to on other beer Iíve had - ORF 2009. The Pappy 23 barrels DO actually impart a unique nose and itís minerally, rich, dessert like and difficult for me to describe. Flavor follows and is quite rich. A really fine, nearly empty carbonation allows the medium on heavy beer to roll over the tongue slowly and results in a long finish.
There are some things here that are interesting - no carb really, resulting in a less than desirable mouthfeel and appearance. Thatís a standard feeling, but here I am making concessions, as the beer is still lovely and feels very, very nice. I donít know if it was intentional, but these two characteristics match the personality of the beer outstandingly.
Serving type: bottle
sawbuck (238) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Thanks uncle Buck for this bottle. Bottled on 11-19-2010 # 6633. Huge aroma of molasses, coffee, bourbon, and you can feel the heat in the aroma from the alcohol. Ebony black with a tiny head. You cannot describe the taste in the space allotted here. Smokey sweet molasses coats your mouth, and then the other flavors melt through. Vanilla, choacolate, hints of bourbon, and bitter sweet chocolate. Finishes with a warming burn from the alcohol and the perfect amount of bitterness. Notes of charcoal also, outstanding, worth the wait.
monkeychugg55 (818) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap!! Black with a small ring of light brown head. The aroma is huge on bourbon barrel, with lots of smooth chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol, and faint dark fruit. The flavor is super smooth, with lots of chocolate and residual sugar. Nice mellow whiskey and vanilla, with a bit of cherry on the finish. Incredibly smooth, viscous body reminds me of melted ice cream. Amazing.