closey22 (1461) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black little to no head; aroma is of bourbon with vanilla notes; Flava is rich malty molasses alcohol notes; feels medium some creaminess and lively fizz; finishes tangy roasty mildly hop spicy and woody
Benzai (12160) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Opaque dark brown to black color, medium sized light to medium brown colored head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, balanced bourbon, slightly vanilla. Taste malts, roasted malts, bourbon again nicely balanced but still up front, slightly vanilla, dark malts, a slight hint of liquorice in the distance with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Soft bitterness, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely lovely beer.
czar (6944) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of tom10101, many thanks bro! pours unclear dark brown with a medium dark crema head, nice lacing. tasty sweetish bourbon, burnt caramel, forêt-noire cake, maple syrup and molasses sweetness - not cloying; lightly tart cherries, vanilla, wood and some tannins, pinch of dirt. light carbonation, medium-full body, sweet and bourbony finish. very good!
wchesser (1778) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Dark, medium body, bit light for the style, low carbonation. Subdued nose until it warms, then light sweet booze, some dark malts. Light but slightly hot booze, sweet and roast malts, with dark chocolate, vanilla and distinct bourbon flavors. One of those thinner BA imperial stouts that kind of make me think of a vanilla coke. Quite enjoyable but not your brooding, complex impy.
Johnsense (1179) - - MAR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vicious dark black pour, smaller head. Huge bourbon and dark chocolate aroma. Sweet, with bourbon barrel prominent but not overpowering. Vanilla, dark coffee, dark chocolate, oak. Thick body with an oily mouthfeel. Loved it!
tekstr1der (332) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 Pours almost black, though much lighter than any other of this style I’ve seen. Aroma is notes of chocolate and espresso, but kind of mild. Whiskey barrel aging makes itself an obvious taste upfront, and on each sip toward the bottom of the glass. Quickly mellows into semi sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Decent brew overall, but not a great example of an imperial stout. I don’t much enjoy whiskey, so perhaps I’m not being exactly objective.
Prufrockstar (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Preparing myself for Festival of Dark Arts in a few days. Bottle poured at 54F. Oily black pour with thin, short-lived tan head. Aroma: this is nice. Dark fruit first - my first thought is "wine/port/stout blend." Vanilla. Chocolate-covered grape. Oak. Caramelized sugar, molasses -- in some respects, this reminds me of gingerbread cookie dough, and my mind is filling in the gaps with cinnamon and cloves. Yum. Taste follows. This is a sweet stout for sure, with lightly roasty finish. Some cardboard with lasting alcohol warmth. Palate: full body, slick oily texture, soft carbonation. Overall: yeah, I can get behind this. A larger alcohol presence in the taste / finish than I’d prefer, but the sweet dark fruit component in this is really nice.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at brewery. White head. Served cold. Super boozy and chocolate nose. Body super creamy. Like a lacto stout almost. Flavor is very sweet and alcoholic. Barrel character is more obvious in the aroma. Subtle in flavor. This is as promised.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured on tap at 2015 Great Lakes Bottle Release of BA Blackout Stout party. Darkest of black with minimal dark tan head.
Aroma is light roasted sweet cocoa with a tad of bourbon. Coffee but over the top.
Flavor is off the map smooth chocolate. Coffee is more subtle. Bourbon so good but not crazy. The balance of this brew is incredible to the palate. Grateful to have snagged 2 cases at the bottle release.
My favorite of the 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 I have been blessed to consume. Flat out beautifully done by GL considering this is the ONLY barrel aged brew they do in their 25 years of brewing.
Atom (2039) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Busters pours a dark brown/black with a large khaki tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, caramel with a sweet balanced bourbon presence. Smooth palate, very well balanced. Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, mild oak, bourbon, some roasted malts. There is a simple yet complex balance that makes this really nice!