kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2005 vintage #180/400, via kujo9. Rated next to the regular Blackout Stout. Pours a very dark black colored body under a very fizzy dark brown head that disappeared instantly and formed a thin ring. Slightly darker than the regular Blackout. Aroma is roasty with a big bourbon backing. Nice big vanilla and oak notes hit you first, then espresso, tar, dark chocolate, and light alcohol. Flavor has more of an emphasis on the bourbon than the base beer, yet although it overpowers the base beer, itís not so intense that it makes you forget youíre drinking a beer. A great bourbon/vanilla/oak interaction yields alot of complexity. Minimal alcohol apparency. Seems a little sweeter than the regular Blackout on the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with an oily texture. A little stickier on the finish than the Blackout, but with identical soft fizzy carbonation. It really coats the cheeks, providing a very long lingering bourbon laced finish. I gotta give the edge to the BA version over the regular, although I liked that as well. Quite a bit more complex and the bourbon, while center stage, isnít overpowering lending to a great drinkability.
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 2006 bottle. I was not very impressed with this brew. It was quite thin, not overly aromatic, and left a lot to be desired. The regular blackout stout is quite thin as well, and isnít much of an Imperial if you ask me. I liked the brew, but I wasnít in love with it. Aroma has a little vanilla and a little dark fruit and roastiness, but nothing phenomenal. Taste is about the same, and is a bit bland for an impy. Finish is a little hot and unbalanced. I was really expecting a bit more based on the average rating of this brew.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005: Pour is dark black with a thin tan head....weak and expected aromas...wood, chocolate and coffee and all seemed artificial...taste was much the same...weak flavors...thin bodied...a better example than the stupid Full Sail BA impy, but for the love of god can we not just pencil whip 4+ ratings on beers that got stuck in a barrel?
sloth (2500) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whispy, thin brown covering of tiny bubbles dies off quickly leaving a thin stringy lace behind. A very black brew. Nose is gentle, roast, whisky and vanilla. Body is med/full oily and coating, could use a bit more carbonation though. Plenty of well balanced whisky, vanilla and roast flavors with background notes of berries, oak and charcoal. Finish is fairly dry, nicely whiskyish and roasty. A bit more carbonation would of improved its score a bit, both in appearence and palate. Props to OhioDad for hooking me up with this brew a short while back, thanks Scott! I,d also like to thank my Secret Santa for delivering another bottle for me to age!
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - DEC 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Drewbeerme!! Black tar with no head, Thick, heavy and full bodied molases. The aroma and taste are mainly oaked whiskey predominating over silky smooth chocolate malts, tad bit of vanilla and coffee. The alcohol is not masked to well in this.. although it does taste more like bourbon than just alcohol. Definatly a sipping beer, elegant and well made but lacking complexity.
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is so black, that it blacks out the light source behind it, and it is topped by a dark brown head. The aroma is roasted with notes of wood, bourbon, alcohol, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, wood and bourbon, as well as lighter notes of vanilla. The alcohol burns in the end. This is one heck of a beer. Thanks to Jsquire for bringing this to sample at the RBSG 2006.
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed for dessert at Thanksgiving dinner 2006. Bottle 464/900, 2nd bottling in 2006. Charred walnut color that looks somewhat thin and no head. The aroma is strong with bourbon laced coffee and chocolate. Perhaps oak and/or vanilla. The flavor s sweet with chocolate and dates but there is a Strong Bourbon presence and the alcohol is noticeable. Creamy body with very low carbonation. I found this to be enjoyable but a bit overpowering on the bourbon side. Itís really a vast departure from the original. Good in itís own right but Iím going to see if some age will mellow this just a bit. I personally like my regular Black out aged a year before I drink it, so Iíll give this a try next holiday season.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from trade with jeffmw. Thanks Jeff! Pours a thick pitch black color with no head. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is of dark roasted coffee beans, vanilla, semi sweet chocolate and malt. This stout is exceptionally smooth and satisfying.This is one of the best all around stouts I have had the privilage of tasting.Great brew!
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a medium sized dark brown head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt mixed in with sweet oak scent. The palate is thick and full--and very creamy. Taste is very nice--lots of very rich roasted coffee flavors that are beautifully blended with the oak and bourbon. Slight alcohol feel--but this one is very balanced.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of chocolate,coffee and bourbon.Pours dark with big tan head.Flavor is chocolate,coffee and a great bourbon flavor.Nice thick mouthfeel with a smooth bourbon finish.A really good beer.