JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Tom for sharing. Jet black color with a moderate tan head. Just the way a stout should look. Not sure what caught me off balance in the aromas, perhaps some charcoal and a touch of alcohol, but the dark malts, chocolates and dark fruit seemed to be pushed aside. Now the flavors are another story. What a great amalgamation of ripe dark fruit, rich truffles, bourbon vanilla, heavy cream and light espresso. It goes so deep and rich. A long dry dark malt linger with just enough oak to keep it interesting.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok I figured I would wait until I had the original before I rated this. Huge thanks to Hopdog for sharing this at the weekly gathering back in January. This is a fantastic sotu, and to be that good, you have to start with a fantastic stout before you age it in the barrel. Luckily the original is phenomenal, as is the barrel version. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head and moderate carbonation. Oaky bourbon, light vanilla, earthy, sweet, roasted barlye, coffee, and some chocolate as well as a touch of diacetyl. Dark chocolate flavor, more roast, coffee and some toffee, along with the oakiness and bourbon coming from the barrel. Very smooth finish, just like the original, but finsihes a bit drier. Excellent!
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma hits me with major chcolate, bourbon, vanilla and alcohol...very strong aroma with a light nose burning sensation. Dark black in color with a light brown head that thins out. Flavor is where this stuff shined for me. Chocolate, lots of dark chocolate. The kind of chocolate that is sweet, but not too sweet because it is balanced by a nice level of bitterness. Then it changes to bourbon, buttery brown sugar, warming and amazing. Alcohol is hidden better in the flavor than on the nose. Thick and creamy, nice mouthfeel, the best bourbon aged imperial Iíve ever had. Huge thanks to CaptainCouger for sharing!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 Huge thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing this one with the Tosa Crew.. A pitch black color, nice light to medium brown head. The aroma is amazing, chocolate-whiskey-mocha smoothie. The flavor is much the same. The palate is so full and oily. The bourbon doesnt fight with the beer, it gets along and has a harmony with it. Awesome stuff. Oh Lord this is the bomb.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 700 !! 2005 Bottle #258/400. Thank you CaptainCougar for this near-religious experience! Poured a highly-viscous, remorseless shade of black, with a short ring of caramelly-beige head. Nose was absolutely perfect... glorious, deep-roasted, rich dark chocolates, toffee, caramel and a dose of plum are enveloped by a heavenly aire of sweet bourbon, vanilla, and oak. This is what everyone else is trying to do with their barrel-aging! Balance was phenominal in the flavor department, too... dark, roasted chocolates, hints of espresso, and just enough coffee and floral bitterness... all expertly blended together. Palate was smooth where it needed to be, bitter where it needed to be, and had oaky, earthy bourbon accents in all of the right places. Whoa!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Batch One, March 2006.
Semi-thickly pour and opaque, with barely a mahogany lightening at the edges. Aroma beseeches bourbon in an excellently barrel-aged manner. Milky chocolate with a bourbon accentuation that speaks of beauty sonorously arouses the smelling senses. Cocoa butter jives with nutella and frangelico, and fudgie brownies sprinkled with Irish cream. Itís an aromatic festival. Dear Lord, this is the very definition of beauty. The flavor faculties stutter step, and now weíre back on track. A full, thickly onset pairs ever-harmoniously with bourbon bedevilment and milk chocolate. Goddamn. Caramel courses through the decipherables, leaving off with milky coffee coolers splashed with bourbon, medium-roasted espresso and Heath-like annotations. Greasy, heavy, creamy milk chocolate wonderment. Mocha beans enveloped in dark chocolate transcend happiness by all definitions, and itís just that which leaves the finish as inexplicably heavenly. Such a blessed beer, and undying thanks go out to CaptainCougar for this unforgettable experience!
Batch Two, December 2006.
The aromaís been scaled back, as has the flavor, making me think that this yearís batch wasnít in first use barrels or was a blend. Itís a touch less opaque and a little lighter on the mouth. The bourbon and chocolate are mitigated by fading liquor filled cocoa candies. Still a good time though. Thanks for sharing, Blake!
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Happy Day after St. Pattyís Day! Had this on tap at the Smokehouse, another one of their
guest tap offerings. It was my third brew of St. Pattyís Day. Incredible nose of heavy
coffee, flowers, spice and somewhat of an alcoholic presence. This brew is black. The
frothy light brown head has decent retention with good lace. Iím very pleased with the
flavor. There is a wonderful spicy hops character to balance the chocolate malt. The
sweet warm middle finishes with a semi-sweet bitter finish. The full and soft palate is
creamy. Very well done.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Bottle courtesy of JasonG. Limited edition number 339 of 400 for 2005. Pours BLACK. Small tan head. Nose is absolutely delicious! Deep chocolate notes, vanilla, molasses, oak, caramel, and roasted malts. However, this doesnít really describe it. Itís just so thick and rich smelling, itís incredible. Perhaps because itís been sitting since I got it in December, may have helped "age" it; I donít know. Very, very attractive aroma to this. Taste is a slight bit too hot. Lots of bourbon on the tongue, vanilla, molasses, oak notes, sweet chocolate, roasted malts and brown sugar. Lots of caramel as well. Almost like eating a dark chocolate candy bar followed by a shot of bourbon. Body has some alcohol hotness due to the beer itself and the bourbon it has absorbed. Smooth and oily otherwise with a dense microbubble carbonation. Full feel about it at any rate. Finishes with more wood and bourbon along with reduced molasses, vanilla and light roasty malts. Very sweet finish as well. Starts off extremely well and tails off a bit but still very nice, indeed.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gadzooks!! As if Blackout Stout wasnít impressive enough, thereís a BArrel-aged version. Thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Deep brown, almost black with a small frothy brown head. Aroma was dark chocolate, raw oak, vanilla, caramel, with a hint of bourbon. Smooth and full on the tongue. Felt more like a port than a beer. The flavor was a symphony of the elements of the aroma. I have been impressed with Great Lakesí offerings and this adds to my admiration. Excellent beer.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks Phil (Philip). #7/400 vintage 2005. This beer offers the nose a fragrance that is scented with heavy bourbon notes, molasses, anise, and hops. It is a black solution with thick colored caramel head. This heavy beer is both sweet and rich. It is creamy beer that has the flavors of molasses, coffee, toffee, and malt as its signature. It has a smooth finish to it that leaves a nice taste infused with all the above flavors lingering.