hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Enzofan, rated during blind tasting. Dark brown/black pour with minimal head. Caramel and bourbon on the nose. Dark fruit, caramel, and oak in the flavors. Medium mouth fell.
gendv138 (336) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Big Hunt poured into a highball. Pours black with light tan head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon. Tasting notes of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Medium-full body with a dry warm finish. Medium carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel. Very nice!
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap: Pitch black, topped with a huge, lively tan cream made of fine-bubbles that lasts for over half the glass. Aroma is full of light whiskey notes with a fine backing of oak, tannins, mild roasted malt, hints of sweet chocolate, & light barrel-induced vanillin around the edges. Not as complex as expected, but still nice. The flavor is quite a nice step up... Lovely sweet baker’s chocolate mixed with smooth whiskey; I get a huge maple syrup presence throughout... The booze is apparent but is tamed nicely by the sweetness. Vanilla, brownie batter, brown sugar, baker’s chocolate with some prickly, woody tannins in the finish. Gains more whiskey character with warmth. I eventually pick up faint coconut near the end of my glass, too. Overall, an awesome barrel aged stout with great flavor, wish it was a little easier to get.
salvaticas (360) - - MAR 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Ashley's. Incredibly smooth. Pours a pitch black. No complaints really. Aroma wasn't super pronounced
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Pours a nice oily black, very thin mocha head that leaves spotty lacing and a ring around the glass. Aromas of chocolate covered bananas. Seriously. A nice sweetness from roasted nuts, vanilla and bourbon permeates. Nothing too sharp, very inviting. Taste is not as robust as the nose may suggest. A nice blend of iced coffee with the slightly sweet chocolate upfront. I get some additional sweetness from the malts in the form of candied yams and pecan. Interesting. The barrel character is not overdone, giving off hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Again, nothing too sharp. Leaving a slightly slick finish with some oily coffee that lingers briefly before the slight warming alcohol. Good balance of flavor to this, although the mouthfeel was a bit thin and under-carbonated for my tastes. If only slightly. Very good brew, provides plenty of character for the style without going over-the-top. Elegant beer.
koleminer20 (428) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ashley’s Bourbon Barrel Takeover on March 25. The pour is more of a dark mahogany with a decent off-white spotty head and some decent lace. The aroma is decently chocolatey with nice bourbon and vanilla presences. There is definitely a little bit of a thin character, which I’m not too keen on. The flavor is pretty good. There is a huge bourbon note on the front end with a really thin malty and roasty character on the back end. The body contains a decent chocolate and vanilla flavors, but remains a bit lighter than I was expecting. The mouth feel is thin, and the light carbonation doesn’t help the flavors adhere to the mouth. The aftertaste is a little dry, chocolatey, but fades out quickly.
SlovakSniper (2807) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nez profond de malts rôtis, de bois, de bourbon caramélisé et vanillé avec la présence subite de notes de réglisse noire. Embouteillé en 2014, ce stout impérial foncé montre un col beige qui se transforme rapidement en anneau. En bouche, le bourbon est bien doux et très fort. C’est un peu dommage de voir les notes rôties ainsi comprimées. M’enfin, rien de bien catastrophique : mes papilles vivent une déception et non une dépression. Au palais, le corps du liquide a été légèrement allégé par le fût. L’effervescence bien présente est un tantinet trop élevée pour le genre. Enfin, selon moi. La texture reste belle dans sa façon d’être crémeuse. La finale est marquée par le retour des malts rôties qui essaient tant bien que mal de naviguer à travers ce bourbon bien chaleureux et bien sucré. Merci à papat444 pour cette bouteille.
budznsudz (461) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a quickly receding head. Aroma is chocolate malts, vanilla, and barrel. Taste is vanilla fudge, nuts, chocolate, and heavy barrel.
bucs572000 (234) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle I got in a trade, thanks Jim & Justin! Aroma is bourbon, coconut, chocolate, and roast. Flavors are chocolate, bourbon, coconut, caramel, and roasty coffee. Love this beer, I like the regular blackout but man this is even better! So glad I got this beer! Touché Great Lakes!
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled in 2014.
Appearance: Some chestnut appears through the small edges, byt overall this is pitch black. A short and dense khaki head appears on top with good retention.
Aroma: "Oh my fucking god," were the words uttered from my mouth when I smelled this. Big brownie batter with crushed espresso beans backed by a hint of bourbon and fine tobacco. Holy cow this is wonderful. Slightly sweet, robust and good presence. This is the perfect aroma.
Taste: Holy shit this is a fucking phenomenal experience. Big fudge and espresso with an ice cream cone flavor backing it. Hints of bourbon and tobacco by the finish, but holy shit this is fucking outstanding. Hints of vanilla and coconut are in the back towards the finish. The finish lingers of bold flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans.
Palate: A touch thin for what I would call perfect. Mild carbonation.
Overall: My only complaints are that I can’t get this and the body could use a bit more viscosity. Fucking hell, chocolate espresso bean with a hint of vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Stellar to the fucking max.
Thebullshornbar (60) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What can be said about this beer that hasn’t already been said in other reviews. A fantastic russian imperial stout to begin with, gets raised to a complex degree when the booze and the wood are introduced from the bourbon barrel-aging. The nose comes big with notes of booze, tobacco, burnt sugar, and caramel with wood coming through in between. Same again when it comes to the palate. All those flavors with added pleasure of bourbon, and everything that that spirit brings to the table. An exceptional ale.