DrnkMcDermott (2632) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft taster. Deep black color, thin brown head. A smell of Kahlua and shoe polish. Yes, thatís what came to my mind. Smooth buttery texture with vanilla, oak and cognac. Some roughness, hot alcohol and burnt coffee around this one, too, but that seems to be acceptable for the total experience of drinking this devil.
knickskicks (503) - - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, fluffy light tan head. Nose is initially dark fruits, raisins, bourbon, dark chocolate, sesame seeds. Wife said it smelled and tasted just like a blackout without knowing the name of the beer. Iíve never had the dessert so I wouldnít know. As it warms, the nose becomes much more boozy, more barrel, still some dark fruits, some prunes. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, and then a ton of bourbon, lots of wood. Much hotter than one would guess by the abv. Mouthfeel is sticky but rather thin for an imperial stout.
watson1977 (2362) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours deep brown/black with a thick tan head. aroma has dark roast, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, and booze. flavor follows suit...nice roasty bitterness and subtle toasted coconut...slightly boozy...bitter dark chocolate and oak creeping in. mouthfeel is light/medium and silky with a dry roasty/burnt/boozy warming finish that lingers.
b3shine (2465) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to oversized snifter (2012 vintage; thanks Beerpig317). Bottle says itís 9.5%. Looks good a mostly opaque dark brownish-black with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet, malty, chocolatey, and oaky. Tastes like it smells with a nice bourbon presence. Nice and smooth on the palate. Great beer.
JohnnyJ (3571) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ICEatALAMO. Black pour, with a small tan head. The first thing that stands out is that itís heavily boozey, lots of alcohol in the nose, with warming palate, milk chocolate, bourbon, mild vanilla, roasted malt, and notes of dark fruit. Pretty tasty, but the body is a bit thin. Glad too have tried it.
Rando7 (621) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with thin tan head. Aroma roast malts and a little bourbon. Taste follows aroma, mainly ashy malts with a little chocolate and faint bourbon. Finish mild roast. Palate a bit thin but decent. The bourbon does cut a little of the bitterness.
I thought the base beer was just OK and barrel aging hasnít helped it much. Nice beer but not superlative.
Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in Westbrook snifter. 2012/2013 bottle.
A: Pours a semi-translucent black color with some dark ruby edges. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. No real lace.
S: Bourbon up front with some toasted coconut and a little vanilla. Smooth oak barrel with some rich chocolate notes, fudge and a little roasted malts.
T: Light chocolate with minimal bourbon. Oaky with light vanilla and some odd residual heat on the back end. Light roast as well.
M: Very thin bodied, but the finish is smooth. Medium high carbonation as well.
O: This was alright, but Iím just not a fan of this beer or the base. Itís too thin to begin with and the barrel aging thins this out even more and the base gets kind of lost.
Serving type: bottle
JPDurden24 (1119) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, brownish head. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon aroma. Taste is creamy and good. The right amount of booze flavor to accentuate the vanilla and chocolate with a lit of bit of toffee. Very good!
drfabulous (2995) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce thanks to UDBeernut. Creamy head. Creamy taste of chocolate. Touch of bourbon in taste lingers on. Pretty smooth and creamy overall without being dominated by bourbon or oak. Nice.
demmbonz (309) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best barrel aged stouts Iíve had. Thin but sweet and burnt marshmallowey goodness.
mcberko (4147) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from StFun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma brings out pronounced oak barrels, loads of wood, moderate bourbon, some vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavour brings out fairly heavy bourbon notes, loads of woody oak, a little vanilla and still some roasted malt. The bourbon is dominant and front-and-centre, though somehow without being too overburdening. Finishes with notes of vanilla, bourbon and wood. Thick, full-bodied palate with everything in wonderful proportion. The barrels are used supremely here. Fantastic impie stout.