DrnkMcDermott (2865) - 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.
Johnsense (910) - - 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 (101) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black, though much lighter than any other of this style Iíve seen. Aroma is multi with notes of chocolate and espresso, but kind of mild. Whisky 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. Iím donít much enjoy whisky, so perhaps Iím not being exactly objective.
Prufrockstar (1319) - 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 Iíd 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 (381) - 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 (1589) - 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!
artmcd8 (1999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Free bottle from free beer week. Thanks! Pours a dark blackish brown with a slight brown head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of vanilla, nutty toasted grains, cocoa powder. Taste has all the components. Sweet with a slight bourbon feel and that slightly acrid finish. Really great stuff all around.
charule (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured almost black with thinning beige head. Aroma of choco vanilla chalk. Light carb med bod. Sweet smooth bourbon. Nice
AWISLguy (1566) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle from jsquire, cellar aged a couple of months. Thanks, Jeff! Shared with ck1, Steve and Ken during Spit Cup weekend. Black pour. Nice lace. Aroma from across the room has bourbon vanilla, then on closer inspection, caramel and chocolate with light grape. Taste is caramel with huge whiskey in the back end. Some bakers chocolate. Finish is sweet with a whiskey tail. Smoother than BCBS, for example, but also not as complex. 15.4
Angelmonster (132) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewing 2013 vintage, been on my want list for many years.
Pours a black body, head is tan in color. Head retention was slightly below average and lacing was above average.
Smells of sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate malts, and a hint of honey. For 10% abv, I definitely got a good whiff of alcohol.
Taste is a mix of a classic imperial stout, deep roasted malts, combined with sharp bourbon notes. Surprised at the raw ethanol characteristics of the beer, at almost two years old the beer still has a kick to it. Chocolate and burnt malts offset that unpleasant heat. Beer finishes with some vanilla sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head died fast and unfortunately didnít contribute any.
Overall this was a good beer but it was a little underwhelming. The hype surrounding this beer as one of the top 250 in the world probably raised my expectations somewhat. Bourbon was pretty pronounced but all the other flavors were kinda muted. Glad I got to try it but It wasnít anywhere close to the top barrel aged stouts out there.