bytemesis (5561) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black, medium creamy dark brown head, dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is rich roasty cocoa, whiskey, sharp oak tannins, anise. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, roasty, cocoa, rye whiskey. Hot. Full body, creamy mouthfeel.
Blairgus (3725) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
29 May 2015, bottle. black. Nose is acidic, dark toasted malt, meaty, tobacco, but thin. Thin/med body, moderately fizzy. Meaty, sweet, burnt toast. Decent enough.
RobertDale (4727) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Brandon. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, whiskey, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, whiskey, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Nice.
Thechasm442 (509) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, dated 11/20/14, poured in a tulip. The beer is jet black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves great lacing, Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, cafe con leche, and cocoa. The different aromas develop and show themselves more if you take your time with it. On to taste. Big oaky, bourbon, and roasty flavors dominate the palate. The beer is sweet up front, with plenty of vanilla and sugar. Immediately the oak barrel joins the party with some bourbon and lots of dark roasted coffee. The beer finishes with a sticky sweetness, almost like a bourbon mixed with honey. Alcohol warmth is there, and at 11.7%, it should be. Overall this was a really nice barrel aged stout.
umich03jm (3101) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Ashley’s. Very dark brown pour with a small ring of head with big bubbles. Aroma is very nice. Chocolate milk, vanilla, oak, and light toast. Tastes sweet. Lots of lactose and some brown sugar, nice vanilla and oak barrel influence. Light chocolate and caramel. Thin to medium body. Very good but a touch thin.
weihenweizen (2627) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle from clownoisseur, poured into a snifter. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is dark malt and some whiskey, medium/thick body, creamy texture, medium carbonation, and little small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark malt, roasty, whiskey, and alcohol. Pretty significant alcohol in this one.
wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 11/16/13 from a bottle at our Avery Barrel-Aged tasting. Pours nearly black with an average tan head that leaves average lace. The nose is coffee and vanilla with dark roast and dark chocolate. The flavor is the same dark roasted coffee and chocolate with some vanilla and an added caramel and butterscotch note along with some rye spice. The body is full with average carbonation and a long vanilla, coffee and lightly spicy rye finish.
superspak (3976) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas with big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, cream, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, cream, light smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Fair amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, cream, light smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial cream stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
LinusStick (3073) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer courtesy my Secret Santa. Thank you sir! Aroma was very nice.Vanilla bean, slight wood and dark malt with a big whiskey backbone. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a one finger tan head that left quickly. Taste was as good as the aroma. Very creamy and sweet with the whiskey and wood playing perfectly with the thick mouth feel and strong dark roasted malts. Chocolate came out more as it warmed and paired nicely with the vanilla flavor. Nice carbonation round this beer out.
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite surprised with this beer. It has a slight bitterness and a strong taste of whiskey and vanilla that mixes well with the beer. Top notch