bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler that I had filled a couple of weeks ago. Pours a viscous super dark brownish black with tight dark tan head. The nose has slight oxidation, with good amount of deep dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, tobacco, light spicy rye notes...smells really good! The body is surprisingly smoother than the pour suggests and the carbonation is perfect for the style. Patent malt, chocolate, blueberry, tobacco, subtle rye...but present, vanilla and light peat. Damn this is solid and the barrel is complementary to the base beer.
CampesinoTino (777) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours black with a solid layer of cappuccino foam. Aroma is a blend of mocha, toffee, vanilla and whiskey. The taste starts with a substantial dose of dark chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon along with some caramel, dark fruits and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, charred oak finish. Overall, a significant improvement over the base beer.
ACHops (736) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Beer Junction. I’m assuming this is the listed beer, Hale’s no longer calls it Pikop Andropovs Rushin... And it’s listed as bourbon barreled. Anyway, pours inky black with thick mocha brown head that retains well. Aroma is sharp boozy bourbon and not much else. Taste is smooth roasty malt with a rich somewhat thin body. Big bourbon barrel flavor on the back. Potent, high abv easily noticed.
michaelinwa (611) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewer is excellent at brewing interesting beers that don’t quite hit the mark. This one seems to be flying completely under the radar. It pours black with an average, disappearing head. Aroma is relatively mild but nice, with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla; wish there was more of it. Flavor is roasted, dark chocolate, bourbon and a little bitterness. Don’t know the ABV, but there’s some alcohol bite in this. Not a sweet or heavy beer, but not at all thin; decent palate. Finishes with lots of flavor, but there is just a little cardboard taste in there that probably doesn’t belong. Overall a pretty decent BA brew from Hales; glad they made it.
tourette (212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
One of the worst barrel aged imperials I've had. Smells nice. Looks nice. But tastes sour. A little bit wine like somehow. And way, way too much barrel.
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Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
april 2012 on tap at Hale’s. Smell of semi-sweet chocolate; very pleasant on a palate; creamy; raisin and chocolate, very well-balanced. Hale’s absolute favorite.