MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Fruity, peaty and phenolic, this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout eventually manages to propose roasted cereals and chocolate in a nourishing mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-The barrel presence could be softer, as it tends to dominate the beer underneath.
-The flavor profile is memorable and distinctive.
-Smokiness is present throughout as well.
On tap at Longman & Eagle, Chicago.
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour on tap at FOBAB 2014, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder into a bit of roast, dark fruit, slight yeast into a bit of bourbon, slighjt oak into a bit of grain. Taste is a mix of grain, dark chocolate,roast into nice bourbon, oak, more cocoa, slight coffee, finishing sweet, slightly dry. Nice.
charule (1574) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at FoBAB, numbers are right, descriptions are difficult to read. Poured black with tan head. Light carb med bod. Aroma choco bourbon. Taste pretty bitter choc barrel
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ FoBAB 2014. Pour is brown with a slight red tint and a tan head. Aroma and flavor of slight marshmallow, earth, caramel, light cocoa, and oak.
tectactoe (3116) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Black, almost oily looking body with a thin & bubbly tan ring outlining the edges. Smells richly of coffee; deeply roasted & French pressed fresh with undertones of dry cocoa dust & some dried dark fruit. Perhaps a hint of wood & vague alcohol, but this doesn’t smells explicitly barrel aged. Still nice, though. Light creaminess in the flavor, almost milky but not getting into lactose-sweet territory. Rich, dark coffee flavors with semisweet cacao nibs. Bourbon presence is a bit bigger but the barrel overall is still understated. Finished with dark figs coated in charred sugar. Perhaps a little bit of crushed coffee beans, too. Very tasty stuff.
phaleslu (7536) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour at FOBAB. Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a small but lasting tan head. Notes of coffee, roasted malts, charred oak, vanilla, chocolate, earth, caramel, marshmallow, and coconut. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, dry mouthfeel. Everything is in good balance. I would like more of it with a fresher palate.
Art (2232) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at fobab. Pours a dark brown black. Aromas of bourbon vanilla chocolate and big roasted coffee. Taste is sweet and mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. One of my favorites from the night.
crossovert (9170) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Way drier and more coffee forward than I was expecting. THick body and a flat mouthfeel. The quinoa whisky i guess keeps it drier and more booze-oriented.
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy coffee, chocolate, caramel, alcohol, vanilla/coconut and bourbon. It’s a dark brown, virtually black, with a minimal tan ring for a head. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy dark chocolate with some molasses and caramel. The finish has moderate-heavy coffee, oak, vanilla, alcohol, and light bourbon. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.
rxeight (1884) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample on draft at FOBAB 2014. It has all the elements of a good barrel aged stout, dark roast full of chocolate and coffee, but the barrel really overpowers it and you are left with kind of a cheap whiskey. Basically it suffers from the too thin for the barrel syndrome. Maybe if I had it alone, I would be more impressed, but in the elite FOBAB lineup it falls short.