thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black oily pour with a minimal amount of head & not much lacing.
Aroma is nice - bourbon up front with some chocolate, malt, vanilla, and roasty notes (amongst others) becoming apparent as it warms a bit.
Flavor is excellent - the bourbon is there but its certainly not overpowering (which is a good thing IMO). More coffee/chocolate/malty aspects make an appearance here as it warms along with some syrupy caramel/molasses type flavors... really tasty.
Could benefit from just a bit more carbonation but still has great general mouthfeel - not too syrupy thick and certainly not too thin.
Overall a VERY impressive beer. Its too bad they weren’t able to get this bottled, but still, it was nice to be able to bring home a growler of an excellent 12.5% BA Imperial Stout - that doesn’t happen very often!
Seek it out if you can - great stuff.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Rating 2100. Small pour at Haymarket. Pours a deep black with a beige head. Strong rich bourbon aroma. Lots of wood vanilla bourbon and some sweet chocolate malt. It is rather reminiscent of bourbon county stout. Rich bourbon flavors. Bourbon bourbon and sweet chocolate malts that finish dry. There is a touch of bitter wood and possibly oxidation in there. Rich and pretty solid.
burg326 (4932) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep black color with aromas of vanilla, chocolate, roast, bourbon, wet wood and some light earth. Flavors were sticky chocolate and vanilla with some light bourbon, and roast in the finish, a solid treatment that hid the abv well.
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Haymarket Pub and Brewery in Chicago. Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon aroma. Flavors of plums, dark cherries, oak and vanilla with a warm boozy finish.
GRM (3424) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass, 5 ounces, draught, drunk at Binny’s, savoured on September 28 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, light lacing; nose: bourbon, woody, coffee, light dark chocolate, slight molasses; mouth: bourbon, woody, coffee, light dark chocolate, slight molasses, hops, woody finale with good presence of hops, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly oily texture; overall: quite fine
Verre, 5 onces, en fût, bue chez Binny’s, voyage à Chicago, savourée le 28 septembre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brun foncé, légère dentelle; nez : bourbon, boisé, café, léger chocolat noir, très léger mélasse; bouche : bourbon, boisé, café, léger chocolat noir, très léger mélasse, houblon, finale boisée avec bonne présence de houblon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon
drfabulous (5231) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewpub. Big bourbon vanilla chocolate and sticky stout. Boozy and really nice.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: opaque with rocky tan head, spotty lace. Rich roast and biting char with even handed bourbon. Bittersweet chocolate and walnut with a tad raisiny fruit. Ashy and shockingly dry finish. I like this
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2014. Pours a deep brown appearance with a slightly thin brown head. A little on the boozy side but I guess that’s expected for the 13% boost. Dark chocolate, caramel, a bit of coconut. Almost like German Chocolate cake. Nice fucken beer but not as good as the Templeton release a few years back
jkwood04 (4959) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, light bitterness, and hints of doigh. Flavor the same with a cool blend. Smooth texture. A good beer.
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at brewpub in Chicago. It came in the glass very black. No visible head by the time it got to me. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Full in body with a boozy mouth feel. Flavor is very rich and the chocolate malts vanilla are about right, and there is a bitter sweet finish. Very well done and quite delicious.
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the brewpub. It poured a dark black color with almost no head. The aroma was of big vanilla, molasses, chocolate and booze. The taste was metallic and tart with a little bitterness and some sweetness. Very nice.