ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 2/23/13. 22 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Yeah. Keep in mind I had this one JUST after sampling some BCBS.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color that isnít particularly thick looking. The head is a less-than-one finger khaki shade. Obviously the retention wonít be particularly good, but it at least tries to leave nice lacing on the cup.
S: Whilst itís very good, itís not as gorgeously rich as I expected. Thereís some subtle chocolate, mocha, licorice, and vanilla. One has to REALLY concentrate to find the bourbon - but itís there...I suppose.
T: Quite sweet. I like the dark chocolate in the midtaste, before it becomes a combination of mocha and bittersweet vanilla. I didnít expect much depth, but there is a nice bit of subtle complexity to it.
M: This seems a bit thin to me. The aftertaste is a little less sweet than I expected (but, itís still dessert in a glass) and almost comes off like an imperial porter due to the lack of creamy and roasty qualities. Itís carbonated finely.
O: Itís a damn shame this had to follow BCBS, because this is still quite good as a dessert beer. Iíd compare it favorably to Ballast Pointís Victory at Sea - a sweet, vanilla-and-chocolate laden offering that fits the cold, nasty Maryland day to a tee. It could have really used more bourbon presence, though.
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention, especially for the style and ABV. Takes a while to settle, leaving streaks of soapy lacing in itís path.
Inviting aroma with a strong chocolate/cocoa presence and a subtle bourbon barrel character thatís nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some damp earth and toasted oak along with sweet and spicy bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted count but the wood and spirit notes arenít overpowering. Just the slightest bit of toothpick character and delicate bourbon followed by silky sweet chocolate, subtle roast and dark fruit. Hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal but the sweeter, dessert-like notes really stand out. Iím picking up some bakerís chocolate, fudge, molasses and flourless chocolate cake. There could be a bit more bourbon/barrel presence for me but itís a nice change of pace to smell a bourbon barrel aged beer that isnít a complete booze bomb.
On the fuller end of medium body with stronger bourbon barrel and roasted malt character than the nose suggests. Dry, bitter and nearly acrid with strong burnt wood and toothpick flavor. The oak us more prominent than expected but the bourbon presence is still subtle. Thereís some spicy, boozy sweetness but unfortunately, most of the silkier barrel notes found in the aroma are missing. Bourbon flavor isnít bad but itís somewhat weak and overpowered by the wood and heavy roast. The sweeter dessert-like chocolate notes seem to get lost a bit was well. The malts taste smoker and somewhat burnt with hints of charcoal, toast, bitter dark cacao, oatmeal and ash. Mist of the lighter chocolate sweetness is masked, only shoeing up toward the finish. Still, the high ABV is well masked and although it appeared harsh at first, this beer is relatively easy to drink. Decent but not something I would want to try again.
chinchill (3344) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet at about 45F.
Opaque and essentially black body with red-brown highlights at the edges. Weak head; only a few spots of lacing.
Aroma: bourbon, wood,and chocolate, with hints of dark dried fruits, fruit cake, smoke and vanilla.
Like the aroma, the flavor is lightly sweet, has some wood. vanilla and more bourbon. However, the bourbon barrel has less effect here, the chocolate is mostly hidden until the aftertaste, and thereís a solid dark roasted grain base. A bit boozy.
Feel: smooth, full body seems a touch under carbonated. The 9.5% ABV is partially hidden but mostly evident; the
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. 1-2 years old. Nose of dark chocolate, berries, dark fruit, and light bourbon. Dark brown color with a dark tan head. Smooth chocolate initial, bourbon emerges immediatley and is very well blended, thick dark fruit, and good chocolate, nutty finish. Some alc. warmth. Medium heavy body and very creamy. Smooth and delicious. Not a barrel bomb. More delicate and well blended than most barrel stouts. Love it.
redtechnj (279) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- Deep, dark brown with an average medium Brown head.
Aroma- Big bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla
Flavor- Sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla.
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is chocolate banana, bourbon, coffee bean and fig. Medium body with fuzzy carb thinning with airy alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, raisin and wood. A bit too much barrel for the base brew.
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. The pour is a medium to dark brown with a finger of decent khaki colored head and no real lace. The aroma is pretty plain. There is a little chocolate, much less than I was expecting, some light roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla. Very disappointing. The flavor is just as disappointing. There is a little more chocolate flavor. Kind of milk chocolate. The vanilla almost vanishes and the roast sticks around just like in the nose. The mouth feel is thin and light with a soft carbonation and lingeringly chocolatey aftertaste. Finishes much better than it starts
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AirForceHops (4993) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 vintage, purchased bottle at Redstone Liquors, Stoneham, MA. Pitch black in color with a little bit of an oily sheen on the liquid. Aroma is bourbon soaked oak spirals, chocolate, and melted caramel candy.
Flavor is mild on the bourbon with overly sweet vanilla hints. The body is medium plus with a creaminess. Mild bitter coffee grounds. Pretty good overall but would like to see a bit more bold bourbon character and a touch more body. Still pretty good drinking and a very reasonable price point at $12.99.
katrinaez (778) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heavy chocolate scent and taste. Like a rich European chocolat bar.a very smooth mouth feel not velvety like most imperial stouts. Some vanilla notes. Almost milky texture. Raisin notes come out at the end. Tap
two7offsuit (397) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt. Sweet malt flavor with hint of chocolate.
GnarlyGnome (835) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Big chocolate flavors, but the alcohol hides away in this very well. Dangerous beer... just screams dessert to me.