mambossa (125) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to snifter. Pours opaque with thin, rich-tan head with light retention. Aroma of maple, bright raisin, vanilla, hint of cinnamon, very pleasing. Medium-heavy body with oily mouthfeel, notes of creamy coffee, cinnamon spice, raisin/date, vanilla, and alcohol. Nice, but maybe more enjoyable on a winter night.
The_Osprey (3507) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Paul’s 30th. Thanks to Strokey. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is liquorice, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, background cabbage. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy alcohol, ashy, bourbon, coffee. Pretty nice.
maekchu (2773) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks, KL. Supercharged chocolate nose, with very mild bourbon notes, and fumes. Dark brown, with translucent edges. Severe dark raost, bourbon, light vanilla, and mild bittering in mid and final. Medium body. Very very tasty, but perhaps a bit thin for an imperial. Great, really!
KyotoLefty (7879) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, soy, coffee, berries. Big nose. Pitch black, oily, with lace. Rich, deep flavor, oats, grains, berries, raisins, wood. Silky and oily, but the most full body. Barrel works well, contributing bourbon but also woodiness. Very good, though not up there with the very best.
islay (1542) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Approximately half of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-27-15. Pours a rich, dark brown with a small amount of sable head. Looks like melted chocolate. Scents of clay, banana bread, and raisin bagel. Rich, chocolatey, baked good, malty aroma. Boozy, bourbon taste. Roasted malt aftertaste. Rich, baked good taste. Raisin and oatmeal raisin cookie flavors. Vanilla. Very pleasant bourbon barrel aged imperial stout flavor. A bit old fashioned, the type of beer that would have been all the rage 5 to 10 years ago, but it reminds the imbiber why such beers were so popular for a time. Light to moderate alcohol burn in the palate. Full body. Smooth and silky in the palate. Overall, quite good. A few years ago I would have raved about this beer. Today, I enjoy it quite a bit, but it doesn’t blow me away.
ebone1988 (428) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is bourbon barrel, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, dark fruit. Appearance is black, khaki head, poured thick. Taste is great, good balance between barrel and stout, great licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, good flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit light, light carbonation (close to flat), oily, decent. Overall, pretty good but a touch light.
koleminer20 (1076) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is jet black with a dark mocha colored head that falls to a tiny ring and no lacing. The aroma is beautiful. Strong booze and moderate whiskey roll through an incredible dark fruit. It’s not very complex, but it is good. The flavor is really nice. There is an incredible smoothness here. Great dark fruits and roasted malt. There is a touch of whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Again, this is one that isn’t complex at all. The mouth feel is a little light, and the carbonation takes a while to come in. Not sure if it’s bottle age related. The finish is lingeringly smooth and lightly fruity. This is one I was expecting more out of. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Rolfarild (160) - NORWAY - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a greenich brown head. No lacing. Aroma of malt, dried fruit and vanilla. Taste is coffe, licorine, wood, caramell with a short aftertaste ofcripe fruit. Not as hearthy as most oatmeal stouts. More refreshing.
mR_fr0g (5839) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to Paul. Mahogany brown viscous pour with a thin tan. Atoms is woody bourbon, mint, caramel, mint, charred wood. Flavour is smooth, choccy, mint choc, bourbon woody, vanilla, candy sugars. Palate is full, sugary, moderate carbonation. Little dried fruit, vanilla choc lingers. Good.
sir__v (1138) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: good roasted malt domination, caramel and sugar cane notes. Coffee presence and finish as barrel and alcohol. Taste: good palate, very nice roasted malt and coffee. Nice sweet sensation from the Barrel Aged. Finish sweet and sugar. Not so strong alcohol finish. Aftertaste: caramel, sugar and coffee. Very nice palate, a must to try!