juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy retorp, thanks Joey for busting this out. Pours a pitch black color with a small, foamy tan head that coats the inside of the glass. The aroma is really nice of rich, sweet chocolate, toasted caramel, dark fruits, with some subtle bourbon notes. The bourbon doesn’t overpower which makes it really nice. The flavor is all about the dark chocolate fudge, dark fruits, and toasted caramel all blending together nicely. The bourbon starts to show itself with the old oak, and vanilla flavors. The bourbon is integrated perfectly without ever dominating the flavor profile. Full bodied and viscous mouthfeel with subtle carbonation leading to a long, chocolate and vanilla finish. The use of the barrel really enhances an already nice base beer and just adds depth without getting too hot. This is an awesome beer.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark brown pour with a thick tan head and lace. Aroma of chocoffee, bourbon, oak, toasted malt and a hint of abv. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, mild bourbon, followed by a medium bitter. Medium/full bodied with smooth silky carbonation. Very nice offering
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 @Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-22oz bottle–pours a rich light brown head that dissipates and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/anise, woody, earthy. Taste is dark malt-roasty/anise/licorice, woody, earthy. I too enjoyed the original more. Thanks eyedrinkale for sharing.
*100715-thanks hbmason-from what Tim said is a 6+ month aged bottle-nice smoothing of the edges from the previous 2, plus some hop bite that on the other tastings that weren’t as smooth also. Nice carbonation level. 4.1
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously given to me by Eyedrinkale: Thanks Mike! First of all, this base Imperial Stout is one of my all time favorite Imperial Stouts- and this stuff is exceptional as well. Pours a jet black with a dense deep brown head. Huge black malt aroma with heavy roast and fruity undertones with chocolate liqueur, licorice/anise, softly boozy, with a mild vanilla note and lots of rich tannic oak (not sweet or overly bourbon ridden). A perfect palate! Silky, creamy, dense goes straight down without coating. Rich, sweet, fruity, roasted and balanced flavor. Has flavors ranging from dark chocolate liqueur, plummy notes, dark chocolate covered raisins, , a touch of anise, some soft vanilla, long bold chewy flavors without cloying at all! Smoky smooth charred malt notes as it warms and lots of rich dry oak on the back. Subtle, complex and extremely drinkable.
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Wow. 22oz bomber shared with my father. Pours a deeep brown with a nice tan head. Incredibly smooth and quite drinkable with a sticky mouthfeel. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and some bourbon. Bourbon is a nice compliment. Overall, a very approachable barrelaged imperial stout. pretty happy with this one. Side note: I guess there were 8 bottles of BA boris and mean manalishi mix from when they switched over to the BA boris. I was fortunate enough to try a small sample. I thought it was pretty tasty.
RERATE. Batch one fresh was awesome. batch one aged as well as subsequent batches haven’t popped as much. not as clean. original rating 4.4... newer rates 3.8 or so.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle with a huge thanks to kujo9 for the hookup! Pours a thick dark black with a moderate tan head that lingers for a bit before settling to a whispy covering. Aroma is espresso, milk chocolate, oak, light bourbon, molasses, vanilla; nicely blended and decadent nose. Flavor is equally impressive, with bittersweet and milk chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak, molasses and some background bourbon. Thicker, smooth and well rounded, and not that overly roastiness that distracted from the regular a bit. The barrel aging on this one is subtle and well done. I needed a way to clear the palate from all those Russian pale lagers, and this did the trick just fine. Thanks again Mike!
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark and thick, fine brown head.
very roasty aroma, with coffee, toast, sweet malt, and a bit of green olives.
extremely smooth, silky texture. mostly chocolate milk, but otherwise fairly mild for an imperial stout. alcohol is well-hidden.
this is very good.
finish is a bit flat though.
LilBeerDoctor (3204) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, bourbon, bitter chocolate, and chocolate fudge. Flavor is bourbony upfront with a chocolatey finish. Mellow (alcohol-wise) for a barrel aged beer, which I appreciate, but I still think I prefer the original. Good beer still!
Update 8/29/09: I got to try another bottle of this beer and was disappointed. Not as complex, muddy bourbon, sweet roasted and charred malt. No chocolate notes really. So much more bland than before. I just feel blah about this beer overall now.
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle with thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringing this gem. I was thrilled to see it at the gathering! Pours black with a light brown head. Luscious aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate with some bourbon whiskey emerging towards the finish. As I swirl the beer after each sip, it leaves lovely fig colored legs on the glass that linger. This is just a wonderful beer and I am very thankful for the opportunity to try it.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering with a big thanks to Mike (EDA) for bringing this tasty thing. Pours a deep dark black with a light tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, roast malt, sweet plums, oak, and... even more chocolate on the nose. Nice thick body, with more chocolate and roast coming through before moving to a ridiculously long lasting finish featuring a nice roast bitterness, vanilla, and a bit more bourbon. Very well balanced, and remarkably smooth. One of the better beers of the day.