phaleslu (7102) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade. 2011 release, bottle 137/336. Pours a deep cocoa brown with a small, lasting tan ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and dark fruits. Flavor follows the same pattern, and is smooth and subtle. Really no burn to the bourbon here; the sweet notes emerge more. They take over the roastiness a little but not in an overwhelming way. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Solid bourbon barrel stout.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 145/336. Cortesy of StFun. Thanks! This pours black with just a few bubbles surfacing on top. No head. The aroma is quite nice; lots of bourbon, with woody barrel notes, plums, vanilla, cherry, and licorice. The alcohol tickles the senses. The flavor isn’t as impressive but still quite good. Picking up raisins, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and as it warms, a healthy dose of chocolate comes out. Low carbonation. Nice BA Imperial Stout.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is big on the char vanilla oak with a back of coffee, the good bitter kind of roast. Appearance pours like ink with almost no head and no lacing. black. Taste is a bit more bitter than the nose but still crazy smooth, can’t taste the burn at all. Palate is thick and chewy. Overall a really nice stout.
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nr. # 85/336. Thanks to Hallinghansen for sharing. Pours black with some beige bubbles on top. Nose is heavy bourbon. Lots of vanilla, wood & liquorice. Flavor is roast, wood, vanilla. salty liquorice and dark fruit. Smooth and medium bodied. Alcohol warmth. It’s tasty but not overly complex. Quite nice however! Thanks Jacob!
hallinghansen (2184) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown almost black, with a small light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, light tobacco, raisins. Flavor is bourbon, burnt caramel, coffee, vanilla, tobacco, oak. A little to boozy. The booze thickles in the mouth.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours pitch black with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet bourbon aroma with a decent barrel presence. Some toasted oak, vanilla, sweeet bourbon, coconut, chocolate, caramel malt, toffee and coffee bean. Bourbon barrel nicely integrated.
On the lighter end of medium bodied with a boozy bourbon barrel presence that lingers over the sweeter malt notes into slightly dry finish. Boozy but not too hot with lots of bourbon flavor. Some dry oak and vanilla but mostly boozy bourbon overpowering things. Underneath there is some roasted malt complimenting the dry oak. Hints of toast, dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal. Sweet and boozy with a very strong bourbon flavor that overpowers everything else. That being said it never gets too hot but it’s still thin, watery and one dimensional.
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of a clever little jug-growler at DLD. Not 100% sure on the vintage but maybe 2009 was written on the growler tag. Somehow I’ve tried various versions of this but never the base beer. This is a great beer all by itself without any special treatments.
cpetrone84 (1576) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is dark brown with deep tan head. The nose is light, lots of caramel, sugary booze and a touch burnt wood. The taste is bigger and rather sweet. The bourbon is laced in well but it falls off a touch mid palate. As it warms some vanilla comes through, notes of milk chocolate, with a fair bit of roasted malt. There is some coffee bitterness in back. the body holds up better than the rum barrel aged version.
DrSilverworm (7772) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter. Real dark brown-red color. Nice brown (clear?) head, fading to almost minimal, leaving little lace. Awesome really dark chocolate strong coffee aroma. I love the addition of the bourbon aromas in this. It’s strange and woody, but not bite-y or overpowering. Nice, lighter carbonation. Powerful aftertaste. Appropriately boozy. I normally don’t care for bourbon-barrel aged stuff, but this might be the best bourbon-barrel-aged RIS I’ve ever had.
Strykzone (5260) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark with a nice tan head that has some red in it. I smell vanilla and bourbon. Each sip starts with Bourbon, then sour hop notes, and then vanilla. The finish is more sour.