cpetrone84 (1011) - 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 (4065) - 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 (4218) - 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.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured black with a copper head. aroma was bourbon, dark fruit, and fudge. flavor was much the same plus some apparent alcohol notes. body was light with low carbonation.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber thanks to jrallen34.
Appearance : Deep black with almost no head.
Aroma : Nice vanilla and bourbon with coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of coffee.
Taste : Coffee with bourbon. Nice vanilla and chocolate. Very nice finish with notes of vanilla and lots of coffee. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Very well made. Bourbon is very well integrated and not overpowering. You can still taste the roasted malt underneath with no problem. Very tasty and well balanced. Nice persistent finish. A great example of a good Bourbon BA Imperial Stout.
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice bourbon vanilla chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, briney, very nice. In mouth, a complex mix of mocha coffee and chocolate, woody notes, super warming alcohol, licorice, vanilla, beautiful. Bottle from Boutip, shared with GRM, Probstk and Ian, Dec. 2 2011.
probstblueribbon (2631) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by Boutip (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Part of a vertical. 02DE11.
App.: Deep brown-black, deep mocha ring.
Aroma: Strong, peppery, soy sauce, dark molasses, a fair bit of alcohol, briny coffee, green peppercorns, vanilla notes, definite Bourbon sour mash notes, rougher around the edges than the Brandy version.
Palate: Medium+ body, relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: Brown sugar, molasses, brine, soy sauce, rich fruitiness, some caramel, green peppercorns, less alcohol than the nose, a little vanilla; sweet with a little less alcohol and a long, mouth-coating, molasses, dark malt finish.
GRM (2703) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on December 2 2011; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light acidulous; mouth: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, slight chocolate, molasses, finale in bourbon with presence of malt, medium body, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 2 décembre 2011; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, léger acidulé; bouche : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, très léger chocolat, mélasse, finale en bourbon avec présence de malt, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of corn and light vanilla with some light black chocolate and alcohol fusel is good. Taste is a complex mix of corn and vanilla with some bourbon which rounds the edge of this beer. Body is full with low carbonation and some fusel alcohol is perceptible. Not bad though I prefered the brandy barrel version.
drfabulous (3395) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to McGrupp612. Pours total black. Oily. No carbonation. Taste is big roast and bourbon. Nice, with big bold flavors, but I’d dig some carbonation to accent the taste.