bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth even palate. Well balanced and surprizingly easy to drink. Give this beer a try.
RichieMac3 (10) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one has the potential to be amazing just because of the style alone, but it was really lacking. The flavor is not balanced. It was an inexpensive bottle for something that is bourbon barrel aged. This one comes middle of the road.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, carmel, light vanilla and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, carmel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering oaky finish.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Caramel nose with cereal and corn aromas. Pours a brown dark amber with no head. Tea flavors, sweet vanilla with caramel malts. Not very good.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with dark tan head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak and roasted malts. Similar flavors, but the base beer is not that great. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with a fluffy head. Sweet and malty aroma with lots of oak, bourbon, and vanilla notes. The bourbon and oak are quite pronounced for just using the oak chips as opposed to a barrel. Flavor is a sweet blast of malt, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Smooth and very well balanced. The oak really comes through at the end and the bourbon warms throughout. A bit thin-bodied however. Really tasty.
GranvilleTim (1415) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mohagony pour with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla. Taste is the same, but it is a bit watery. It is initially alright in flavor, but it needs something to back it up.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Deep brown, black pour with a one finger head that fades into a wispy film on top of the beer. Big aromas of bourbon, oak and vanilla with the taste being more of the same. Finish is very oaky with a hint of chocolate. Great beer at a very good price.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is dark copper with a light tan head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, sweet malt, bread, and toast. Flavor is again sweet with rich malt, toffee, a little bit of oak, and barely any whiskey character. This is NOT an imperial stout, or even an American strong ale. This is much more like a strong Scottish than either of the other styles. It is a nice tasting beer, but a disappointment for the style characteristics. I will still give the beer the rating that I would give in a blind tasting while not knowing the style, but my complaint goes out to the brewery that claims this is an imperial stout. Shame on you.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, bourbon and cocoa. Medium body with flavors of raisins, malt and some hops. Bourbon is present too but it is subtle. The finish is malty with a dark fruit aftertaste. Brewers seem to just throw the word "bourbon" on just about anything these days. This beer is interesting in some ways, and while decent it is not necessarily something I would revisit. Kudos that this was actually drinkable considering it comes from the same brewer who provided the "12 Greatest Brews of the World" Wal-Mart variety pack that scarred me nearly 8 years ago.