bierkoning (9754) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from EricAndersNavy, thanks! Black and opague, pours a huge head. Dark chocolate, licorice, ash, cream and just hints of oak in the aroma. Dried berry fruit. Sweet, malty roasty flavor. Creamy with chocolate, ash and vanilla. Alcoholic. Full bodied, powerful and complex. Not a huge bourbon barrel character, in fact even hard to notice. Fruity aftertaste. Very good!
BierGarten wine and spirits (11) - Jenks, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Deep Dark pour, slight dark chocolate colored head
S- Smell is great! Hints of bourbon coming through, and chocolate. Some coffee on the nose as you take a sip.
T- Exactly what I was expecting. The Bourbon Barrel has mellowed out the characteristics greatly. Bourbon notes, caramel and coffee coming through, milder than some BBS but still awesome.
M- Not as heavy as some BBS I have had, but nice on the tongue. Not too chewy covers the palate nicely.
D- Wonderful!! I would definitely drink this regularly. Its a great BB IMP Stout and the price is right. I have spent a lot more on beers of equal quality. Laughing Dog got this one right!! Cheers!
kramer (4568) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a rather large frothy dark brown head that took forever to subside. The nose is quite roasty and intense with a rather restrained barrel influence and minimal alcohol intrusion. A good bit of bitter chocolate and a dry burnt graininess. The flavor is much like the original version, a little too over-roasted and burnt tasting for my personal preference. At least the barrel influence isn’t overdone at all, in fact, I think that it could even use a bit more bourbon character. It’s been a while since I said that I think. There’s just a light vanilla and charred oak note towards the finish, and no bourbon booziness at all. Medium to full bodied, rather sturdy in it’s mouthfeel with soft fizzy carbonation. Not a bad beer overall, a good bit better than the original for me actually, but far from stellar.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge billowy milk chocolate foam over a dark dark brown body. Aroma is really roasty, chocolate, some whiskey, but little expected vanilla or wood. Taste is heavier on whiskey, splintery oak, wood, lots of chocolate, light roast.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a big dark brown with creamy beige head- massive with big carbonation underneath. Aroma is phenolic with harsh CO2 burn from high carbonation- then bourbon vanilla caramel sweetness, some earthy woody tones on roasted barley bittersweet chocolate and medium fruity plummy esters. Flavor is light chocolate, burnt toast, roast, light ashy coffee, earth, bourbon, wood, toast, vanilla and sweetness. Bitter finish. eh.
jonno (2096) - JAPAN - DEC 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dasilky’s friend for this. Sweet bourbon nose. Lots of Dark plum. Roasty, medium bodied with the bitterness of the coffee in the finish. Solid stuff though not in the upper echelon.
IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brewforia. Black with a dark tan head. Intense roasted smokey aroma and roasted bitter high IBU flavor. Fairly thin and dry. More body would be a nice improvement. Tasty though and the bourbon/oak is not overpowering.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Head was twice as big as the beer on a careful pour. Head was brown. Beer was dirty dark brown. Nose has nice cocoa and vanilla notes, bourbon, but maybe a touch of vegitalness. Flavors had some roasted nut qualities, even some saltiness...cocoa and coffee too, but the bourbon notes are kind of restrained....though it does round out the body to make it somewhat luscious in the mouth. Alcohol is heating...still get a little bit of vegital notes, but they’re not too offensive.
anders37 (15299) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brouwers, Seattle, WA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty bitter chocolate and licorice flavor with some barrel hints. Has a roasted malty bitter chocolate finish with hints of licorice.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of green hoppiness, earth, grapefruit, chocolate, and roasted grain. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, earth, oak, chocolate, and bourbon with a dry, bitter finish.