theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. Pour is deep black, touch of reddish, opaque, with a smaller well formed khaki head. Aroma of bitter sweet cocoa, roast maltiness, some oak woodiness and a bunch of boozy Bourbon. Nose is mostly about the Bourbon, particularly as it warms. Taste is the nose, in equal measures. Again, bitter sweet cocoa along with roast malt and wood - dominated by Bourbon. Palate is medium and a bit slick, with a long boozy finish. All in all, this is certainly a Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. Thanks for this one Phil!
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is oak, boubon, chocolate, vanilla. The apearnce is a deep black, light brown head. The flavor is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak. This is what I think all barrel aged beers should be. I always gripe when the beer is overpowered by bourbon. Not the case here. The bourbon actually compliments the beer nicely. The finish is bourbon, sweet, pine hops. Medium/thick to thick in body. Excellent. Well done for a barrel aged impy stout.
jkwood04 (5210) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a thick, lacy, tan head. Aroma of oak and bourbon, roasted malts with hints of chocolate, and some grassy hops. The flavors don’t really blend as well as they could, and the beer isn’t as thick as it should be. Still pretty good though.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muchas Gracias Senor Daks for this bottle. Served in my Bells Expedition snifter.
Basically black with just a hint of reddish highlights around the edges topped by a big fluffy beige head that left excellent lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, char, chocolate, walnuts, and rye bread malts. Still it appears they may have dry hopped this because I still find a fair amount of grassy and herbal hops on the nose. Just a hint of barrel wild yeasties starting to show but in this case they are still a two bit background playa and not something to be noticed (but it does question any more cellaring, could start to go south soon). Lastly, some bile and oxidization is surely appearing again putting into question any further aging.
The taste is vanilla bean and cocoa overload at first, someone boozy and lots of interesting side notes of tar, liquorice, tobacco, leather. molasses and even some peaty tones. Coffeeish and hop bitters follow suit upon the finish but are far less forceful than in the non-BA version, no really fruity component left here. It is more straight acidity than dark fruits. The mouth feel is warming and challenging but not as lush or sticky as I hoped.
I was not a huge fan of the base beer (just a 3.6 rating) but I honestly do not care much for this at all. The bourbon and moreso the barrel have lessened this into a muddled mess. The biggest issue is that even the bourbon character seems confused and it does not shine. This dog is a runt.
deyholla (9811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a generous trader whose name escapes me. Pours black with deep brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon, dark grains and roasted malts with a bit of dark fruits. Flavor begins with dark bread and roasted malts with a bit of sweet grains but mainly bourbon in the finish.
Roonai (305) - - SEP 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by deyholla, thanks derek! p is near black with mahogany edges and brown head. nose is boozy malts. chocolate roast with a dark fruit/fig backing that lends a sweet tartness. taste reflects the nose exactly w chocolate roasted malts and dark fruit. not getting much bourbon but a hint just from ’knowing its there’.
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to mlunger.: Poured a deep black with thin tan head. Strong bourbon aroma very warm on the nose. Taste is gritty with chocolate and aged fruit, lots of bourbon booziness as well.
pete4999 (1406) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle purchased in Kentucky awhile back. Poured pitch black with a fast-fading tan head. I was actually nervous on the pour as I thought it smelled a little off, but tasted fine. Smooth, sweet, with the definite bourbon-barrel vanilla flavor. Not the best bourbon stout I’ve had, but it certainly was a fine beer for the evening. I wouldn’t seek it out, but wouldn’t turn it down.
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a small sudsy tan head. Nose is sour cherry, oak, vanilla, sawdust, cherry skins. Smells a faded supplication, kinda similar to bullfrog black cherry bomb, but less rare. Anyway, I like the nose even though the sour cherry character its most likely not intended. Flavor brings this beer down a couple notches as the cherry acidity (created by the barrel I assume) clashes with the sharp bitterness of the grain. Has potential as a cherry stout.
zizzybalubba (1767) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle purchased 6 months ago from Grape & Gourmet. Pours black with a rich, creamy cinnamon brown head. Aroma of light bourbon with faint notes of chocolate in the background. The flavor blends the flavors found in the original imperial stout with the bourbon barrel very nicely; roasted espresso is the dominant flavor with some dark chocolate as well as vanilla, booze, and oak from the barrels. Moderate alcohol warming as expected. Overall, a very nice barrel aged imperial stout that most likely benefited from some maturation in the bottle.