OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is no better than the non-barrel aged one. Appearance dark brown with no light coming through and a 1 finger brown sugar head. Aroma was sweet dark chocolate with dark malts and a hint of coffee followed by some barrel aroma, very minimal. Taste was sweet chocolate up front immediately hit by the roasted malts. Mouthfeel brought this down with a very syrupy feel. Not impressed by this barrel aged and must say that if there is any difference between the non barrel aged its minimal.
jake65 (2521) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas present from my in-laws… I am feelin’ the love for sure! Opened mid-January, 2014. Pours a dark brown body with two fingers of creamy tan head. Nice ring throughout and spotty lacing here and there. The nose is downright inviting; a mellow bourbon, roast, and chocolate aroma. It’s been 4-5 years since I’ve had the base beer (I need to change this, asap), but the barrel treatment really works. Light char and ash, chocolate, and mild espresso. The amount influence from the bourbon barrel is spot-on and complimentary. Nice finish of roast and bourbon and maybe it’s my imagination, but there seems to be a mild dose of floral hops. It blows me away how easy drinking this is. Sure there are some heartier or more complex offerings in the style, but this is sublime. At $6.99 you’d be hard pressed to find a better bba impy...
Howlader (392) - - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC. Not a very boozy bourbon barrel - very good.
radio_nowhere (682) - Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into snifter glass, jet black with a finger of dark tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, fresh fruit (berries), roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, light coffee, vanilla, caramel and anise. Taste adds notes of smoke, burnt marshmellow, coconut, milk chocolate, licorice and some wood. Heavy body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, rich with lingering roasty char finish. A smoke-chocolately BA IRS, quite tasty.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, moderate to small tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light roast, lesser notes of darker fruit. Medium to full bodied, somewhat thin mouthfeel, lacks complexity but still pretty tasty.
gendv138 (253) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at ChurchKey, 4 ounce pour into a mini snifter. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, caramel. Tasting notes of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate fudge, oak. Good barrel aged stout though I think I prefer the non-barrel aged version.
deekyn (991) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - pours opaque deep dark cola with quick dissipating espresso head. S - pretty simple. Toasted malts, molasses, cereal grains and chocolate. M - thinner than expected. Low carb. Dry and sticky. T - toasted malts, raw cacao, vanilla, dry toasted oak. O - good, but simple. No real bourbon notes. 3.6
beerbastard (631) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz. bottle, very dark pour with good tan lacing. Green coffee nose and roasted malts, followed by Bourbon, chocolate and vanilla in the background. Roasted malt flavors with Bourbon and chocolate. Finish is bitter dark chocolate Alcohol is well hidden. The flavors are separated, unmatured taste. Might need some time. Still its good.
scottRPH (2) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Bourbon,chocolate, coffee. oak
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Taste: medium bitter, light sweet
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter finish
crossovert (6134) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly bretted. SMell is mostly oak and cocoa, slight brett. Brett is more prevalent in the flavor, htough it isn’ sour, just slightly medicinal. not terrible despite its infection.
mjpeterson812 (59) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Pour was dark, thick, oily. Quite a bit of dense tan foam that faded to a thin layer. Lots of lacing and sheeting as consumed.
After pouring let it warm in glass for a bit. Aroma is bread, coffee, chocolate, walnuts and bourbon. Lots of sweetness but balanced by malty bitterness. Lots of coffee flavor here along with dark chocolate. The nearly 11% ABV is VERY well hidden. Would never guess this is an imperial stout.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, creamy, sticky. Nice amount of soft carbonation. Finish is long and bitter with the smallest bit of warming.
A nice stout on a cold Christmas Eve.