MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to kiefdog for this one.
A: Pours a deep shade of black with a tall mocha colored head. Pretty nice retention and some lace.
S: Rather light aromas. Light char, chocolate malt, and a hint of coffee.
T: Not good, char, booze, chocolate, and slight band aid like notes.
M: Medium in body, zippy carbonation.
D: Not a favorite of mine. Wonder if the bottle had started to turn. Have my own bottle will revisit.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast y chewy malt tones light licorice and some whiskey tones almost a bit scotch like in terms of wood tones. A modest warming with chocolate malt roasted and hints of vanilla and wood. nice.
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazy black. This thing is all chocolate and roast. A little sweetness, more roast and caramel. Not bad.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by argo0 on 12/13/09: Pours an oily opaque with a well-lacing beige head. Aroma of doughy biscuity dark caramel malts and a hint of dark chocolate and lots of fresh grapefruity hops. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate malts with some alcoholic warmth and resiny hop notes. Not much bourbon character, but still has good dark chocolaty complexity.
Ibrew2or3 (7097) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours mahogany with ruby hues and full tall mocha head. The aroma is roasty heading into burnt malts and some oak. The taste is a bit bright with dark to burnt malts as well as oak notes. By midway some mild chocolate notes combine with bourbon sweetness. The sweetness doesn’t last long as oak, roasty malts and faint dark chocolate dry it out some into the finish.
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours midnight black with a dark tan head. Nose is bourbon, booze, band-aid, burn, and roasted malts. Flavor is smoke, roast, some booze, some dark chocolate, and very little barrel. Not my kind of BA Stout.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black and thick like oil. Aroma and flavor are a mixture dark chocolate, hops, some dark coffee, wood and bourbon. While a complex flavor profile, it was kind of rough - but perhaps with some age it will smooth out some. Still, a very tasting and interesting brew.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours pitch black with a brown head into a snifter; nice frothy lacing. This is a great looking beer; one swirl and the head is back in full force, unusual for an imperial stout in my experience. Obvious bourbon presence in the aroma; vanilla, soy sauce, roasted malts and coffee, dark chocolate. Quite a bitter profile with a solid roasted malt/black coffee backbone with notes of pure cocoa. The bourbon comes through a tad too sharp in the finish, but it’s still pleasant with burnt sugar and an ever so slight touch of vanilla. Mellows and smooths out wonderfully as it warms with earthy and sweeter dark chocolate notes coming to the forefront. Full bodied with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. I liked it much better in the bottle than on tap. Far better brew than the normal version in my opinion. Incorporating the boozier and richer notes in this version in place of the abstract salinity of the original... nicely done. Cheers to Laughing Dog.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky oily thick black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some bourbon. Flavor is dark rich and complex. A little bitter from the roast, but also some interesting hop undercurrents adding to the complexity. This was a tasty beer and would probably do well with some age.
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown. Nose is whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, roast and big smoke. Flavor is charred grain, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, wood and whiskey.