Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2009 vintage. Poured deep brown with a short-lived tan head. The aroma picked up very lovely bourbon and oak over warm chocolate, licorice, and molasses.. toasted coconut comes through if you dig deep.. barrel-focused, but very enjoyable. The flavor found tangy bourbon and charred oak throughout.. there was some dark malt down there, but it was hard to pull anything out until sticky licorice and toasty caramel show up after the swallow.. the barrel was really sharp by the end. Medium-ish bodied and thin on the palate for an imperial stout.. lower carbonation.. this didnít flow too well. This needed a bigger stout or less time in the barrel.
watson1977 (2287) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with ruby hues...very thin mocha head. aroma has fig and dark chocolate beneath bourbon notes and vanilla...touch of brown sugar. flavor has nice brown sugar, a hint of dark chocolate, raisin and fig, and nice bourbon with a touch of oak. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is brown sugar/bourbon and roasty dry.
hayduke (2933) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at Dark Lord Day in Munster, Indiana. Poured dark brown. Tan head. Good lacing. nose of chocolate malts Medium plus body. Flavor is rich dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and some booze. Good but alcohol intrudes.
ngeunit1 (1541) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark black-brown with a thin layer of frothy brownish head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, molasses, dark fruit, coffee, some booze.
T - Sweet chocolate malts, vanilla, Bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth and a bit chewy with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Nice overall balance. Could have used a bit more carbonation.
arkurzynski (1190) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BA Brew33. Thanks! Deep black coffee pour with off-white head. Nose is somewhat tarry roast malt with licorice and the faintest bourbon/vanilla. Practically no barrel qualities. Flavor is an acidic roast malt with more licorice and coffee. Very little oak/bourbon. A bit acidic for me. Nice full palate. Not my thing.
cincygreg (1) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The craft motto is to drink local right? Well as a native Cincinnati guy this is a obvious beer to try and I like it. The appearance is a very deep brown nearly black with a head similar to the foam you would see on a cup of espresso which quickly dissipates. It has a nose of fig, bourbon, plums and leather. When sipping I taste some sweetness, some bourbon, dark fruits, oak, lots of coffee and an extra espresso finish. There is a hint of alcohol but not as a turn off just a little flame as it goes down. I would recommend this beer if you like the barrel aged stouts and you were in the region looking for a local brew. Cheers!
Schroppfy (2350) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like the slight sourness at the end, kind of a treat. To me this indicates that this guy will age well, mellow but also with a little possibility of getting wild. My bottle was not waxed, purchased at Dorothy Lane Market. Initially sweet, vanilla, buttery, hot, not a lot of head and it doesnít linger long. Tasty. Then the warming period lets the hotness expand, too much actually, but you get a little coffee-groundsish acidity. I like it. Fits the bill.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz, red waxed bottle, 2012 edition courtesy of alexsdad. thanks, brad! pours a deep, dark mocha that sits black in the glass capped by a razor thin, khaki head that leaves just a sliver of lace. aroma is great with big notes of vanilla nougat, coconut cream, angelís food cake, and banana cream pie backed by mild chocolate, roast, and light bourbon. flavor is pretty tasty as well, maybe a bit muddled, with a melange of vanilla icing, chocolate covered bananas, yoohoo, charred barrel, and dark fruits with hints of bourbon, toffee, and roast on the back end. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a dry, roasted yet sweet finish with a touch of heat. overall, a decent barrel aged imperial stout.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle 1506/2324 2011 vintage-shared by jtclockwork-disappearing tan-dk brown. A-bourbon, wood, some molasses. T-bourbon, wood-chicory, some molasses-med malt. Thin/towards med body. Lots of bourbon.
Dogbrick (6022) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Samples of 2009, 2011 and 2012 vintages at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Dark brown pour with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Roasted malt and bourbon in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of toasted malt, vanilla, bourbon and a bit of chocolate. The finish is oaky with a vanilla and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
JStax (1669) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a ring of beige foam. Aroma has a nice brown sugar, apple and musty bourbon. In the taste, unfortunately all I can get is the apple and itís very distracting. I wish I could have gotten past that.