bvc (1232) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Deep, rich, brownish black with coffee creama head. Much lighter and balanced nose than I was expecting, even after letting it warm up. Cocoa, raisins, dried fig, dark skin roasted nuts, coffee...some barrel in there, vanilla and what not, but very light...which works for me. Flavor isn’t as harmonious and is a has a touch of a twang with bitter finish and could use a bit more barrel notes coming through.
lyleconklin (23) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma is absolutely wonderful. I love this full bodied stout. This is definitely a stout i will definitly
kneallo (4) - - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice dark color stout with minimal head, with a complex aroma of chocolate and coffe; smooth taste and finish
PhillyCraft (5360) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz Sample courtesy of Bill, Thanks again man for busting out this rare brewsker. Poured a dark brown, with lighter head. Aromas of fudge, bourbon, vanilla bean, dark fruit, and roasted grain. Taste was around the same with further small notes of tobacco, fig, and cofee. Mouthfeel was very sticky. Overall a great beer. Very warming.
thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Barrel Night back in November. From notes that I’m catching up day by day. Pours a thick black with tiny brown head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla and minimal dark chocolate/truffle notes. Truffle and tons of bourbon barrel come out in the taste. One of the hottest BA imperial stouts I’ve tried. The vanilla is apparent and goes well with the rest of the profile. This is one to sip over a long period. The 3oz taste was good by me.
peteinSD (1459) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Lost Abbey on January 21, 2011. Advertised as barrel #935. Black pour with a slick of expresso colored head. Aroma is pungent bourbon with vanilla, heavy dark fruit, and a nice even chocolate roast underneath. Taste is dominated by the bourbon up front with complimentary vanilla followed by chocolate, roasted malt, perhaps some light coffee in there, and some light alcohol heat on the finish. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Great beer that I’d love to see bottled and it was nice to have it side-by-side with the "regular" version that sees distribution.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single Barrel (#935 - the hot one from the barrel night). On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours with a pitch black body with a lasting brown head with some decent lace. Aromas are huge, bourbon, fudgy, tobacco, chocolate, vanillin. Somewhat sharp alcohol and barrel character. Flavors are nutty, fudge, bourbon, molasses. Alcohol is a bit smoother on the tongue than in the nose. Lots of tannic bitterness and vanillin. Medium to lively bubbles, dryish, tannic, warming. Good stuff in small quantities.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black in color with no head. Intense aromas of whiskey and booze with quite a bit of vanilla. A nice chocolate smell to it as well as some mild roast and burnt sugar notes. The flavor is quite intense. Lots of chocolate, whiskey, and vanilla to go with burnt sugar, molasses, and a bit of roasted malt.
daknole (10829) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lost Abbey Barrel Night. Deep brown pour, nice brown head. We sampled 2 barrels that night. One was mellow and fudgy the other was a hot and awesome bourbon bomb! Rich flavors of vanilla, cocoa, espresso, roast, bourbon, oak shined in both and when we blended them...oh hell!
phaleslu (9022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlabeled 22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! Good to know people, as this one was a real rarity. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head that settles into a film and ring. The aroma is very woody initially, with barrel notes emerging more as it warms- then big bourbon kicks in with milder vanilla, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, wood, earth, vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, boozy, woody mouthfeel and light carbonation. Really opened up upon warming. Doesn’t seem to have the same complexity as the Serpent’s Stout, which was surprising. Excellent nonetheless.