beersighted (125) - - FEB 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Marble Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - 11% abv. This jet black, viscous imperial stout has a distinct aroma of rye from bourbon barrel aging. The first sip is intensely sweet and memorable. I was taken aback by the distinct flavor that this beast unleashed on my palate. As he warmed up, its sweetness mellowed out leaving a relatively easy drinking anise flavored snifter of love.
DesertDevil (582) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Flanny’s. Typical heavy roasty aroma with coffee, burnt toast, molasses, slight bourbon and dank oak, dark chocolate, and some anise. Pitch black in color with a thin, dark khaki head. Lovely taste of dry roasted barley, baker’s chocolate mixed with powdered cocoa, vanilla beans, oak, mellow bourbon, and a hint of raisin and marshmallow. A solid barrel-aged stout.
jake65 (2792) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade, thanks to Trukpro. Very dark brown pour with a finger of thick, creamy brown head. Retention of a thick ring throughout and great lacing. Immediately I am impressed by the nose of this brew. Full and rich, but very sweet. Toasted brown sugar, molasses, toffee… sweet, but not overtly sweet. Light barrel notes, anise, and modest roast. The complexities drop off in the taste; toffee, toasted malt, vanilla, and dark pitted fruits. Smooth and silky, but sweet. At least it’s not cloying, but I can’t get past sweet as a descriptor. The anise comes through more as it warms. Solid beer overall, nose is outstanding.
DrunkSanta410 (371) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 22ox bomber to glass. Pours an inky black with thin tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon with sweet hints of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is bourbon forward with vanilla beans. Transitions to toasty chocolate with slight dark bitterness. Finishes with slight alcohol burn / booziness. Thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very bold stout. Uniquely done. A definite must try.
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of IBrew2or3. Pours a dark stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is chocolate syrup, booze, semisweet chocolate, and some mild bitterness. Flavor is similar with booze, chocolate syrup, sweet chocolate, and some dryness on the back end. Interesting, uber sweet imperial stout.
arminjewell (7036) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Aaron, thick black pour with creamy tan head that dissipates but laces well, aroma brought notes of lots of roasted malt, slight oak, bourbon, vanilla, hints of dark fruits, slight chocolate, caramel and molasses. Taste is a mix of nice dark chocolate, dark fruits, hints of roast, slight coffee, nice oak, bourbon, finishing fairly bitter, roasty. Pretty tasty, a bit acidic which is distracting, but overall its tasty.
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black waxed 22oz bomber pours with a deep dark body that supports a full semi tight light mocha head of foam. The aroma initially erupts with sweet smooth candy like bourbon and then that note gives way to a mix of burnt malts, dark chocolate malts, some sweet molasses and a mild earthy milk chocolate like sensation. The taste is rich and smooth. It starts with a rush of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, thick dark chocolate and some sweet molasses and bourbon. It just stays that way right into the finish with smooth rich and balanced boldness right to the roasty end. Great sipper.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three-finger thick, light brown tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves some nice, light lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a black color that actually passes some light through it (if you hold it up directly to the light) and shows a clear, burnt amber hue around the edges. The aroma smells of bourbon and roasted malt up front; vanillin, toasted coconut, warming bourbon alcohol and spice, and a richly sweet, concentrated dark malt character.
Sweet with lots of dark malt character up front, towards the middle rich vanillin and toasted coconut notes kick in and the finish has a lightly spicy oak and woody character to it. The beer is fairly rich and viscous, though it is not overly heavy. The barrel character is actually fairly well integrated throughout, though it can get spicy and woody in the finish. Flavors of roasted molasses, coffee syrup, hints of anise, and perhaps a hint of roasted smokiness, as well as a burnt whole grain toastiness rounds out the malt character here. The hop character plays a distant role here, it provides some bitterness, and perhaps a hint of herbal character, but plays a backseat to the malt and barrel character here.
Nicely done for a Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout; the barrel character doesn’t overpower the base beer here, and melds fairly well.
madmitch76 (16560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11th June 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Bruce! Opaque dark brown beer, short dark tan head. Palate is light and a little dry. Nice mild carbonation. Very tangy dark malts. Some coffee and lesser dark chocolate. Very mild roast. Finishes dry and gum numbing! A bit strong on the tang.
Scopey (7880) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s. It pours very dark brown with a tiny beige head. The nose is soft roast, mellow, caramel, treacle, vanilla, toasted coconut, smooth and brown sugar. The taste is roasted earth, toast, scorched earth, wood, cocoa, bourbon, alcohol warmth, burnt notes and some astringency. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Not much depth of flavour, but decent nonetheless.