craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a very pretty dense frothy head. Aroma holds a delightful combination of vanilla and sweet wood presence combining with awesome dry dark chocolate, roast, and a balanced ashen tone. The sweet but dry oat presence acts as the catalyst between those two aromatic profiles. Flavor is marked by that same awesome mixture, with some great cherry and marzipan sweetness that quickly moves to the background to make room for fantastic dry bitter and even peaty characteristics. The palate is luscious, perfectly carbonated, and very drinkable. Awesome.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a black body with a super lively foamy tall ultra dark brown head. Unfortunately, the head dissipated rather quickly. The aroma is sweet chocolate, subtle coffee, vanilla, oats, and a charred oak. The aroma is fairly light. The flavor is sweet oats, some charred black patent or charred wood, vanilla, chocolate, and subtle coffee. Notes of bourbon here and there. The palate could be construed as "thin", but then I see that this is simply a stout and not an imperial stout. There could be some more body, but for the style, it’s pretty spot on. Not overly heavy, not sticky. Good and tasty, but the price is pretty steep @ $17 for what you get. Is that the price of shipping a bourbon barrel to Denmark/Norway? If so, stick with used Scotch or French wine barrels.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle served in an English Pint. Pour is onyx with four huge fingers of deep beige head; Lancing and retention were stellar with this brew. Nose is coffee, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Taste mimics the nose verbatim, with the roasted malt and coffee jumping out first. These flavors are then joined by the rest of the crew, and then come to rest in a coffee/vanilla/bourbon finish. This beer comes off as a decadent treat at a gourmet coffee shop where luxury sedans fill the parking lot while jazz fills the interior, rather than a beer. This is a fantastic brew!
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark rown beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light coffee aroma with bourbon. Coffee and light chocolate flavor wih bourbon and light roast. Medium bodied. Coffee and bourbon lingers with chocolate and light roast.
superspak (4388) - Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter. Pours opaque black color with a nice 2 finger very dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some thick lacing is left on the glass as well. Aromas of huge bourbon notes with dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and a bit of vanilla. Good strong aromas here, decent balance, but a little heavy on the bourbon. Taste of huge notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel on the front; with some bourbon and vanilla in the back. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers for a bit with coffee and roasted flavor. Outstanding balance of flavors, very smooth drinking for the alcohol level as well. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly creamy feeling as well. No alcohol noticed in the taste and a very slight warming on the finish. Overall an outstanding imperial stout. The nose was really strong on the bourbon, but the taste was great the bourbon sitting in the background.
nimbleprop (7049) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, creamy tan head. Boozy aroma, whiskey, wood, brown sugar. Flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, smoke, toasted break. Full bodied, boozy, smokey finish.
arminjewell (9232) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with tan head, aroma has notes of roast, chocolate, some coffee, nuts, slight vanilla. Taste is nice with notes of roast and toffee, with some chocolate and coffee, finishing roasty, bitter and slightly sweet. Nice brew, but no real bourbon influences in the beer.
thewolf (11930) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Pours completely black with a fine, creamy, light-beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is roasted, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Luscious really. Light carbonation, nice fat and creamy palate. Flavour is very nice, good vanilla sweetness, roasted maltiness, coffee, softness and elegance. Very nice use of bourbon barrels.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Poured medium-deep brown with a very tall, very well-retained dense tan head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up toasted coffee and nutty malts, with a little vanilla accenting.. fairly airy, but not unreasonably so for 7.5%. The flavor found the same coffee and vanilla at the core, with subtle, yet complementary bourbon laced throughout.. back to coffee with a lightly metallic bourbon on the finish.. not terribly complex, but solidly constructed. Medium-bodied and very dry on the palate.. toasty.. I could drink a whole lot of this.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Malty body with coffee roastyness, feels less bright then the previous version. Malty chocolate, tobacco, lighter oak tones. Roast y with some ash like presence and a hint of vanilla in the finish. Good, but i prefer the stock version.