VsXsV (2777) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 cl bottle. Black liquid with brown edge and small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt and ash. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with nice roasted tones and bourbon. Full bodied with OK carbonation. Nice and balanced, not too roasted and not too "bourbony".
Panzerfaust (595) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JAN 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from El Irlandťs. Small bottle (250 ml) served at room temperature. This Imperial Stout impresses with a very cloudy quasi black color and a rocky brown-yellowish head that leaves a great lacing after a while. It gives a spectacular and intense malty aroma of Kahlua, cocoa, vanilla, Jack Daniels, oak and overripe berries. A slight herbal trace reminds of German herb liquor like Jšgermeister. Then I start sipping this behemoth: The outstanding taste is incredible; an initial sweetness with notes of dark fruits, raisins and oaky vanilla gives way to stronger, boozier notes in the finish with hints of bourbon, wood and molasses with lots of spices. A very subtle trace of sourness adds to the complexity of this monster brew. Full body (but not chewy) with generous alcohol levels that compliment the taste very well instead of appearing as a flaw. An impressive and long finish leaves a superb aftertaste. So, again, I wonder if this is an Imperial Stout or a very malty Barley Wine. I canít feel the roastiness but I get a wonderful overdose of booze. Anyway, itís incredible and it would be interesting to see how it ages. Iím not used to drink this kind of super strong bourbon barreled beers so I recognize Iím impressed. Fantastic!
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of nbutler11. Thanks Nick! It pours dark darkness with mocha head. The aroma is somewhat marshmallow and then brown sugar coated sweet earthy dark fruity esters, some mild spicy oak notes and then smooth yet dusty bourbon. The taste is similar with a sweet marshmallow note followed by sweet and earthy dark fruity esters, burnt malts, chocolate, spicy oak and then a light amount of smooth sweet bourbon. I pick up faint red wine like tannin tartness off in the background that could be a sign of something but doesnít distract from the experience.
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - JAN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 25 cl bought @ Bir & Fud (Rome, Italy). Well, well, well, hereís the big one after having the normal version. Uh... bourbon edition? I LOVE bourbon, in every sense. And the mark of this aging is marvelous, even notes arenít so intense. Willing to know which bourbon was, vanilla and wood mixes perfectly among notes of citrus. But letís go to flavor. If someone would ever ask me to define the concept of bourbon-beer, well, George BA fits perfectly. Paid attention, this is the peculiarity but limit as well; you know, Iím expecting a solid malt component, but itís too much liquor-creamy for me; fizzy, but lacks some sharp - not rough, sharp - character, something heavy and elegant at same time. You could find, like the normal George, coffee, red wine, and that sweetness failing. Finish itís like the normal version, so itís pleasant towards citrus and hops. In the end, deserve just a +0.1 point more than the base, but nothing more.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25cl bottle courtesy of doodler. thanks so much, scott!. pours a viscous, beautifully intense black with a thick, imposing, dark mocha brown head that sits rusty, brick red around the edges and leaves thick, coating rings of lace. aroma is absolutely amazing with huge notes of toffee, toasted graham cracker, hazelnut coffee, and milk chocolate backed by rich, woody bourbon, vanilla, cigar ash, and smoked bacon with touches of earth, molasses, and cinnamon as it warms. flavor is stunning, a true "wow" beer for me, with huge notes of dark chocolate, charred black malts, espresso, and sweet toffee up front balanced superbly by woody, spiced bourbon, vanilla, earthy tobacco, and cinnamon bread with subtle hints of figs, candied raisins, and smoked salami as it finishes. palate is rich, creamy, and full bodied with perfect carbonation and a long, dry, woody and slightly sweet finish. overall, a superbly crafted barrel aged imperial stout that definitely lives up to itís top 50 status.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle (noted that it was lagered in bourbon for 6 months). Rating 5900. Pours with a thick, pitch black body with a small, but lasting, very very deep brown, iodine like head. Completely glass coating, decent lace and better legs. Aromas are quite woody, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, vanillin, chocolate, fudge and sort of candyish. A bit of cotton candy, light esters (dark fruits, fig, plum), charcoal and anise. Flavors are charcoal, oak, flan, burnt toffee, caramelization, wood, bourbon, fudge, dark fruits (fig and plum), lots of chocolate. Light alcohol (presence for the ABV), tannin, wood, molasses. Long duration, marshmallow, light smoke just before the finish. The most noteworthy part of this beer is its mouthfeel: Very thick on the palate, full bodied and velvety. Creamy, coating and completely weighted with light carbonation. Pretty darn tasty beer!
piscator34 (2114) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of chocolate, salted caramel, bourbon and vanilla. Similar flavour profile, with a good mix of milk chocolate, slated caramel, and bourbon. The vanilla character was a bit more muted in the mouth. Medium bodied. Oddly enough itís a bit more drinkable than the lighter non-bourbon edition. Far less fruity than that one too, which is better for me.
claudepaulis (50) - , BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This oil like beer has a very deep taste: mixing hop chocolate, caramel. If you can taste it, donít hesitate.
dalfaro86 (306) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thi is the best beer available in Mťxico, in very smal quantities of course and with a price of 20 dolars, but i think itīs worthy; puors black with a small brown head with good retention, aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffe, vanilla, wood, and some hops; body is robust, and the flavor has te same notes as the aroma, but the hop and wood notes intensify
Geokkjer (6432) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie. Pours jet black with a tiny beige head.Aroma of whiskey, molasses, soy sauce, vanilla, oak and coffee. Flavor is sweet and roasted with some coffee, vanilla and oak . Full body, soft carbonation.