dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, 2012 vintage. Aroma is super smooth bourbon and roasted malt. Apearance is perfect, what you’d expect of a stout. Taste... Graded this one down because it surprised me with the coffee flavors. Yes coffee is an ingredient but it overpowers this year’s vintage. Past versions had much lighter coffee flavors. Palate is rich, creamy, delightful. Overall a strong BA imperial stout.
DuffMan (7138) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, via b3shine (thanks Beau!), and enjoyed fittingly on Christmas Eve. Very dark brown with copper highlights and a lasting tan head. Heavy bourbon presence on the nose and palate, dark caramel and roast. Warming finish, a touch boozy. Nice, but a bit hot.
AdamT (199) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2013, 22oz bottle from SoHo in Elizabeth City compliments of Zizzybalubba, thanks homes. Deep black hue, with two finger thick frothy medium brown head, excellent lacing. Aroma of booze, bourbon, dark fruits and hints of vanilla. Dark fruit and bourbon tastes up front with a dark malt and chocolate finish. Some cherry taste on the end when this warms. I also had some smokey tastes as well. Creamy mouthfeel on palate with a dry finsih. This was a good beer to end Christmas day with especially when you throw in a leg lamp.
rayg1 (574) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. 2010 Vintage at Brawley’s Beverage Charlotte, NC. Sampled 11/28/2014. Man, typically I don’t go crazy for barrel-aged imperial "whatever" often I find the result too hot, too cloying, too distracted, and a mess of a beer. Not the case with this one. Aroma is light of chocolate bars, french pressed coffee, white oak. Taste is wonderful of deep, dark chocolate notes, oak, espresso, light bourbon that accents the finish, not take away from it. This is a great beer. Perhaps my problem with barrel aged beers is I’m not patient enough. I tend to drink them young and not developed fully. If you can every get your hands on a 2010 vintage of this do it now! Great beer. Thanks Mike for the chance to sample this, I know there won’t be a second time.
radagast83 (5178) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Snallygaster 2014. Poured a dark, pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was caramel, booze, roasted malts and coffee. Flavor was nice bitter coffee notes, boozy bourbon, with vanilla and some woody barrel notes. Thick.
solidfunk (4547) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with caramel head and lacing. Caramel aroma. Lots of roast, dark chocolate, some coffee, finishes light bitter. Tap at Snallygaster.
GenDV138 (2017) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6 oz draft pour at Snallygaster 2014 shared by someone. Black with light tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, roast, coffee. Tastes of coffee, bourbon, spice, vanilla, chocolate. Medium-full body with a dry syrupy finish.
wedgie9 (2228) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Silent Night, 2013 Vintage
Tasted from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at one of the late night tastings at RBWG Asheville. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin brown head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is fresh coffee grounds, dark chocolate brownie, and plenty of toffee and caramel bourbon. The flavor is a bit more sweet bourbon influenced with the same coffee grounds and dark chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla oak. The body is full with light carbonation and a long, sweet bourbon and coffee finish.
ryanfolty (1928) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
February 21, 2014 - bottle via trade. Dark pour with nice amount of head and lacing. Aroma was an odd coffee and roasted malt with the bourbon coming out as it warmed. Taste was a cheap coffee, roasted malt and mild bourbon.
deyholla (7154) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours a cloudy dark brown with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of roasted malts with notes of dark fruits and dark grains. Flavor has bitter roasted malts with dark grains, dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.
Leighton (12231) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared late night RBWG. Pours oily black-brown with a bubbly tan head. Good stuff, slightly inky, some good chocolate, earthy bitterness. Brownies. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, more chocolate, rich bread. Nice.