wedgie9 (2521) - 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.
radio_nowhere (1233) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 ’Silent Night’ corked bomber into snifter glass, opaque deep dark brown (black) color with dark tan lacing. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit, wood char, vanilla and faint whiskey. Taste adds lighter roast, espresso, milk chocolate, heavier oak and earthy hop bitterness. Heavy body, low-moderate carbonation, rich, creamy with lingering woody coffee roast finish. In my opinion a excellent coffee bourbon barreled imperial stout; leans more on the chocolate, coffee and wood notes. Wish I had grabbed a second bottle, kind of a tad pricey though at $21 a bomber.
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe de café et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #6249)
bytemesis (4969) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 Bottle from brentk56 - thanks!. Pours opaque black, medium deep brown head, creamy and slow to dissipate with nice lacing behind. Aroma is tart(!), oak, bourbon, roast, cocoa. Flavor is very light tart, medium sweet, light bitter, a bit acetic. roasty, cococa. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Still a solid beer, but it seems like a weak infection going on.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and coffee roastiness are enveloped in suave bourbon and its fruity vanilla in this plump, soft Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the darkness.
-The nose on this one is appropriately decadent.
-While the nose has tons to offer, the flavor profile lacks malt depth, relying instead on the barrel to offer most of the fun.
-Alcohol follows the wooden trails.
Bottle, as Silent Night.
DCLawyer (1952) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labeled Silent Night. 750ml to snifter. Black with thin tan head. A: bourbon over coffee and chocolate malt. T: bourbon, molasses, vanilla, oak, cocoa. Strong and good.
MadRobin (2442) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jackpot in Washington, DC.
Opaque, near black with with a tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, oak, chocolate and coffee.
Taste of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, roasted coffee and roasted malt.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DuffMan (8207) - 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 (257) - 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 (585) - 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 (5959) - 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.