sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2016 Bottle. Pours opaque black with thin, frothy tan head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, whiskey, oak, and earthy hops. Flavor is heavy malt with average hops and some dark fruit esters; whiskey undertones throughout with a dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (12048) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is lightly sour dark fruity esters, chocolate and roast malt with earthy hops and whiskey barrel notes. Flavor is malt dominant, medium bitter roast malt, dark fruity esters, whiskey and oak with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dry and boozy with wood and smell of sweet whiskey. Some malt but secondary in my experience.
Beautiful when poured with dark beige head.
Sort of light for style in body. Creamy texture, slightly sticky. Whiskey, slight vanilla, and pretty heavy hops. Good, not great.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a dissipating brown head. Full bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel. This beer has lots of dark bitter roastiness and spicy oak, with a hint of smoke. Very dry finish. Not bad, but could use a little more balance of other flavors for my tastes.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light for an imperial stout. Flavor is roast, hops, aftertaste is smoke and ash but light. Some bourbon on the end
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at SuperBowl 46. Great dark brown pour with fair brown head. Sweet, almost milk stout aroma with some bourbon/vanilla notes. Flavor is even better and kinda unique. Again, a lactose sweetness with wonderful pairing of whiskey. Dark roast, chocolate, more earthy notes and semi bitterness of dark chocolate on the finish. Very smooth. The bourbon, somehow ’thins’ the body on this one, and is not overly chewy. Very tasty brew.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place poured into a snifter. Pours black with about 2 fingers of dark tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, coco, coffee and a little black jelly bean. Taste is light bitter. Lots of coffee and whiskey with a good bit of dark chocolate and oak. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Soft carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, this beer is great. I wish I would have bought another one to age.
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, licorice, and char. There is definitely some booze/heat to it, too. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is no more impressive. Intense roast and booze flavor with a bit of molasses and licorice. Maybe some dark chocolate and astringent coffee. Meh.
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Hophead #5 annual tasting. Small black pour into my tulip glass. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, with good bourbon balance. Nice body. Wish I had a bigger pour of this one. It was good but no worth the $25 price tag you see at many places.
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice bourbon barrell stout. Aroma was nice..very complex with vanilla, oak and bourbon all throughout. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a one finger cherry/mahogany head. Taste was nice as well. A delicious blend of roasted malt, caramel and vanilla with the bourbon weaving in and out. This beer is very woody, a little too much at some points. As it warmed the bourbon mellowed and came out more as an aftertaste. The wood almost sharpened to the point where it felt like you were getting splinters in the mouth. Nice carbonation and very complex bee.r