danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a rich solid opaque black with a micro tan head. The aromas are warm with bourbon, bourbon barrel, vanilla, and deep roast coffee beans. The taste starts out very wooden from the barrels with a spice tone to it that turns more smoky. The bourbon taste builds as you drink. A bit too warm now but a good beer
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours close to black with a tan head. Whiskey like sweetness in the aroma with some roasted malt and a hint of booze. Similar flavor, whiskey, roasted malt, coffee, light bitterness, light sweetness. Not horribly impressive, but still pretty good.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger for VSK. An unexceptional, exceptionally straight-forward barrel aged IS. Dead pour, black, mostly flat. Thin nose, all bourbon and roast. Lifeless flavor, all vanilla and whiskey. Very dull all around. Perhaps I’m just ready for brewers to try something new rather than making yet another BA coffee imperial stout. Seriously, do we really need another of a style known to show so little variation? Especially one that is coming in at $16/bomber. No thanks. The Firestone anniversary blends are no doubt some of my favorite BA beers, but the barrel treatment on this one is just a total dud.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - thanks bvc!! dark cola brown, clear along the edges, trace tam head; creamy milk, lots of wood, mild roast, dark fruit, vanilla; some astingency too; rich and smooth, lots of wood character, quite sweet, lots of vanilla, dry finish; texture is very thin; sweet, oaky, mildly astringent
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon, vanilla, and coffee on the nose.Some booze hotness. Dark brown almost black pour, creamy tan ring. Vanilla, oaky barrell notes, dark chocolate, coffee, more sweet vanilla and a little boozy heat in finish. Light carbonation thinner body for style.
bvc (1125) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz that I picked up from Belmont Station. Roasty with big vanilla and white chocolate with some coffee. Kind of boozy though. Roasty or burnt malt up front, that is pretty sweet, tons of vanilla and almost too much as it is a bit hot. Some prune and rootbeer going on as well. I’m diging the lighter body but the vanilla is a little much and a tad too hot.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Max’s Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a black body with a tan head. Turpintine, wax, crayola crayon, light chocolate and roasted notes. A huge warming with coco and a strong malt bill. Poor IS.
mar (4480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. deep brown almost black with a cream head. vanilla, malts and chocolate on teh nose. smooth on the palate with a heavy flavor of vanilla, leather and roasted malts.
popery (1219) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at City Beer Store (also previously at Bistro BA Fest). Good to very good imperial stout with a lot of flavor but a bit too sweet. The beer pours black with a thin mocha head. The aroma is a pleasant jumble of licorice, bourbon, coffee, chocolate and roast. The taste is similar but the sweetness of the malt and bourbon overshadows some of the underlying complexity, a fairly common problem with these big barrel-aged stouts. However, Black Xantus has a lot of excellent flavor and the sweetness is a minor annoyance rather than a fatal flaw. The feel is a hair too thin, in my opinion, but the beer manages to keep from being cloying or syrupy with a decent bite in the finish. Despite some minor issues, it’s an excellent beer and wouldn’t be entirely out of place in a lineup of the vaunted heights of the style.
dmac (3543) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from boamr, thanks Ryan. Deep dark balck body with a medium sized foamy light beige head. Wow what a complex aroma with a sweet yet dark combo....notes of coffee, honey, nectar, dark fruit, *I actually wrote black candy...what the hell is that, molassess and dark corn syrup. The flavor is sweet with notes of dark corn syrup, with slightly lesser burnt dark malts, alcohol, burnt molassess and charcoal. Body was slightly thin with softer carbonation and some noticeable alcohol heat. This one was just a little to thin and a little to hot and sweat.