goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured an almost opaque black/brown color with a thin off-white head. Creamy chocolate aroma with some doughy gluey notes. Roasty malt flavor with sweet chocolate and bourbon. Hint of coffee. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a medium to full body. Warming sensation in the chest.
brokensail (11550) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is fairly impressive. The beer is black with a small mocha colored head.
S: The smell is surprisingly lacking in coffee (considering this is supposed to be a "java" stout). There was plenty of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, however.
T: The taste is sort of all over the place. The bourbon is noticeable up front, but not overwhelming. That is followed by some decent chocolate and vanilla flavors, as well as some coffee.
M: The body is on the thin side for an RIS, but not terrible. The carbonation is low, but that is to be expected.
D: For an RIS, it’s rather drinkable. But, it’s not necessarily a great example. I am glad that I got to try it, but I am not in a hurry to drink my remaining bottle.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark beer with a beige/lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted, vanilla, coconut, wood and alcohol. The flavor is roasted, coconut, wood, vanilla and notes of alcohol. The palate is smooth, roasted, sweetness and ends a little raw. Overall a good and complex beer.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from the Green Jug Woodland Hills. Aroma of roasted malts and raisens. Jet black pour with tan head. Flavors of light Bourbon and a some choco malts with a nice bitter finish. Full body. This one will eff you up
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Gator from TBS. Thanks! Pours a nice jet black, not much head. My first impression is that they went hard on the vanilla, I had no idea it was barrel-aged. Makes sense. Smell is definite vanilla, maybe some coconut and coffee. Taste is similar. Smooth, nice texture. I enjoyed it....probably would’ve been better if the bourbon barrel aged it a bit longer.
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ J.C.G US Tasting Pt.2. Pours pitch black with a small creamy lasting head and lacings. Nose is roast, vanilla and coconut. Flavor is pretty dominated by the barrel aging. Some coffee, vanilla and coconut going on. Sticky and oily. Warmth. One dimensional.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured black with a thick, light brown head. Aroma contained notes of vanilla, whiskey like tones, grains, and roasted coffee. Smooth, big chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bourbon tones, but not overly bourbon. Dark, malted grains towards the end, with a slight alcohol appearance.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coconut, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some tea leaves, and light tobacco.
Christian (11276) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a small tan head. Big chocolate aroma with coconuts from the bourbon oak, and a fruity hint of apples. Rich chocolate flavour with oak and bourbon. The alcohol feels a little raw and aggressive
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, wood, slight bourbon, tobacco, slight dark ripe fruits, slight burnt caramel, slight chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Poured black in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Perfect lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, tobacco, oak, light Bourbon, slight chocolate, slight dark ripe fruit, and a hint of hops. Medium to full body. Viscous, coating texture. Soft to average carbonation. Tobacco, malt, oak, slight chocolate, slight vanilla, and slight Bourbon finish is coating and lasting. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.