Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold wax dipped bottle. Pours a dense, virtually black color with a thick head of light brown foam. The head settles slowly to a lasting blanket, leaving behind dense, drippy splotches that run down the glass, traces of their outline drying hard. The nose is really well structured, though quite sweet, leaning heavily towards crème brûlée, complete with the scorched sugar glaze, along with malted chocolate, and smooth, unobtrusive, vanilla-forward bourbon. There’s not much in terms of balancing roast, as this one is more about caramelized sugars. Flavors largely follow suit, again suggesting of milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla pudding, and burnt sugars. There is a soft touch of roasted grain, which does a decent job of keeping things from going overly saccharine. The palate is a high point, displaying a smooth, creamy, whipped consistency with a nice weight and viscosity to it. Despite the generally sweet character, there’s very little in the way of sticky sugars on the finish, a trait few imperial stouts can claim these days. Very good brew. Exceeded expectations for sure.
CLevar (373) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to taster. At Levi’s. From notes. (Thanks Dalzale) This one didn’t really do it for me. I could see a great beer peeking through, but the carbonation simply was too much. Pours with a HUGE somewhat chunky head, with medium lacing. Aroma is some bourbon, lots of booze propelled by the bubbles that just keeps coming. Taste is more of the same, with some coffee and chocolate mixed in. Mouthfeel...arg! I couldn’t get a full sip, as my mouth filled with bubbles at the first drop on my tongue.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite the gushed as I remove the wax. Quite a bit of head and tan lacing. Dark, dark brown. Smell is bourbon and a good amount of oak. Hints of coconut. Taste is similar though quite muted. Surprisingly little taste for a barrel aged stout. Mouthfelel is fairly thin with a lot of carbonation. Drinkable, but not because I want to. Somewhat disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-19-2010
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown / black with a big tan head. Nose held vanilla and bourbon notes along with some bitter sweet chocolate. Lightly acidic on the palate but pretty tasty overall.
dmac (3166) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wax topped bottle shared at the BA gathering. Poured a pitch black body with a super long lasting beige head. Aroma is fantastic with noes of vailla, bourbon, oak and chocolate pudding.The body is a little thinner then I was expecting being only a medium density compared to the pitch black body along with softer carbontion. The flavor is great but just a bit boozy and burnt compared to the aroma, notes of bourbon, chocolate, tar and burnt toast. Really nice stuff, just wish I had a whole bottle for myself.
boFNjackson (3574) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a thick, frothy, light brown head. Very chalky, with lots of roast. Oak, brown sugar, not as much vanilla you’d expect from bourbon barrel aging. A good toffee and caramel, toasty sweetness too.
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours an opaque black body with a thick brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, vinous, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and retained mint. Flavor of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, nuts, and dark fruit with a dry finish.
sebletitje (5416) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bouteille partagée avec Greg
brun foncé, col moka.
arôme, beaucoup de notes de bourbon, malt grille.
goût, pétillante, bien grillée et torréfie, aspect fut de bourbon est léger mais donne un aspect agréable au palais et une note de pomme au palais sec.
kbutler1 (1259) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours fairly black color with a tan 2 finger head. The bourbon aromas are the first thing that hits me as I take a smell followed by dark roast notes and vanilla. As I take my first sip I soon realize the mouthfeel to me is just too light. I don’t think these bottles are infected but just that the carbonation level is fairly high for this style and really takes away from the beer. The tastes I get are the bourbon, oak, earthy, vanilla, and dark roast. Really the flavor I like but I just can’t get passed the carbonation. Too bad.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 500 ml bottle (gold wax) and shared by DalzAle. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick and rocky tan head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt, fruity apple/pear, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of chocolate malt, bourbon with some noticeable apple and vanilla. Finish is dry with mostly a dark malt aftertaste with just a hint of bourbon.