bluejacket74 (1275) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage, 500 ml gold wax dipped bottle (label says 12 ounces?), big thanks to jgasparine for trading this bottle! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very sweet and malty, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also a good amount of roasty and bitter flavors noticable. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, oak, bourbon and a bit of vanilla. Finish is nice and roasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has very high but soft carbonation. The high carbonation does make this a little hard to drink, even though it does settle down some after a while. I think itís a good brew, but my only complaint about it is the high carbonation which hurts the beerís drinkability and overall score. With that being said Iím glad I got to try this one, thanks again John!
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from a 500 ml bottle at a BA tasting. Pours dark brown/black with a huge tan head. The nose was roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate with a hefty dose of alcohol, The flavor has dark fruits, roasted malt, some acidity, dark chocolate,with mild bourbon notes. This one was a bit of a mess. i think I like the regular version better. Considering the hype, this would be a disappointment.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml brown bottle. Almost looks like it came off a pirate ship. Pours a thick black with an ever expanding head that seems to morph with life. The way this head moves around is quite odd. The aroma at first has whiskey with plenty of roast and smoke. The taste has whiskey barrel character with roast and smoke. The palate is thin and has a very high amount of carbonation. i canít say this is the best barrel treatment but not bad.
wedgie9 (1836) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 5/29/11 from a 500mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a completely opaque dark brown with a massive light brown head that slowly recedes to a thin blanket of lace, not expected from a barrel aged stout. The nose is milk chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon oak, a hint of maple, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor is a bit hard to detect, due to the extremely massive amount of carbonation, but here it goes. Bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, maple, and some coffee bitterness. The body is, once again, nearly impossible to tell due to the humongous carbonation with a long bitter coffee and tannic finish. I think that there is a possibility of infection in this beer due to the high level of carbonation.
SrSilligoose (3222) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with big ups to phaleslu. Somewhat intoxicated by the time this was consumed. Notes of chalky cocoa and watered bourbon chocolate. A bit dried out. Touch of figs. The great dark fruit and molasses character I loved in the original was a bit masked by the barrel. Okay, but original better.
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold wax-dipped bottle via trade with VikingHammer- thanks a ton, Brad! Pours a deep, murky, dark brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bakerís chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, toastyed brown sugar, a bit of bourbon, and some unusual fruity note. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted brown sugar, bourbon, oak, apples, and grapes. Iím wondering based on these minor fruity notes in here if this isnít a bit infected. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and high soft carbonation. Not bad, and interesting, but a far cry from the regular Imperial Stout Trooper.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another tasting with Agent zero. 375ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Dark black with tons of carbonation. At least four fingers of light tan head, decent retention, good lacing...The aroma is light and really sweet coffee, its really nice, but no wood at all. Canít believe this is ba...The taste is really boring, it starts off light coffee but thatís about it. No ba quality at all...Too carbonated, super bubbly on the tongue, distracting.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A straightforward moderately bourbonny imperial stout.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed when approximately 8 months of age (8 months after first rating) . Bottle sent to me by rgtravers, thanks a lot Ryan.
The look: Black body topped by an initially large tan head with low retention
In long: First of all the gold-wax was a bitch to remove. Now on to the beer. Nose is moderately bourbony, some chocolate cake and some vanilla extract. Taste has burnt malts, Nutellaô, milk chocolate, some bourbon barrels. The beer tasted very roasted for a Bourbon Barrel aged impy stout. Usually the BA impy stouts lose their roastiness and dryness but not this one. This is nice but what this beer lacked was complexity Carbonation of my bottle was excessive and prevented any subtle flavors from reaching my taste buds. Very rare but worth hunting down in my opinion. Overall, this was a nice imperial stout but there was nothing special about it. The only thing really noteworthy about this beer is how hard it was to open with extra- thick gold waxed top. I pulled a muscle opening this beer. Ok, Iím probably out of shape but I havenít found a gym with an bottle opening exercises machine.
jtclockwork (7974) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black. Coffee brown head. Nose of roast cocoa, chocolate malt, burnt coffee and vanilla. Boozy. Taste is very boozy - a bit of a mess, cocoa powder, dried coffee grounds, vanilla and lots of booze.
nimbleprop (4596) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a frothy, tan head. Smells like raisins, oak, vanilla, chocolate. The mouthfeel is crushed by the super heavy carbonation and it every takes away from the flavor a bit. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, wood, malty, toasted bread. Medium bodied, oaky finish. Infected? Maybe. Either way, needs a ton of time for that carbonation to fade.