davey101 (734) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 2012 release, 375 ml bottle into a 668 tulip. Bottle #238/1400. Its worth noting the new style label omits the word "Trooper" and is labeled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout". This has been my longest want so I was ecstatic to get this beer. Thanks for the awesome beers Matt, Rob and company!
A - Pours a pitch black body. A two finger head of dark mocha head forms and fades away quickly leaving behind thin edging. A swirl produces some modest lacing with minimal retention but a fingers worth of head does come back to life. Great alcohol legs form and stay for a while. 4/5
S - Odd and unique, just as the standard IST is. Starts off with roasted malts and cola. Notes of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, fudge, leather and black pepper. Nice balance between savory and sweet. 9/10
T - Very roasty initially. Then comes some coconut and chocolate fudge. Finally the bourbon rounds it out. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. I swear there is a subtle touch of Dr. Pepper in here. Its not dark fruit or red wine....its just...something borderline fruity in the background. Noticeable alcohol burn on the finish but its very pleasant if youíre a fan of drinking bourbon. Not the most balanced or well integrated flavor profile, but I canít say Iíve tasted a beer like this. Delicious in all the wrong ways. 9/10
M - Medium to light bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is way too high and seems to just jumble around the all the flavors. Rather easy drinking despite the alcohol warmth. 3/5
O - A very different BA stout with some faults. The carbonation is way too high and does not work with the flavor profile at all. There is an underlying cola quality to the aroma and flavor. But through it all I love it! Well worth the wait and personal hype. 17/20 = 4.2 -------- 2013 release into a 668 tulip. #960/1400. Thanks Evan! Pours a deep dark black with a finger of khaki foam and decent lacing. S - Amazing notes of fudge brownie soaked in bourbon with a smooth oak, vanilla, and charred roast presence. 10/10 T - Again, bourbon soaked fudge brownie with some light roast and vanilla tannins. This is beyond smooth and the alcohol is so well hidden. Finishes clean with some lingering chocolate but its never syrupy or too much, This is honestly amazing. Very reminiscent of BBPT5 but with a touch more roast. I just canít over how smooth this beer is and how well integrated the bourbon is over the chocolate and roast of the base beer. Mouth feel is full and coating. O - What the hell NEBCO? 2012 was a good BA stout, but quite different with a sort of coke/dr. pepper thing going on, This is just ridiculous though. Genuinely world class.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz. bottle labeled New England Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, bourbon, creme egg, and mochachino. Pours deep brown black with a swirly thick brown head. The head lingers in a beautiful way. Taste is damn near perfect. Milk chocolate, toffee, bourbon, roast coffee, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Everything is balanced with a great sweet chocolate candy taste balancing out a roasted stout. I am very impressed with this one and will be seeking it out again.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to gn0sis for this gem! nice opaque brown pour, lively brown head much more so tells me thats its probably infected, but how infected? a touch, but its still better than the original version. the aroma is totally awesome, damn near a 10 with the level or marshmallowy goodness going on, but there is a touch of infection present if you look for it. the taste is great, with a slightly tart sour cherryish finish. its a damn good beer, infection or not. the question is, how long will it hold???
novice101 (308) - - MAR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the greatest beers ever. Pours like motor oil with a two finger brown/black head, smells of a shit ton of bourbon with a lot of vanilla and chocolate. Taste a lot like bourbon with some vanilla and coffee hints along with with it, there is some alcohol burn along with it.
daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black pour, very big tan head. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate, barrel goodness, roasted malt and maybe a slight coffee hint. Flavor has great bourbon, chocolate, toffee and a light bitter finish. Nice stuff!
Reynolds314 (2716) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice beer here it reminds me of a chocolate covered caramel. Really rich and flavorful with tons of caramel and some nice toastyness. I wouldnt say its roasty or has much dark fruit flavor but its very much a sweet flavorful treat. Great stuff.
jkwood04 (4442) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, a good amount chocolate, a little coffee and a little dark fruit, and some dough. Flavor the same. Smooth to thick texture. A really good beer.
JStax (3430) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick black with a beige head of foam. Bourbon and roast and vanilla beans come through in the aroma. Sweet and roasty taste. Thick mouthfeel.
MacBoost (1447) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml, 2013 vintage. Via trade extra. Pours a viscous black with a thin tan head. Heavy bourbon notes in the aroma, along with some round marshmallow, oak, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is very, very bourbon forward. Like, a shot of straight bourbon thrown into an imperial stout. This is the most bourbon focused bourbon barrel aged imperial stout Iíve ever tasted. Seriously boozy, but not hot. Alcohol is kept in check. So much marshmallow, vanilla, oak that it hides the base beer completely. Iím not going to say that this is a boozy mess, because it isnít. Itís just very bourbon focused, which apparently was the brewers intent. Any coffee, roast or hops take a back seat in this bus driven by Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Finish is straight bourbon, followed by more bourbon. And a touch of bourbon. Fucken awesome.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Bottle, Pours black with a beautiful, big tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel,molasses, and a hint of booze. Medium bodied. medium carbonation. Not very balanced. Need some age!!!