ryecatcher (927) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. 2014 vintage -- and it says 11% ABV on the label BTW. Poured (fittingly) into my Game of Thrones snifter with the Targaryen 3-headed dragon sigil on it... yeah, Iím that guy. Looks a stouty brownish-black, medium tan head, decent retention and so-so lacing. Nose is barrel, brown sugar, dried fruit (dates and raisins in particular), vanilla, cocoa, touch metallic. Mouth is medium sweet, cocoa, dark roast, soot, dried fruit, booze, medium soft carbonation. Not BCS or Black Note... but for $7.99 at The Jewel, not a bad little BA stout.
bennetporter (209) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown from a bottle, aroma is of oak, slight coffee. Flavor is a slight smoky, dark roasted coffee with vanilla notes. Good but not overpowering alcohol burn. Very good beer.
asheft (2654) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vanilla, butterscotch, and oaky ethanol aroma with faint coffee with milk. Opaque black with clear, ruby highlights. Sweet, bourbon-like flavour, with tongue numbing licorice and faint fudge browney accents. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, sweet finish.
nielsedd (79) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I certainly like it, but itís not quite in the elite of the imperial stout class. Too much vanilla (which isnít my thing). Would probably age great but patience isnít my thing either. I like the bourbon and dark fruit, just not the vanilla.
Gluepot (104) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A soft, thick tan head on a standard near black body. Nose starts with a bourbon booziness, underpinned by Chocolate, cherries and a hint of vanilla. Taste profile is smooth creamy and complex. Bourbon, milk chocolate, ripe cherries, rich berries, molasses and roasted caramel malts are all present. There is an oaky element as well and at least ample sweetness. Expected a larger, higher impact taste profile for 11% ABV, but a very tasty Imperial stout nonetheless
The_Osprey (2757) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 10%. Black, small ring of off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, cookies, background paint. Body is medium, slighlty foamy, low carbonation. Taste is soft liquorice malts, tangy raisin and cherry, some coffee, alcohol, a little drying but not really bitter at all. Decent stout.
scarletfire65 (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of plum, dried cherries, chocolate, prune, vanilla, oxidation. Drinks with a medium body and very creamy mouthfeel. Moderately sweet upfront, light oak, heavy vanilla, butterscotch, oxidation, smoke, chocolate. Modestly hopped, which allows for a long,mellow, complex finish with bourbon and vanilla and chocolate flavors developing. Lovely.
drjay44 (2853) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. 2014 Vintage, 11% ABV. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear blackish brown body.....nose is molasses, tobacco, bourbon, dried fruits including plum, raisin, cocoa, chocolate, balance heavily to the malts......taste is moderately sweet with molasses, brown sugar note, dried fruits with plum, raisin, cocoa, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, light hop bitterness, balance to the malts and barrel.....mouth feel, medium body, high alcohol warmth, sticky, creamy carbonation. This is a rich, delightfully complex beer. Body is remarkably light and it might need a smidgen of wheat, oats or flaked barley in the malt bill. It is quite sweet, and could perhaps use a bit more hop contribution to help balance back the heavy hearty malts. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
tillmac62 (354) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage. Pours almost jet black. Good head volume, excellent retention and lacing.
Rich nose of bourbon (which becomes more pronounced as temperature increases) plus sweet and dark chocolate dominate. Underneath is a light roast, subtle caramel sweetness and notes of vanilla and oak.
Light full body with a nice creamy texture that also has a bit of oiliness to it. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is quite intense, very complex but poorly balanced. Bourbon dominates throughout, resulting in the complex flavors being reduced to subservient roles. It begins with a rush of bourbon that slowly allows a sweet caramel and chocolate to emerge. Towards the middle, a mild roast bitterness comes forward against a slight bite of tannic oak. The middle produces a very nice vanilla note. The finish is dominated by alcohol, with notes of bourbon flavor, and the associated burn at the back of the throat. As these subside, a sweet note of vanilla and oak linger with caramel characteristics. Considering this is 11% ABV, theyíve done a fair job of covering it. The main drawback is that the amazing complexity is never allowed to truly emerge.
ametras (614) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Flavors are dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, marshmallows, coconut, roasted malts and a slight touch of bourbon with nutty and oaky notes. Subtle but cohesive barrel characteristics. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.