herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Jet black. Tan head. Aroma really carries the bourbon. Similar to the bolshevik bastard, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Smooth and rich. Complex and nicely balanced. Slight sweetness with a bourbon bitter finish. Really enjoyed.
beerplace (910) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Alex’s (thx, Brian!). 750ml bottle. Vintage 2015. Pours an opaque almost black with a brown head. Aroma is slightly boozy, fruity, bourbon, roasted malt, barrel notes. Taste is pretty the same with bourbon, chocolate and leather notes. Good stuff.
Subliminal64 (104) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle bought 8 months prior. Smells very sweet and almost choc lately. Has a distinct smell that I can’t place. Pours a dark black. No light penetrates. Brown head that disappears quickly. Taste is very sweet, chocolatey, and hints of bourbon. You know this is a boozy beer. Good amount of carbonate. Although it does hit the mouth like a sour ale. Aftertaste is present. Not overpowering, but not what I wanted. Overall I was not disappointed, but I wasn’t "wowed" either. I will cellar this next one for a while. Let the yeast get at the sugars.MB. The Beer Bear On
Clarkdvm (456) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in Toronto. Pitch black. Wonderful bourbon aged coffee aroma. Taste is over the top with bourbon though. Strong alcohol is noted. Honestly takes like a Jack Daniel’s beverage
JStax (5463) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample. The beer is a thick black like used motor oil. Khaki head of foam. The aroma has a strong bourbon and dark chocolate profile. Some red wine notes as well. Big boozy character. Thick mouthfeel. Very nice.
Whatup14 (1654) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 750ml, gracieuseté de msjpearson, Thanks Mike! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka foncée fuyante laissant un anneau sur les parois du verre ainsi qu’une mince dentelle. Arôme boisé, chocolat noir, Bourbon, malt torréfié, un peu cendré. Goût de malt torréfié, Bourbon, boisé, chocolat noir, alcool, sucré. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen-dense.
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, and molasses; with lighter notes of smoke, char, licorice, and dark fruit; with roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Light booziness appears as it warms. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, and molasses; with lighter notes of smoke, char, licorice, and dark fruit; with roast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, coconut, bourbon, toasted oak, molasses, and roast/oak earthiness on the finis hfor a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with great roasted bitter/sweet and oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness for roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spice as well. light carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, crea,y/silky, and lightly slick/chalky moutthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering all around.
ChadPoole (314) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark milky brown with a tan head. Has a good strong bourbon aroma. A full bodied beer with tastes of oak bourbon, coffee, dark fruits and a slight bitter dark chocolate. A great beer to share with friends.
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed this one at Doug’s house on March 30 as part of an IPA tasting that spiraled out. 750 mL waxed bottle. I like how this one tells you how to open a waxed bottle. How nice. The pour is a lighter black with a bit creamy off white head that recedes fairly quickly. There is a big bourbon on the nose. There is also a ton of wet barrel. There is a little dark roasted malt and some light chocolate influences. None of the vanilla I was hoping for, and aside from the wet wood, you wouldn’t know it was barrel aged. The flavors are just off. There is a strong bourbon and wet woodiness. The malts almost disappear, and just a bitterness hangs around. The mouth feel is incredibly thin. There is a sharper carbonation and a lingeringly wet wood finish. I just don’t care for this at all. Ugh.
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of toasted malts, coffee, and bourbon oak. Flavor is mostly the bourbon oak with some roasted malts and coffee. A hint of warming on the finish.
Sledutah (7063) - Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to SS 2015
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, leather, coconut and woody. Taste of dark malts, leather, woody and whiskey