harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. A classic example of what is a world class beer ruined by this fad for barrel ageing everything to within an inch of its life. Too much soy sauce, decent choc, but not a patch on the original beer.
Svesse (7932) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) XI Anniversary. Black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with espresso, cocoa, liquorice, vanilla and a touch of oak wood. Malty, roasted taste with notes of espresso, cocoa, dark chocolate, liquorice, hints of wood and vanilla. Full body, almost oily texture. Fairly sweet. The subtle bourbon and wood character is nicely integrated into this lovely imperial stout. Complex beer in perfect balance. Absolutely lovely!
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woah, glad I picked this one up. 500 ml bottle. Shared with CaryTheDude. Black pour with tan head that lingers. Aroma of chocolate powder, bourbon and some dark fruits. Flavor is chocolate milk mix on top of bourbon, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is beautiful, like marshmallow fluff. Really standout beer, underrated.
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to somebody! This starts out a bit disturbing, pouring jet black with an enormous tan head. As I near the end, I tip the bottle up to make sure I get some goodness at the bottom, and get just a bit too much. It finishes the pour with a PLOP. I pay it not much attention at first, dwelling on the fine aromatics of dark fruit and chocolate followed by a touch of bourbon. So far so good. I take a sip and relish the beautiful mix of dark fruit, bourbon, chocolate, some coffee and a hint of port wine with a light astringency. I let it sit for a bit, and take another swig and the taste changes to a heavier concentration of chocolate and it misses the cheeks and heads right down the esophagus. A few more sips produce first dark fruit, and back to chocolate, but here is where it all goes a bit south. after walking away for a few, then returning, I notice a strange dark brown goo forming on the top of the head..This must be what the plop was....a bit too much goodness for me. I finish the glass, but Mr. Goo stays in the glass. Not a fan of that.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like a pepsi with a brown head, super dark and bubbly. Nose of bourbon, chocolate, and bourbon, smells like an imperial stout should. Tastes of coffee, cocolate, and bourbon. Very thin mouthfeel with a stinging carbonation. Burns on itís way down carbonation feels like it bits you all the way down your throat. Not bad North Coast, not bad ay all. OG Kush...og kush.
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fancy 1/2 L bottle... corked and caged. The cork gives way with a nice little puff. Iím a little impatient to know what this will be all about, so I take a whiff of the cork... itís nice. Lots of chocolate with a port and bourbon booziness to the nose so far. The pour is a thing of beauty... even with a slow pour and a tilted glass, a massive head slowly rises up. Itís a few fingers of dense tan foam with kind of a whipped cream surface. Closer inspection reveals that the cork gave away most of the aromas that this has to offer, but a deep inhale reveals a kind of creamy softness that helps things tie together as well as a pretty solid dark fruit presence. Up close, the fruit is more like prunes than port, but it does have a slight vinous quality to it. Iím starting to get a little excited. Flavor is exquisite. It has a very soft texture up front as the chocolate and coffee start to mingle with a creamy vanilla presence. Shortly after this, the dark fruit flavors begin to assert themselves only to give way to a warm and boozy finish that lingers long after each sip. This is darn good...
obguthr (5725) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, and oak. Cola colored, slightly viscous, with a medium tan head. Very bitter flavor of bourbon, prunes, and figs, dominated by the former. Dark chocolate, espresso, and oak finish. Alcohol content is magnified. Thinner mouthfeel than the unaged version. I may recant later, but I believe this will be my last bourbon barrel aged beer. I just really dislike the flavor of bourbon that much. IMVHO, this is yet another fine beer ruined by barrel aging.
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, generously provided by J Caulfield B, aka JCB, via a RB contest, thanks man!) Pours an opaque black with a medium dark tan head, that settles to a fine film after being poured into the mega-snifter. Further swirling revitalizes this head into a medium dark tan cap, and scattered lacing is left as well. Aroma leaves no doubt that this has been bourbon barrel aged, with scents of shredded coconut, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and peanut butter cups. Definite candy bar qualities here, with some Moundís accompanying the Reeseís. Further warming reveals some German chocolate cake, cherry, and light-roasted coffee. This would get a 10, but the ABV shows with further warming, and it does intrude upon the more desirable aromas, which yields an aroma reminiscent of tar. The flavor is similar (sans tar), with a lot of chocolate pudding, chocolate-covered raisins, vanilla, coffee, and coconut that rounds out to a light smoke and evenly roasted malt finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the nice finish makes up for this, and the carbonation is subdued. The high ABV never makes its presence known in the flavor. This is a very good imperial stout, and the barrel is superbly integrated. Thanks again Jason!
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just delicious, the bourbon notes are big here, but mix very nicely. I really enjoyed this, but the bottle might be a little spendy...
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the í09 RBPTE, courtesy of sonicdescent. Big malty nose with caramel, coffee and toffee, roasted malt, smoke, licorice, vanilla, and plum. Light hops. Dark black clear body with light brown creamy lacing head. Medium-thick bodied with medium carbonation with some alcoholic character. Huge sweet notes with an alcoholic abt heavyness to it. Flavorful and rich.