nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source:500 mL bottle from Friar Tucks in Illinois.
Glass:North Coast snifter.
Appearance:Black pour with a half finger of brown head.
Aroma:Heavy bourbon and vanilla notes.
Flavor:Heavy bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. The finish is dark bitter chocolate.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This was pretty hot for my taste, but still a great beer.
Cavie (4221) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old drowland sent this one. It’s seriously pointless to try and look through this. There is no light, period. You know, is it superfluous to place a dot after writing the word "period"? Shouldn’t that word fulfill the dot requirement? Giant brown head that doesn’t go away. Aroma has the bite of a sharp chocolate beer. Sweet and smooth. Doesn’t bite too harshly...more like a nibble. Soft chocolate taste, like the ease of milk chocolate. Reminds me of a milk chocolate Easter bunny. You know the kind you eat the ears off first? Yeah, that one. I remember waking up early on Easter so that I could search for eggs, and there was always 1 or 2 that mom would forget about that we would find in late July. And you always ate that candy anyways, you know you did! Finish is of a dark chocolate bitter. Great taste, could have a better aftertaste though. Has the burn of alcohol. Bad bunny.
asheft (2901) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very oaky vanilla aroma. Sweet and inviting. Oily thick black velvety appearance with a light brown, dense foam that lasts and laces the glass. Delicious velvety oaky vanilla flavour with tons of chocolate and some coffee. The oak flavour is strong and transcendent, but is offset by a gentle dryness and black malt bitterness. Not much hops character, but that’s no problem. Surprisingly, the body is not as full as others, medium to full, moderate carbonation, vanilla oak finish.
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2012 Bottle at Chris-Os Pre GBBF 09 tasting ... Deep black ... sweet roast malt nose... sweet toffee .. lots of roast malts ... caramel ... lots of toffee ... little bourbon
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... dark chocolate ... soft boubon ... mellow nose ... too heavy in bourbon ... lots of coconut ... dark malts ... light chocolate3.8
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep brown/black opaque body, thin to medium persistent ochre head. Nose of oak, bourbon, and rich, chocolaty, roasted malts. Silky body with great balance between bourbon and oak notes and the chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted characteristics of the imperial stout. Outstanding mouthfeel. Excellent.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XII. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is predominantly of coffee and vanilla. Flavor is sweet with mocha, vanilla, and a light touch of bourbon. Coffee flavors are amplified in the finish. Not as boozy as I expected. Very well rounded between the sweetness and the roast. Full body and bordering on sticky, but not distractingly. A very good beer in what is becoming a very boring style.
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle corked bottle. XII Pours a dark black cola with a medium brown head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, malts, black licorice and chocolate. Taste of creamy milk chocolate, malts, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Overpriced, but very enjoyable.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to ajm for sharing this one -- good gravy! Pours viscous black with a sugary brown head. Smells incredible -- brimming with bourbon, vanilla, and milk cocoa. Tastes of each with added notes of dates, oak, cream, and leather. Exceptionally balanced. I would do a lot more than star in a Klondike commercial to have this again.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Black with chocolate brown head. Somewhat translucent at edges. Smells of rye bread, toast, molasses, and a little bourbon. Taste is very much of Bourbon, rye. Very fun and tasty stout. Did not disappoint. I’ve had tastier, more drinkable stouts, but this stuff is good at the right time. I could imagine this growing on me very much if I had it often.
BeerandBlues2 (11829) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, XII. Pours opaque with a large, frothy dark brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, burnt grain, chocolate), average hop (flowers, perfume), heavy yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, oak, plum, raisin, dates, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity. This one is still quite hot; let it ride a year.