asheft (2989) - 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 thatís no problem. Surprisingly, the body is not as full as others, medium to full, moderate carbonation, vanilla oak finish.
cgarvieuk (21834) - 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 (3192) - 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 (2565) - 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 (1008) - 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. Iíve 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 (12189) - 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.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich black with a super thick ultra foamy head. Nose is big on bourbon and dark chocolate, notes of molasses and wood. Flavor is super smooth bourbon and dark rich chocolate. Everything is balanced the bourbon recedes and allows the malt to come out and play. Smooth roasty finish much less aggressive than the regular raspy. This is a case of the barrel really smoothing out the imperfections in the base beer. Terrific.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a thick rich black color with a thin dark tan head. Aroma was phenomenal, dark chocolate a little coffee, some definite oakiness with vanilla bourbon. . . smelled like heaven. Flavor was just as amazing. All the same notes as the aroma combined with a silky smooth mouthfeel and not even a hint of bitterness. This beer was amazing.