stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing molasses color and viscous pour. Big bubbly head that lingers and leaves great lacing patterns on the glass. Hot from the alcohol not from the barrel. Tastes of dark chocolate and rich coffee with a slight vanilla finish. Overall a great example.
ABT_S54 (145) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500cl (XVI) bottle shared in a Trappist glass. Pours black with a surprisingly whitish head (hence the slightly less than perfect score - I like a nice brown head) which persists admirably throughout the session. Aroma is pure Bourbon Barrel and reminiscent of Bourbon County (still my reference) which is high, high praise. Taste is extremely smooth and easy drinking which considering its ABV is unbelievable. Less complex than Bourbon County but so delicious that I just accept it for what it is rather than compare the two. Charred oak, smoke, bourbon, chocolate and malt combine in perfect proportion and tastes of pure Christmas to me. In fact I shall buy some more bottles for Christmas time and open when I fancy,
Truly worthy of its reputation and further proof that the American Imperial stouts are a force to be reckoned with.
jstonerock24 (118) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
XIV. Black as night pour. Very dark brown head. Aroma is of vanilla, chocolate, and hints of bourbon. Flavor is rich chocolate and cream with a slight bourbon finish. Amazing beer.
thomat (2035) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown with a small brown head. Malty and fruity tones. malt, fruit, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Full body with a nice wood / vanilla finish.
Jimsal27 (235) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a beige head that fades. Leaves nice lacing on glass. Taste and nose is bourbon, malt, chocolate and coffee. Very creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Excellent.
fluffy (1602) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a little hot but not too bad. definitely better than most barrel aged stouts out there.
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
snoworsummer (2082) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours almost black with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like bitter coffee, booze, raisins, smooth but bitter and slightly astringent. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet raisins, nutty, light bitterness, booze.
JHeath99 (913) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hop City. Pours deep dark opaque black with tan colored head. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, and oak. Aroma heavy on the oak and booze, hints of vanilla.
sonnycheeba (3498) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours opaque black with frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, vanilla, plums, dates, bourbon, oak, and light spice. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward, espresso, faint chocolate, bourbon, faint vanilla, and medium earthy bitterness; dry, oak finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
closey22 (868) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black thin lacy beige head; aroma is malty vanilla; Flava is rich malty vanilla and woody bourbony nice licoricy; feels medium decent fizzy foamy; finishes dryish malty licoricy