Cannile (15) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
XII. 500ml bottle. Poured a near-black opaque brown, displaying a tan creamy head. Aroma of mahogany, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel, and with a slight tinge of ethyl. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon sipping, this beauty boasts huge bourbon and vanilla, leading right into a warming roastiness, chocolate and caramel really standing out, while stretching out that vanilla-oak flavor at the mid-back of the tongue. Moderately sweet, definitely complimenting the "dessertiness" of this beer. Finishes moderately sweet and bitter with hints of dark fruit. Although incredibly delicious, this beer still tastes ..... young. Even after being aged in a Kentucky bourbon barrel for a year already. Most definitely a beer that will get better and mature with age. Cheers!!
deaconmike (392) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XVI. Poured into a snifter. Black with khaki head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Just smells SMOOTH. All these flavors come through in the taste along with some more prominent raisin/plum. Mostly sweet, just a touch of bitterness. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Very nice beer.
Bricktop86 (580) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is whiskey, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Taste follows nose.
GRM (3030) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 500 ml, XIV, from and with Stephen Morris (thank you!), savoured on July 5 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, burnt barley, light Madeira, lightly stale, ink, anise; mouth: roasted barley, burnt barley, light Madeira, lightly stale, ink, anise, resinous hops, finale in roasted barley with presence of ink, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, silky texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, XIV, de et avec Stephen Morris (thank you!), savourée le 5 juillet 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petite anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, léger madère, légèrement éventée, encre, anis; bouche : orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, léger madère, légèrement éventée, encre, anis, houblon résineux, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’encre, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, texture soyeuse; en résumé : bien
charule (1172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle XIV bought back in the day. Poured black with tan ring. Aroma of molasses alcohol. Light carb med bod. Boozy bitter choc. Reg is better
rollsrace (60) - - AUG 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial stout with decent bourbon flavor. It has more chocolate and less coffee than great lakes black out stout. It’s a little on the syrupy side. Tasted on 12/20/2013. Got it for $22 for 1 pint
ABT_S54 (168) - 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 (142) - 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 (2098) - 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 (253) - 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 (1728) - 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.