brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Boring appearance, lighter than III. Way more barrel character than Hellshire III. Kinda astringent; burns on its way down. Hoppy too. Meh.
nimbleprop (4543) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz pour at Jack Rose DC. Pours a clear, deep amber with some lacing white head. Nose of cherry, raisin, booze, some red grape, vanilla, wood pulp, a little nail polish. Flavors of caramel, booze, rootbeer, vanilla, brown sugar, sour mash whiskey. Lightly boozy finish.
radagast83 (4417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jack Rose. Poured a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma was some wood, with notes of nice malt, bourbon. Flavor was heavy bourbon, with some light tart vinous notes, roasted notes. Alcohol is there, but it’s hidden a bit.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Waxed bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, oak, dried fruit, toffee and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, toffee, dried fruit and light oak with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
jandd1983 (2468) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, vanilla and some bourbon. The taste was of chocolate, vanilla, wood with some bourbon and was medium bodied, with a nice finish. Very nice.
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Some spice, chocolate, roasted, bourbon and oak. Aromas are dark and barrel influenced.
Strykzone (4782) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at dld. Dark brown opaque. Delicious fruit tasted first. Barleywine like. Bold beer. Bourbon, vanilla, wood. Tasty stuff and then some.
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Imperial. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. A nice hot woody nose with brandy. The flavor is big sweet bourbon, oak, some sweet vinous brandy, red wine, heat, I think it is a bit of a hot mess, but it’s good. Very dry with loads of tannins.
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish red pour with lacing tan head, aroma has vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight cocoa into a bit of earth, lots of caramel, toffee, sweet sugars, slight spice, pretty simple. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight vinous, brandy notes into earth, grass, hints of grain, spice, finishing fairly sweet.
GothGargoyle (1112) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, hint of bourbon. Medium-full bodied, sweet on the palate, slightly astringent finish. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, hint of soy sauce. Nice.