jeffreylee (17) - HHI, South Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fine beer meets fine bourbon barrels. Wonderfully rich and complex with delicious notes of bourbon and honey bunches of oats.
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 vintage 2012 pour opaque black with moderate tan head and purple accents. Nose raspberry, chocolate, raisin, prune. Taste chocolate covered raspberry, dark chocolate, moderate roast mid and late. Red fruit throughout and hint of booze/barrel. Pleasing brew.
umich03jm (3495) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle about a year old. Aroma is chocolate covered raspberries with some roast and burnt wood. Tastes moderately sweet but the roast counters that well. Chocolate syrup, overripe raspberries, light charred wood. Awesome beer.
DiarmaidBHK (4191) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bruisin' Ales. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Big raspberry and bourbon notes on the nose. Tart raspberries compete with boozy bourbon on the tongue. It's flavorful but I'm not sure the flavors complement each other very well on the tongue. Hides it's booze fairly well. Solid impy bourbon stout.
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chinchill (4271) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large shared bottle.
Thick, full body with medium-light carbonation.
Rich malty flavor with subtle but detectable raspberries; hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Faint coffee in the aftertaste.
ciocanelu (1329) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black color with creamy brown head. Aroma has bourbon, raspberries and roasted malts, absolutely well integrated. Taste starts with a nice raspberry note, toffee, slight coffee bitterness and really well integrated bourbon notes. Body is medium-heavy and the ideal amount of carbonation for the style. Beautiful beer overall. Perfect combination of fruit and imperial stout.
nearbeer (4881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottled 10/13/2015. Pours pitch black with a lasting creamy film of foam. Nose is rich with dark chocolate and vanilla. Some hints of soy sauce, oaked whiskey and berry. Flavor is sweet with chocolate, then some whiskey and raspberry. Oak and dry cocoa in the long finish. Heavy body has a smooth medium carbonation. Definitely a dessert beer and Iíd like it just a touch less sweet, but this one never gets overtly sticky and remains pretty drinkable.
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gifted bomber. To be honest, the sound of a raspberry, honey imperial doesnít sound great to me. The use of raspberry is in no way subtle in the beer, but it works in a way that makes sense and there are enough beer qualities to keep this from tasting like alco-pop. Rich raspberry aroma and flavor come through the roasty, chocolatey malt body. Bourbon barrel aging adds a pleasant oaky, vanilla flavor. Olde Hickory definitely achieved what they set out to make. Iím sure people go nuts over this one.
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma of malt, raisin, raspberry, blackberry and chocolate. Malty and chocolatey flavor with raspberry and raisin before roasty finish.
Angelmonster (188) - Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewing a 2014 bottle
Pours a pitch black body, head is espresso foam colored. Head retention was good and lacing was average.
Smell immediately transported me to the Colorado Convention Center during GABF. Idk why but I got a whiff of a used taster glass, and I mean it in the best possible way. Heavily roasted malt, bourbon, and sweet raspberry jam dominate the nose. Hops arenít present and alcohol scent is moderate.
Taste is very smooth and balanced. Charred malts, sweet raspberry and honey, and bourbon meld nicely together. Fruit isnít too sweet or medicinal tasting and alcohol isnít overpowering.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head stayed for awhile and added a nice texture to the beer. Wish it was a bit thicker overall.
Overall this was an outstanding fruit stout and one of the best raspberry beers iíve ever had. Well balanced between sweetness and bourbon but I think a tad more bourbon and a thicker body would have pushed this beer to world class status. Regardless, definitely looking forward to more of this, Olde Hickory really knows how to make imperial stouts.
P.s. Maybe next time I should drink it fresher to compare