ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz, black waxed bomber, courtesy of a generous SC/NC trader on BA. pretty excited to try this one, actually. pours a deep, rich, oily black with a soft, one-finger, dark mocha head leaving beautiful, oily legs and drips of lace. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of dark chocolate, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and rich oak backed by beautifully subtle notes of PvW bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit tannins, and honey with just hints of expresso and vanilla as it warms. flavor is superb as well with the smooth, rich, subtle spice and wood notes of the bourbon barrels adding a perfect background to rich, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and coffee with hints of cedar wood, vanilla, earth, and sticky molasses on the back end. palate is perfectly smooth and silky with light carbonation and a richness found in only the best BA stouts out there with a subtle, smokey, spicy twist on the swallow that leaves just a whisper of bourbon and dark chocolate on the finish. overall, i was not sure about all the hype surrounding this beer but it damn sure did a good job of living up to it. outstanding BA imperial stout.
JCB (3808) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Spence for sharing this one! If space and time did not curve back on themselves, there certainly was a moment when a stout-weary crew paused in appreciation of a superlative brew. Thick, rich, oily dark pour with a fairly thin but lasting head. The nose is just outrageous on this one, with a Pappy thatís so subtle and so prominent at the same time. Itís equally well integrated into an absolutely killer base stout. Thick creamy body, with just a kiss of booze on the palate. The flavors seem to pinwheel: muted and assertive, sweet and darkly roasted, molasses, maple, bourbon, and coffee. Really very complex but balanced all the way. Glorious.
Maple, molasses, delish.
TheEpeeist (2821) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a slim brown head. Nose is fudge brownie, oak and bourbon. Didnít pick up and hops. Full body with a zesty tingle. Taste is licorice, honey and dark chocolate balanced by earthy, grassy hops and French roast. Mellow finish with bourbon. Good one.
BMan1113VR (7382) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by womencantsail (thanks). Pours with a small tan head over a deep black body. Glass coating. Aromas of light oak, wood, tannin, chocolate, spice, alcohol heat, and light pencil shavings. Delicate wood character. Flavors of bourbon, cocoa, oak, wood, tannic, and chocolate. Possibly a bit thin, medium bubbles. Well done.
womencantsail (6902) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is thick and black with a finger or so of brown head.
S: Rich bourbon and vanilla aromas that are just smooth as can be. A moderate roasted malt character with plenty of smooth chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. Quite a bit of caramel and molasses as well. Really quite decadent.
T: Plenty of rich, smooth vanilla and bourbon flavor to it as well. Dark and milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, and molasses provide some nice sweetness and there is just a modest amount of roasted malt.
M: Medium to full in body with a creamy and smooth carbonation.
O: Very pleased to have tried this beer. Fantastic stuff. In retrospect, I should have shared less and hoarded more.
msante79 (2127) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial Stout rating #100. On tap at Macís Speed Shop. Pours black with the most beautiful tan brown head. One of the best looking stouts I have ever seen. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, barrel, roasted malts, molasses, and a bit of hops. Flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla sweetness, caramel, and some hops. Beautifully barrel aged beer. Reminds me of BCS a little. Awesome beer.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to an ever generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Nothing like a great impy stout to cure the chills. Served in my Savor snifter.
Pours a deep, dark black color with a thin mocha cap and a slight collar around the edges. The nose is an explosion with fantastic notes of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, roast, and a tiny bit of char. The dark chocolate and espresso come together splendidly to create and nice slightly-charred cherry character.
The taste picks up right where the nose left off and is buoyed even more by the excellent mouthfeel, which is thick and really lifts the flavors of this one. Love the espresso notes coming out of this. Full and thick feel coats my mouth and finishes smoothly with just a bit of slight booze, which was welcome on this cold morning. Drinkability is quite good as well. Iíve been nothing but impressed with Olde Hickory thus far and Iíd love to try some more things from them.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-16-2010
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Swing top growler courtesy of Spencer! Thanks! Dark pour with a thin an head. Aroma is roasty with loads of PVW coming through. Nice oaky tannins, hop presence, barrel character and balance and complexity.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled poured into my Narke tulip... A black body with faint notes of brown on the edges. The head is medium tan and rises about two full fingers before falling to a full finger cap. It fades quickly but decent lacing makes up for it... The aroma is exceedingly malty and sweet. Whopper malt, molasses, honey. Smells great, but it shouldnít smell like this, smells like a bw... The taste just isnít as successful, its very muted, lots of the sweetness of the nose is gone, and it brings out more roasty, bourbon, oak finish which is not present at all on the nose.
durhambeer (2398) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wait, did you name your beer after a 1997 Sam Neill/Larry Fishburne movie? Yeah, yeah you did. Okay then, letís do this. Pours thick black with light/medium brown head. Still a nice presentation and carbonation for this handbottle (thanks, Spence!). Looks good, but Iím still dubious because Olde Rabbitís Foot was too sweet for me... but... smells freaking great. Lots of roasty chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a little oak, and sweet malts... yum. Will the taste offer too much honey or too much barrel, though? Nope. The barrel isnít overpowering at all, and the base beer isnít too sweet. This is a well-balanced, lovely stout. Believe the hype.