djd07 (2536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as shown shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a dark brown sith small tan head. The aroma is roast chocolate and oak. Medium mouthfeel with roast and oak. Easy to drink a very good Imperial stout from Olde Hickory.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 6/28/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Special thanks to readbaron for sharing this one.
In the glass, this is nearly black with dark red edges. There is no head, even with an aggressive pour.
Roasted malt with almost no burnt aroma, cocoa, sweet molasses, and some dark fruits, mostly fig and plum. Vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon mellow in the background of the nose.
The bourbon flavor pops right up front, but it is not too dominant. Although it starts out quite sweet with a molasses flavor, it dries out just a bit with the roasted malt. The dark fruits provide further depth to the full roasted malt and cocoa flavors. The finish stays mostly sweet, with a very smooth overall flavor.
This has a very full body, with a full stickiness to go along with it. A little dryness at the front of the sip lightens it out a little bit. Lightly carbonated, maybe undercarbonated a bit. Quite smooth. No real bourbon burn or booziness to speak of.
The flavors still havenít melted together seamlessly, which to me signifies that a little bit more time in the cellar will help out. Even so, this was smooth and delicious. Maybe due to the lighter than insane ABV, but it was not too boozy either.
Sledutah (3631) - Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during RBWG 2012
Black with a small tan head and some lacing. Roasted malts, chocolate, oak, coffee and vanilla. Nice.
beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Peter at STL RB gathering, thanks for this treat!! Pour is pretty much totally black with a thin ring of tan foam. Aroma is rich and smooth bourbon with notes of roasted malt, coffee, light coconut, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is so smooth and well-rounded with notes of smooth roasted malt, light brown sugar, faint tobacco, and notes of vanilla. Very rich and satin-like mouth feel (Iíve never eaten satin, but I imagine itís like this). This was a big hit at the tasting and deservedly so. Very good beer. So smooth and silky.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks rob. pours a thick oil black with minimal red/tan head. aroma of bourbon vanilla. taste is very bourbony with some smoke and vanilla. sweet and chewy
Errl (1105) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBWG tasting) Pour is black with very thin head...Nose is oak vanilla, coconut..Taste is oak,Vanilla, coconut, chocolate malts..Palate is thick but very easy drinking for its style, wow this was an amazing beer,
gehenherzog (1) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with a finger mocha head. Dissolves quickly but leaves tremendous lacing
Smell is of rich chocolate, bourbon and slight hint of coffee. Wonderful.
Taste is very creamy. Nice chocolate flavor. Nice toasted coconut flavor and very slight bourbon, oak wood flavor on the back end.
Thick but not too thick. Perfectly carbonated.
Dangerously drinkable. Poured a couple while I was at Duckworthís. Couldnít get enough of it. The alcohol is very well hidden even though itís not a "huge" beer.
This is my favorite beer and canít wait til itís released again at the end of the year. IF you havenít tried this beer, do whatever you can to try it. Itís worth the hype and some.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
3200th rating. 22 oz. bottle via BA trade. Most recent release, late 2011, I believe. Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no head. Big, rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak, roast, dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon that provides a little bit of warmth. The flavor hits all the same notes, with rich roasted malts, lightly charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, honey, and molasses. So rich and yet so well-balanced. Finishes roasty after starting more mellow. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty, smooth mouthfeel. Man, this was good. My "Best in Show" for the tasting at which I opened it.
jandd1983 (1907) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a black color with a small off-red head. The aroma was of dark fruits, raisins, wood, some brown sugar, molasses and a slight red apple oxidation. The taste was bourbon, some soft rich chocolate and cocoa butter. A very good Imperial Stout.
seymour (1258) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from cool wax-dipped bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, thanks phaleslu! Poured an opaque black color with moderate beige head. Everything you could want from an Imperial Stout. Malty, hoppy, fruity, tangy, roasty...100% true-to-style aromas and flavors plus the best aspects of bourbon barrel aging. High alcohol percentage was barely detectable, just warming and mellow. Harmonious and profoundly good.