dphoxie (118) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
picked up this bottle at bestway after hearing much ado about it. i donít think it really lived up to the hype, but it was delicious.aroma is sweet, and the wood aging is evident. i even think i can smell the honey. taste is sweet as well, very light roast flavors. lots of bourbon vanilla and honey. the palate is super slick, and sort of light at the same time. overall it was very good, but i felt the sweetness was a little out of balance. i guess i was expecting more robust roast and hops. good beer, drink it if you find it.
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Triangle wine in Southern Pines, NC, at the low-low price of $17. Jet-black pour with a ruby ring, minimal carbonation. The oak and bourbon is overpowering in the aroma, leaving little for anything else. A hint of chocolate, tons of alcohol, bourbon infused with an oaky aftertaste. Some dryness in the finish. Itís quite good as long as youíre in a seriously high gravity mood. One of the strongest beers Iíve ever had. I think the 10% is more of an approximation, +/- another 10%.
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 2012. Smells boozy with subtle honey and some roasty malts. Less refined and hotter than the 1414 which was opened immediately prior. Still a well-balanced BA RIS that integrates the barrel well with the overall stout flavors. Regardless, it simply cannot hold a candle to the first batch (2010), which is a much more complete beer start to finish and significantly better overall.
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at busy bee. Wow. Amazing. Rich and creamy. Dark and amazing looking lacing. This is an amazingly rich beer. The bourbon is nice. I love it.
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DedicatedToFun (2124) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing beer ever! Dark chocolate even better than southern tier! So good chapel hill
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours an amost black color with very little head on it. Nose is strong, with a whiff of alcohol and a smell like itís been aged. Tastes fairly smooth, with a kick of bourbon. Some chocolate in there, too. Really interesting.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Nicks in trade. Aroma and flavor of bourbon, honey, and sweet chocolate malt. This one was really good. Excellent beer.
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DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1500 -- Tried this on tap at Gailís Hops and Grapes in Hickory - rating is bottle from the tap room. Oily black pour with a finger khaki head. Aroma is big sweet chocolate, caramel, boozy, roasted malt. Tastes are sweet and roasty malt, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, ashy wood, honey, light bourbon. Dries out nicely in the finish. Just a touch warm. Very well done.
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla oak, bourbon soaked dark fruits, roasted malt, dark roast coffee, fudgey chocolate notes and some honey nose. Flavor follows the nose with lots of bourbon, yet it is still quite balanced, I get roasted malt, fudgey chocolate and honey notes, vanilla, oak, coffee and bourbon soaked dark fruits. The body is full with a nice creamy mouth feel. Overall a great Imperial Stout! Thanks to Peter for sharing!
b3shine (5135) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber to oversized snifter (2011 vintage; thanks jmborggren). Looks good; pitch black with deep tan lacing. Smells good too; sweet malt, molasses, coffee, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with some honey flavor present. Good on the palate too. An excellent example of the style!