50belair (2806) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Tony. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Chocolate and caramel aromas. Taste follow suit with dark roasted malt and oak highlights. Good body and mouthfeel.
cards04 (2119) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Simply a sensational barrel aged beer. Pours a beautiful ink black with thick chocolate head. Aromas are big sweet bourbon, molasses, honey, and vanilla. Beautifully sweet and balanced. Sweet bourbon, oak, honey, vanilla, and mild heat from the alcohol. Awesome stuff.
DuffMan (7577) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from b3shine from a couple of trades ago (18 months maybe?), and saved for a special occasion: opened on my 44th birthday, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Viscous near black with an unhurried brown head of fine bubbles. Rich fudgey chocolate and sweet bourbon aroma, undertones of fresh ground coffee. Richly and intensely flavoured, fudge brownies, sweet bourbon, oaky vanilla, sponge toffee, soy. Full bodied but very drinkable, with no sign of the 8.5% ABV. Just fantastic! Thanks Beau!
tillmac62 (364) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOD 12/18/14. Pours almost pitch black. Normal head volume and retention for barrel aged, excellent lacing.
Nice rich nose of bourbon and heavy notes of oak and bitter dark chocolate over a light caramel coupled with plum.
Rich full body with a creamy texture that has an oily component as well. Light carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is borderline World Class. It is intense, extremely complex and one of the most balanced BA imperial stouts I’ve encountered. It’s only shortcoming, which is slight, is the lack of total alcohol coverage. It begins with a bourbon slap that quickly yields to a rich semi-sweet rush of chocolate. The middle is a light bitterness over a fading chocolate that allows the astringent alcohol flavor to manifest itself over a coffee note. As this fades into the finish, light plum notes appear over a sweet vanilla and bourbon background. The finish is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol heat.
ben4321 (4490) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Brusin Ales, 1/28/15
Aroma: The aroma is heavy bourbon, some wood, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of coffee
Appearance: It pours a thick, dark brown-black color without much head, and with light, streaky lace
Flavor: The flavor of this one is bourbon barrel first and foremost, with the malty flavors (chocolate, coffee, etc.) coming through more subtly and later on, there’s a light bitterness on the close
Palate: This one has a thick, creamy mouthfeel, it is fairly heavy, had an average carbonation, and it has a boozyiness to it that makes it feel well over 8.5%, and a somewhat dry finish
This one is pretty good, I mean bourbon impy stouts are always good, but it just feels like an average example of a beer everyone makes. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but it has to be better than this to really stand out in this style in my opinion.
andrew_drinks (233) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from trade - cheers Blazay. Bottled 17th Dec 2014. Dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Light to medium carbonation. Thick and oily palate, very viscose. Burnt sugar and coffee cream initially, roasted hazelnuts, sweet service-station coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes sweet and sugary, with lots of cocoa. Very rich and a bit too sweet but still enjoyable.
theMuscle76 (4) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured inky black with a deep brown head. Aroma is of bourbon and slight chocolate. Taste is heavy malt, alcohol, chocolate, oak wood and honey finish. Carbonated enough to please the palate. Top 5 in my book for stouts and top 10 in overall beera.
GRM (3217) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, slight lacing; nose: woody, bourbon, roasted barley, coffee, alcohol, slight chocolate; mouth: woody, bourbon, roasted barley, coffee, alcohol, slight chocolate, hops, alcohol, finale in bourbon with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brun foncé, très légère dentelle; nez : boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, café, alcool, très léger chocolat; bouche : boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, café, alcool, très léger chocolat, houblon, alcool, finale en bourbon avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien
rumproasts (3576) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Black with small head. Huge malt with lots of roast. Light bourbon sweetness with a bit of oak.
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Chocolate, oakiness, caramel, and a trace of bourbon.