jake65 (3236) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours a near black color, some big brown bubbles fade quickly leaving no head. At first sniff there is a rich sweetness to it… roast, dark chocolate, dark pitted fruit, light smoke, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, otherwise it might rival the likes of BCBS in my opinion… so close to being awesome. Still a very well done beer. The rich maltiness and dark chocolate have sort of faded a bit from the nose, but the bourbon barrel is still there and at a quite delicious level. Can’t wait to crack open a fresh bottle.
stevoj (3539) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage had at annual Black Friday event. This one smoothes out with age, with the barrel aging accents increasing to add emphasis to the solid RIS body. Heavy on the wood, elements of chocolate and roast grains, with tons of warmth from the ABV. have bottles from 2014 and 2015 to sample at a later date.
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a thin brown head. Molasses and bourbon barrel nose. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, wet oak, burnt caramel, over ripe fruit, and molasses. This is a nice barrel addition to what seems a strong imperial stout.
Ferris (10570) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Holy boozy batman, but with a minute mellows a tad to dark chocolate, coconut and bourbon. Jet brown with a decent light brown head. Lots of chocolate, coconut and more boozy bourbon notes. The taste is actually much milder than the nose, thankfully. Sweet and pleasant.
Mora2000 (6134) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 vintage. Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt, chocolate and oak. The flavor is similar. I get the notes from the aroma plus some barrel aged characteristics including vanilla, maple and oak. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ Tasting ][ ? ][ Tulip ][ 05.31.15 ]
sepia, thin cream ring. Heavy pretzel and grain nose, light cocoa. Ultra sweet front palate, tootsie roll alongside, sticky sugary oat mid palate before sticky finish, light chocolate with tootsie hints.
nimbleprop (6883) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours an inky black with some ruby edges and some cloudy white head. Nose is cedary, sprucey, caramel, mild smoke, pepper, brown sugar. Flavor has more vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, cakey, chocolate. Spruce too. Full bodied, sticky finish.
Travlr (19553) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, dates. Taste has boozy roast, dark cocoa, raisins, plums. Very tasty.
GenDV138 (5083) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the DC Expanded Sour Tasting. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of roast, whiskey, chocolate, coffee. Tastes of roast, whiskey, caramel, booze, raisins. Medium body with a dry finish.
Errl (2438) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a tan head..Nose is vanilla, oak, sweet, roast, , ...Taste is barrel, oak, sweet, spice, sweet, maple