ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bottle - Pours a dk brown with a brown head...aroma is massive dry barrel, with cocoa and coffee components as well...flavour is dry as ash, typical Imp Stout flavours, with a charred wood bitterness and tart astringency that was a bit off...interesting beer to say the least...
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
aroma of coffee, roast, and wood, but thereís no sweetness to my nose, so Iím a little bit frightened. Tastes of coffee and wood with a big astringent/acidic sensation that Iíve come to expect from Pike. Medium bodied, and too watery for the beer its supposed to be. Bleh!
TheEpeeist (3050) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a big-bubbled tan head. Nose is coffee, Bakerís chocolate, toasted marshmallow and dusty oak. Medium body, a little fizzy. Taste is licorice, dark roast, chocolate pudding and pine. Bitter finish. Good brew.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and subtle bourbon. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, hops (light citrus), some bourbon, and caramel.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber courtesy of the bvc. Pour is deep black and brown with a pretty 2 inch dark tan head. Head is thick and lasting, leaving behind splotchy lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer. Aroma of roasted malt, honey sweetness, and a nice dash of earthy pine bitterness. Pleasant nose, just a bit Faint and soft. Taste is roasty malt, sharp honey sweetness, some tobacco, brief bitterness in the finish. Palate is medium, creamy, with lively carbonation and a clean crisp finish. Alcohol did not show until this beer hit nearly room temperature. Overall, a nice drinkable bigger stout. Thanks Brandon.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My thanks to Kelly for snagging one of these while up north. Pours black with a brown head of foam. Smells predominantly of malt with notes of cocoa and coffee. The flavor is nice and roasty with an element of cream and earthiness, which I assume is added by the barrel. Good stuff.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special thanks to unclejedi for sharing this one and allowing me to hop on the Barrel-aged Bandwagon.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body capped by a frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Fragrant nose of Pikeís XXXXX Stout served one final shot of bourbon and then buried alive, six feet under the ground in a simple wooden coffin.
Taste: Roasted malts with slight chocolate and coffee overtones and a restrained sweetness lead followed by 2x4 planks of oak and even white pine. Touch of anise spiced prunes. Thin sliver of lemon rind. Earthy, vaguely spicy hop character with resinous bitterness. Quarter jigger of bourbon. Given a chance to warm a bit, the flavors really start to come alive. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering wood flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that I canít help but find agreeable.
Drinkability: The drinkability factor is quite high, helped by the fact the alcohol was so well hidden. The XXXXX Stout made even better. Donít you want that?
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dr. McDonald of the NW Passage. Great work! Nose is light, creamy, sharp minerals, and a mild candy-orange sensation. Flavor is much the same with smooth DARK chocolate, rocky texture like a CO beer, and a sharp finish. Didnít taste much wood or vanilla. A very intense green-ness dominates this beer, thatís why the aged effects donít compute for me.
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 from 22 oz bottle. Restrained nose -- not much there. Still the same even after it warmed up a bit. Nice balance and very smooth. Couldnít really detect the wood on it. Bitter finish. Not too bad, but probably not quite worth the hype.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. i agree with bman1113vr about this suffering from the previous old stock cellar reserve brandy. pour was black with a copper head. aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood, and hops. flavor was chocolate, dark roasts, and hops. med and slick body with low carb.