theisti (3235) - 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 (1267) - 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 (4373) - 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 (1066) - 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.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a black with tan head, no light getting through this! Aroma of dark roast, some alcohol, faint wood. Flavor of rich dark roast, some sweetness, wood, nice roast bitter. Mouth feel is full body with low carbonation. Overall, good stuff!
jkwalking05 (3742) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of coffee, wood and roasted malts. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a light hint of grapefruit.
ilovedarkbeer (2286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Notes of fudge, bitter chocolate, citrus hops, medicine. Creamy thinner mouthfeel, and medium short finish.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. This beer might have suffered as the previous one in the line-up before it was North Coast Reserve Brandy. Pours with a light brown head over a black body. Aroma of coffee, lots of hops, chocolate, wood, and cinnamon. Taste is woody with chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops. Water like mouthfeel with light bubbles. Somewhat thin feeling for a Imperial Sout of this ABV.