carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black nutty oaty. brought back memories me of an angus steak beer. this would be a great pairing with red meat.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Swolf3. Poured the usual for the style, decent initial tan-choco colored head. Light chocolate, some acceptable oxidation, notes of wood with the vanilla notes only very faint and all bourbon-ness surprisingly and pleasantly in the distant distant background ( probably would have missed them entirely if I wasnt told they were in there). Thanks, Steve!
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2009 Bottle shared by wolf. Black in color, good head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, smoke and some chocolate. Taste was woody but in a good way. Also a nice smoke, light chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt taste. Very well balanced. A creamy soft texture with a low carbonation level. No trace of the 9.5 alcohol in there eithier. Solid beer, thanks wolf! ****Updat*** Just had another bottle shared by wolf-man 3008... This one was sour???? Definetly some brett yeast in there. Interesting take on a stout.. The roasted malts, chocolate and sourness kind of counter balanced each other... Wierd in a good way
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a nice tan head. Roasted malts, some chocolate sweetness and a light amount of vanilla. Dont get a lot of barrel in the aroma. But once the flavor commences I get a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood and dry roasted malts. Light burnt malts and some underlying sweetness too. Light carbonation with a smooth creamy body.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a jet brown with a small head. Aromas of smoked meat and wood. Flavors of smoked meat, wood, vanilla, and dark booze.Very silky and highly impressive.
dsagoas (9) - , Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great bourbon aroma. Exactly what I was looking for. Dark black, and maintained its head well. Beautiful bourbon vanilla flavor matched well the chocolaty roasty stout. On the palate, there was a little too much alcohol bite to get a 5, but still smooth enough to get a 4. Overall, one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I have had.
damjadi (4) - Kaiserslautern, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice firm head with earthy/chocolaty aromas. Warm and woody flavors with the chocolate/bourbon notes caressing the tongue over a nice malt backbone. Wonderful mouthfeel and a smooth finish. An instant classic!
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Wood festival. subtle flavors compared to my other samplings of the night. coffee, spicy oak, i got nice fig flavors. improves as it warms. completely exceeded my high expectations. brilliant.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<b>Bottle</b>: Pitch black, large rocky beige head, clumpy lacing. † Big woody nose, definite Bourbon, seems dry and chalky. †
Charred wood and roasted malts also make an appearance. † Certainly woody on the tongue, some Bourbon but not that heavy. †
Unfortunately this one is rather thin. † I was expecting much more in terms of body. † Has somewhat of a sour aspect to it. † it
sure does remind me of XXXXX Stout but with more Bourbon and less chalkiness/dryness. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin. †
For a 9.5% Imperial Stout it is really soft. † Flavorful, but that malt backing isnít there. † This beer would be so much more had it
been much more maltier. † I also wished it wasnít so sour, well at least had it not had such a strong sour aspect. † It is unique,
one of a kind from Pike, but the lack of malts, thicker body, and sweetness really are missed. † Had potential, but just didnít round out
to a memorable barrel aged Imperial Stout. † This one *really* needed to be meatier, no doubt about it. † Entertaining, but not a
competitor in the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout category.