MeadMe (1174) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: Pours dark black with a mocha colored head. Good retention and some chunky lace.
S: Roasty malt, caramel, and dark chocolate.
T: Wow sour... this one is infected. Beneath the infection you can still pick up dark malt, chocolate, and tart dark fruit.
M: Medium in body, the tartness from the infection is overthetop and as you can expect ruins the beer.
D: Nah, would love to rerate with a good bottle.
Crel (37) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet aroma that reminds me of bubblegum ice cream. Jet black with a long lasting head. There is too much foam. Extremely strong alcohol favour with flavors of oak and bourbon being prominent. The palate on this beer is terrible, it practically evaporates on the tongue because it is so overcarbonated. There is definitely something strange going on with this beer.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thick & heavy bourbon barrel delectable that gets better as it warms toward room temp. 2009 bomber with black wax seal. Oaked bourbon aroma with tons of roasty malts and a little bit of funk. Head is alive! Takes several minutes to subside, even with a careful pour. Taste is dry cherries, espresso coffee beans, Kentucky bourbon, beef jerkey, and dark dried fruits, all infused with peaty Scottish tea. Chewy with a dry mouthfeel on the finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber BCTC 2009. Pours a deep dark brown almost black - carbonation is a bit high- big lasting head. Aroma is roasty, bitter green grassy hops, with lots of oak and bourbon, drying crackery, cobwebby and caramelized oak and sweet molasses- bourbon. Flavor is honey sweet, roast, chocolate and very woody- oaked to hell, dries up the body and the high carbonation doesnít help that either- most of the licorice, toffee, tar, and roast and chocolate get lost in the bourbon and wood. Finish is a bit on the too dry side and almost has a gritty feel. Eh.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A vanilla and molasses orgy that is also moderately bourbonnny and very woody. Just Good
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when about one year of age. Sent to me by after4ever. Thanks a lot Tom
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose of molasses, beech wood and light smoky touch and a bit of bourbon. Taste is surprisingly more bourbonny than the aroma. Lots of vanilla, lots of molasses, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, caramel, some booze, dirty earthy wood, chocolate cake, some non-specific dark fruits. The medium body is a bit thin for 9.5% brew and with the sparse carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit slimy. Roasted level is as low as it gets for an impy stout. The wood character help to dry out the beer a bit but it still feel sweet. Good bad but I was hoping for more. I easily drank my bottle but all in all it is not worth the stiff $15 price tag. Iíve got another bottle of the fresh vintage so maybe Iíll change my mind with a fresh bottle. But right now this is just a ďgoodĒ beer that is not worth the high price tag and I donít like to throw my money way. Iím the type of guy who doesnít donít buy shampoo as long as real poo is still free.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2010 Pike Brewing Company--Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--9.50% ABV--60 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial. Wax sealed. Thin lace espresso head. No sediment. Opaque chocolate black ruby color. Roasted chocolate mild oak hop front. Creamy sweet rich bourbon oak roasted chocolate espresso smooth big Stout body. Balanced mild bitter hop bourbon EtOH hint mild hot end. Sampled 2/1/2009. $12.99 Each.
Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout--Brewer - Drew Cluley--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 9.50% ABV. 60 IBUís. (0.0 / 5.0) Stout--Imperial. Wax Sealed Bottle. Huge foamy mild lace tan head. Opaque dark black color. Fruity burnt oak foamy front. Fizzy mild sweet thin sour Stout body Rich infected sediment. Dry citrus sour end. BAD! DUMPED! Sampled 4/30/2010. $10.79 Each. Cellered under good storage conditions since purchase. Very dissappointing. One scary bottle left. 2008 was good.
Butters (3590) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Late entry from Noogfest High Five. Blackish pour with tan ring of head. Oakey, vanilla, woody. Okay, but didnít care for the finish.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the center, with a huge dark than head that never really reduces past 1/4". Great lacing. Nose is big and potent, much more bourbon evident now than when I first tried it 3-4 months ago. Great nose of bourbon, coconut, mocha, dark roast coffee, mild ashy smokiness, but the overall experience is one of toasty warmth, without going over into booziness, but it does walk a fine line there. In the mouth this beer is full and expansive, big tasty bourbon throughout, not as dominating (or as wonderful) as say a Bourbon County Stout, but a very nice example in the mouth nonetheless. Vanilla, coconut, licorice, roasty bitterness, mild coffee and chocolate, long finish. Very nice stout, one of the best (after Old Rasputin and Peche Mortel) sold in my neck of the woods.
VertBaconStrips (1953) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne like cap.. just endlessly flowing out of the bottle after attempting to pour my glass. it has a very dark brown cap, foamy with thick, fluffy rings and messy lacing. Excellent retention. Can I give this a í6í? Heavy dark roast on the nose, wet coffee filter, orange, ruby red grapefruit, light smoke, very interesting mix of stuff. The dark chocolate is there but it hides behind everything including the fruit. The entire time Iíve been finding cooked carrots. Colossal flavours. Underlying fruit, bakers chocolate, bitterness, pine. When you chew it out you can really enjoy the chocolate. Just read the label: 9.5%... serious? Not much complexity here, the bourbon aging is nice and adds some difference but itís not a big contributor. Too much carbonation especially early on. Gets much better later on but itís still foamy. Quite thick, ample bitterness and fading coffee strength aftertaste. The alcohol has come out and is very noticeable with one third left. Actually, it is almost too much now. This is a decent beer but I donít see getting this again... the XXXX Pike? Yea, thatís a gooder.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Irwin F. Fletcher, you choose. First pour produced an entire glass of foam. as did the 2nd. The bottle is oozing foam out the top like a japanese hooker volcano. smells pretty darn good though..like the inside of an oaked barrell prison with old black dude jerry curl greese and winos...lots of drunken winos...mad dog 20/20 on their breath. Taste is smooth and very vinious and woody, kind of like the woody iíve got right now after staring at the foaming bottle for the last 69 seconds. Smooth, oily mouthfeel with lots of soft but prickly carbonation. I really like thw wood accents here, like hanging out inside a log cabin next to a river of roasted stout...like that chocolate river in charlie & the chocolate factory, but filled with stout and not chocolate...im fat like that german augustis kid.