Beachmaster (227) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 19, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a moderate medium brown head that slowly fades. Decent lacing. Nose is dark malt and vanilla and bourbon. Taste is bourbon, dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Very well balanced, with a smooth mouth feel. Delicious.
kevinator (1340) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man this was great. Nice roasted malt and bourbon aromas. Pitch black color with a fine tan head. Great palate with weight but not too heavy. Smooth. Fantastic blending of the outmeal roasted flavors with coffee and chocolate and charred wood. Just enough hops to pull it out of malt overload. The bourbon enhanced the flavors, not overpowered them. A great compliment. If you find it, grab it.
Bricktop86 (631) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2013 I was very excited to find this and try it. Pours almost black with a very small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is medium bitter and sweet with some coffee acidity. Some bourbon in the flavor as well but not overpowering.
Brentv (477) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the bottle, poured opaque black with thin beige head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Big rich flavor with a string chocolate presence. Hints of bourbon. Roasted malts. There is some hoppiness but not a lot. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a big beer and beautifully made.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hella good. Big rich dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma of bourbon soaked brownies! Lots of rich chocolate flavor, vanilla, toffee, coconut, toasted oak, tar. Damn freaking good!
gkeh (307) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Dark, dark brown with great lacing for 11% abv. Sweet malt on the nose, chocolate, vanilla roasted malts. Taste is sweet vanilla, oak, mild chocolate. Fantastic dry finish. Superb stout.
TXBadger (1890) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been lucky enough to have this both from the original version released in the 750mL bottles and in the 12oz bottles. Bourbon, cocoa, and coffee on the nose, with all following on the palate. Finishes semi-sweet with caramel and toffee notes.
GreatDane1632 (947) - USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated from notes taken on 1 Jun 2014 -- Did a side-by-side tasting of Regular, Coffee, and Vanilla Noir’s. This is an awesome brew. Very hard to decide between this and the Coffee as my second favorite. The vanilla is better by a hair.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to a friend. Poured black with a chocolate brown head that left ample lace behind on my glass. Aroma was chocolate, fudge, whiskey, oak, and toasted marshmallow. Flavor was whiskey, oak, coconut, dark roast, chocolate, and a slight alcohol kick. Body was full, velvety, and creamy with a medium-high level of carbonation. Great stuff that should age well beyond a year or two.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Prairie for forthcoming work. Pours a deep, cola-brown color; creamy dark-tan head with excellent retention (for an imperial stout) and lacing that coats the snifter. The aroma’s the narrowest point to this beer, showing a bit of char, warming ethanol (with whispers of whiskey), and a bitter chocolate/coffee note; not sharp, but tight. Medium-full to full body, with a very-fine-bubbled carbonation from the bottle conditioning, along with a firm acidity and mineral / herbal bitterness; this is a pleasure to sip, and a lot more lively than most imperial stouts tend to be. Lots of layers here: dark chocolate and dried fruits, caramel and char; secondary notes of cinnamon and vanilla; the barrel presence tends to keep to the edges, offering a whiskey character that’s lightly charred, caramelized, and adds a touch of leanness to the body here; as it warms, that whiskey starts to join in with a bit more oomph. Long finish of milk and dark chocolate, lightly sweet, with whiskey and light char. A very drinkable, expressive imperial stout from Oklahoma.