CanIHave4Beers (3899) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with a medium tight head that leaves good lace on the glass.
The aroma is soapy at first but that fades and shows a good bit of rich roasty coffee and bourbon.
The flavor has a nice woody and vanilla character but it’ not overly bourbon-y. The beer retains a nice roast and bitterness, is fairly dry all around, and displays a nice depth of roasty malt character that stands right up to the bourbon flavor.
This is a nice example of a very good beer changing character in a bourbon barrel fairly dramatically and emerging as something else entirely.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Poured an opaque black with a light brown head. Chocolate, toffee and subdued notes of vanilla and citrusy hop in the nose. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Light chocolate with a bit of roasty malt flavor. Not much barrel.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[On-tap at Rock Bottom] Pours dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is primarily chocolate and coconut with a little dark fruit undertone. Some alcohol and blackberry shows up after awhile. Taste is heavy on coconut, with dark chocolate and roasted malt undertones. The roasted malt really comes out the longer I drink it, with it eventually becoming a little strong. Medium mouthfeel, with a long, coconut finish. Very solid, but really doesn’t separate itself from other good barrel-aged imperial stouts.