GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL. Pours a clear deep mahogany/deep brown. Weaker foam that takes a lot of coaxing to get hardly anything. Nose is pretty hefty barrel- rich coconut, toast, but also a ton of dark fruits- licorice, dates, raisins. Taste is not as good as expected- dusty and papery with a full barleywine body. Not even close to imperial stout as this is completely void of roast, chocolate, body, and bitterness. It is more like a Firestone Walker anniversary beer- some sort of Parabola/Abacus blend. The palate isn’t even that thick and there is no cloying sugar. But lemon tea, black tea, sweet ’n’ low, a raisins create the flavor profile. I like the barrel notes overall but the base beer has thinned out perhaps and was probably never an imperial stout from the beginning. Chocolate is not one of the flavors in this beer.
digbychikncsr (12) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice lacey on the glass. Retains head nicely. Great barrel flavor. Not overly sweet. When you breath out , get wood, smoke and whiskey flavors.
kevinator (976) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best I’ve had from this brewery. Strong bourbon aroma with sweet malt, definitely alcohol. Cool dark color with a small head. Carbonation was higher than expected, which kind of distracted from the smoothness. A mix of malty flavors, including chocolate, caramel and some roasted grains. The bourbon really stands out in a nice way and lingers.
jhgrantjr (417) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle purchased at Friendly Spot in San Antonio. Pours a thin black color with small head. Aroma is rich, chocolate, bourbon, some sweetness in the smell, maybe vanilla. The taste is really good, smooth, and rich. It is sweet, and the bourbon is clearly there, but it isn’t too hot or boozy. This is a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
elgatoborracho (7) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great blend of caramel, chocolate and bourbon, bourbon, bourbon! Medium mouthfeel; alcohol is noticeable, though not overwhelming. Very enjoyable brew. Thanks Pastor Grant!
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt, licorice, and bourbon. Vanilla, coconut, and some dark fruit. A hint of burnt sugar, too. Nice coconut, vanilla, and fudge flavors. Roasted malt, licorice, bourbon, and dark fruit. Quite nice.
50belair (2355) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Hopscotch. Dark brown pour wit a white head. Sweet caramel malt aromas. Bland, lifeless, and uninspiring.
Travlr (12274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of t0rin0, thanks! Very dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered brownies. Taste is thick, rich brandied chicolate bon bons and peppermint. Tasty.
dnstone (2146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is chocolate with caramel and coconut overtones. Pour is black with no head. Flavor is sticky sweet; caramel, coconut, vanilla, and chocolate...the bourbon flavors are strong but the beer holds its ground well. I really wish this brewery would do more great beers like this.
ShawnC (76) - - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark dark brown. Nose is super! Thick burnt sugars soaked in bourbon and a candied fruit. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy. Wow huge thick malts up front with a boozy syrup finishing with something that reminds me of ice cream. Maybe the vanilla. Quite a beast.
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