badhack (380) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a lot of fine bubbles similar to the other barrel rooms beers but not as intense or effervescent. Tastes like a stout with chocolate, dark malts, coffee and a sweetness. Also some spice but I donít recall any oak. But unlike a stout it has that essence of Belgian. Most of the acid that was in the other barrel room beers is missing or muted.
Krej (151) - USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a crazy one. It pours and drinks like coke. It smells very caramelly and brown sugary. One of the best noses Iíve had. The taste is similar to the nose with a little fruity and a lot of effervescence.
malkyore (267) - - MAR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very very belgian! As far as imperial stouts go this is similar in flavor but thatís about it. Pours a very effervescent black. White head that fades fast. Aroma is belgian. Fruity with a lot of brown sugar and grape. Flavor is malty and sweet with a lot of sugarcane and a hint of coffee. Itís extremely carbonated which I was not expecting because the bottle says imperial stout... This is a great beer. A little more belgian than stout I think, but great nonetheless.
mikedR (1491) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting hybrid. I would call this a stout-inspired quad. The Belgian notes are all there: carbonation, fruit, and spiciness. A bit of bourbon from the aging. Added to this is some hints of stout notes, chocolate, coffee, roastiness, and so on. Mouthfeel is Belgian all the way, not thick or heavy like you'd expect in a comparable ABV stout. As a quad, it's pretty good, but I wouldn't go into this expecting a stout, regardless of what the label says.
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puboflyons (2369) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The corked, caged bottle. The pour is dark brown to about black with a moderate, lingering beige head. The aroma reminds me more of dark fruits than chocolate and coffee as advertised but I am clearly getting the oak barrel. Some dark malts. There is an acidic, fruit juice character to the body. But it still lands in the medium to full range. The taste is an improvement over the aroma with a sweet but smooth fruitiness, a sour or tartness, and a moderate lingering bitterness. This was not what I would expect from a stout.
LewSmith (7) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Caramel, woody, strong alcohol taste with rich full flavor, roasty, coffee notes. Very good beer
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very deep red, ring of beige head. Smells like cherries, wine, macerated fruit. Sweet, fruity, medium-to-full bodied. Prunes and raisins. Caramelized sugar.
annunz123 (912) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast coffee, chocolate, and Belgian yeast in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet with fruit and Belgian candy flavor, then finishes with roast coffee and chocolate bitterness. Certainly a decent effort, but I think they would have been better served trying to brew a chocolate stout or a Belgian dubbel.
mbgrayson (599) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark, with tan head. Aroma of a Belgian, mixed with Stout. Interesting blend, but not my favorite. Notes of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Still, a thumbs up.
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dates, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, but not overly sweet, with a liquory finish. A little sticky aftertaste. Love these Barrel Room Collection bottle shapes.