patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting courtesy of thedm and hotstuff - Pours very dark amber-brown with a tan head. The aroma is of dark roast malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. It’s bubbly and sweet, overly sweet in my opinion, with chocolate and maybe a slight coffee flavor. The sweetness lingers in the medium to full bodied brew. I expected more out of this brew.
AirForceHops (2974) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle about a year old. Used a snifter. Nose is burnt malt, mild sour oak and chocolate. The taste shows a good amount of Belgian yeast and sugar components. Some sweetness does come from the malts. The whole overall feel reminds me of a Belgian Double or dark ale. The barrel aging is only lightly noticeable. The body of the beer is medium with soft carbonation. This is a nice brew and crafted well. But after it’s all said and done if I’m buying another of the Barrel Room Collection brews, I wouldn’t choose this one again.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a opaque dark brown with a large tan foamy head, and great lacing.
smell is of dark fruit, cocoa, musty, a touch of vanilla, and some spice.
taste is of dark fruit, yeast, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, brown sugar, some sweet fruits in the back, malt, chocolate covered cherries, spice, some wood, and a touch of coffee. ends smooth and a tad thin. very complex compared to your fathers imperial stout. definitely a good one.
frank0830 (58) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a snifter, this poured with a very thick beautiful head and a dark cola like consistency. The head take a bit to settle and once it does, the stout begins to shine but just isn’t there yet. The oak comes through as does coffee and a bit of dark cherries and rasin. The caramel wants to peak through as does the roasty chocolate that should be found in every stout but lacks. I am a little disappointed in this but plan to buy another and revisit next fall. It needs some time and I believe Mr. Koch intended that when he put a cork in it.
poisoneddwarf (1684) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml corked and caged barrel-shaped bottle. Pours a deep dark brown to almost black with a medium beige head that falls into a blanket after a couple minutes. Aroma consists of wet river rock, dark fruit (cherries, raisins), barnyard funk, chocolate caramels, molasses. Taste is like a cross between an English imperial stout (think Samuel Smith) and a Flemish red--sweet and lightly tart, fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation soft. Unique and tasty.
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep cola, moderate to large frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing. Molasses is strong, otherwise soft dark pitted fruit, a little musty. Smidgen of Gingerbread cookie dough. Musty/Barnish notes of dark pitted fruit, a little bit of burnt brown sugar and molasses. Not a real robust example. Not really getting any oak in this one. Nor chocolate, nor coffee. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Tart finish, a little dry, dark pitted fruit, mustiness, a little dank, with very faint roasted malts. Seems more of a Belgian Dark Strong versus an Imperial Stout.... but whatever, enjoyable even tho nothing stands out.
dlovell2 (672) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown almost black with tan head. Chocolate and cherries in aroma. Smooth palate. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with an underlying flavor of cherries. A little tartness in finish. Very nice unique brew.
Sammer (1026) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla and cold coffee. Complex and interesting.
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is initially sweet roast, cocoa, dry Belgian character, some tart dark fruits. The flavor is a complex mix; roasted malts and chocolate, dark fruits with a slight tart character, dry, sweet Belgian character, mild spices and oak. Overall, this is worth trying, but I probably wouldn’t seek this out again.
JFGrind (1837) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with other raters, many flavors (brown sugar, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and yeasties) come together in a united front. Strong Belgian style Stout professionally assembled by Sam Adams. I am constantly impressed by the diversity of offerings of Sam Adams. Barrel aged beers are a welcome addition to the line-up.