joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nothing about this seems like a stout to me. It pours a very dark reddish color with a nice tan head. The aroma is very fruity with cherry, figs, dates, oak and some spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor is pretty much the same. Full bodied with nice almost tart cherries, figs, raisins and maybe just a hint of coffee and oak in the finish. Pretty tasty if not all that interesting.
dfinney23 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nothing specific out of the ordinary, yet still somehow an unusual blend of flavors. Chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, wood, funk...
patrick767 (3741) - 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 (4820) - 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 (2089) - 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 (70) - 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 (2001) - 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 (6600) - 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 (1315) - 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 (1096) - 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.