hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 12-09-2009 (Bottle) This beer forms a small tan head that mostly diminishes, opaque body, suspended carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, nutty, oak, and alcohol. The Taste is sweet, malty, chocolate, nutty, oak, and alcohol. The Palate is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a very quaffable beer, nice beer on a cold, windy winter evening, worth trying, and a beer I would drink again.
pwnzilla61 (9) - - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, woody, coconut, ice creamblack, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish. Another superb beer from schlafly. One of my top 3 bourbon beers. must try if its around or trade.
Patrickctenchi (4394) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black....with a thick, dark town head.
Chocolate, raisin, bourbon aroma.
Rich chocolate malt, caramel, vanilla flavor.
Sweet, creamy.....a very subdued bourbon warmth.....smooth......
A very well-crafted Imperial Stout....
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Dark amber with small head.
Aroma : Vanilla and raisins with roasted malts. Some alcohol. Resinous hops. Lots of bourbon.
Taste : Bourbon with raisons and red dried fruits. Roasted malts with light chocolate and light coffee. Persistent bourbon on the finish.
Palate : Fairly soft carbonation. Not too sweet.
Overall : Fairly drinkable for the style. Bourbon is quite present, borderline too much but ok. Roasted malts is a bit shy for the style. The malt is more dried fruits and raisons than chocolate and coffee. Nice stuff but nothing really special.
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is roast, caramel, hazelnut, coconut and oak. Flavor is chocolate, roast, liquor, oak, some roasted hazelnut, and coconut. Finish is sugar, corn liquor, figs, dates, tobacco, brown sugar. Lingering dark fruits (blueberry, blackberry). Thick body, unctuous, soft and oily mouthfeel, weak carbonation. A great impy.
dfinney23 (1960) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon barrel aging is wasted on a lame beer. This is not a lame beer. Big bourbon aroma and taste with a solid roasted malt backbone blending with the vanilla and oak.
pushkinwow (2164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle, 2011, from Capones Dark brown with a dark beige head. Vanilla, bourbon, light oak, slightly burnt caramel, hazelnut, bit of chocolate and plum. Mild carbonation, moderate and sweet, dry hazelnut, bit of chocolate and vanilla with some wafer cookie. Can see how this would be enjoyable but too sweet and cookie for me.
airfigaro (2) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a really nice sweet roast aroma and a beautiful dark chocolate appearance. Taste is superb, sweet bourbon, chocolate and caramel disguised the big gravity of this beer. Wonderful
harrymel (1528) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to czoch75 for this one!
Poured to NB Globe
A: Even with vigorous pour, beer has little to no head formation. beer has scattered, translucent light latte surface film. Otherwise, tawny and dark brown beer with shimmering surface, and opacity faintly pierced to reveal a dark hazel brown.
S: Oh yeah, this is nice. The bourbon does a great job accenting the malt without overpowering as bourbon barrels can have a tendency to do. Vanilla, caramel, cocoa, malty goodness here. A hint of licorice dances in and out of my olfactory. Okay, maybe a bit boozy, but elegant and helps open up my senses.
T: A bit hot, maybe even too hot. The alcohol is evident here. Sweetens the beer, and over powers (IMO) the beautiful caramel and vanilla that are hidden in the background. This is a nice beer, but I think it needs more time. Leaves the palate dry and needing for more.
M: Full bodied, velvety low carbonation. Stings a bit with the apparent alcohol. Initially slicking, the beer quickly transitions to a drying leftover.
D: I think this beer is well crafted, but not great. I am interested to see how it develops over a couple years. I know that the baseline is great, but unfortunately the barrels carry the beer right now, it’s not consensual.
Serving type: bottle
Errl (1837) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle...Pour is dark brown with a light tan head..Nose is wet oak, bourbon, nice vanilla, roast, chocolates, plum...Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roast, marshmallows, caramel, vanillas.