treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immediate bourbon, right off the nose. Wow. Dark,opaque, with a ruby tinge. Sweetness balanced with bourbon & a caramel-y, dark chocolate bitterness. Finishes thick, with the bourbon quickly dissipating, & the sweetness staying with you, with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Very little carbonation, & definitely can’t "taste" the alcohol content. Really well balanced, and unlike many other bourbon barreled beers, this one is not too boozy, and not too sweet. Very rich and tasty.
vtafro (3223) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak and roasted aromas. Flavors are ok, chocolate roasted and other sweet malt tones.
Boutip (4677) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and strong bourbon notes with sweet roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of vanilla notes with strong bourbon notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes with light black chocolate. Body is somewhat full with an oily like texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Bourbon notes are quite dominant but there is just too much residual sugar for my taste at the end of the day.
gendv138 (1191) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle after RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. 2008 vintage. Black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, light chocolate, caramel, bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, dark fruit, dark chocolate, caramel. Medium-full body with a dry finish.
WheatKing (1290) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown. Nose is whiskey, cherry. Same with choc on the flavour. Really full imperial stout, liked it.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Keir
Black color with small head. Some roasted malt and chocolate aroma, easy. Good body strength, moderately sweet; some chocolate flavor, some barrel, vanilla, whiskey.
DrSilverworm (6287) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste at the brewery during RBSG. 2008 bottle. Clear dark brown red color. Thin off-white head. Bits of lace. Lots of dark fruit, musty oxidization in the nose. Not a fan of that aged flavor, personally. Dark fruit, chocolate, some vanilla. Moderate sweet taste, light spice, some vanilla. A little thin, some oxidization. But solid stuff to try!
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin, quick dissipating head with a deep brown body. Very smooth and vanilla nose. Raw bread dough. Cocoa, wine barrel, and gritty flavour. Very tasty.
Ferris (3806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Bourbon barrel, vanilla and cocoa. Jet brown with a brown head. Light and sweet vanilla with cocoa. Nice and fairly balanced with lots if cocoa.
bubblehouse (351) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good. Nice chocalate notes mixing with the bourbon. Very smooth and easy to drink. Well done.
M82 (275) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A one and a half inch, mostly smooth, medium khaki head dissipates to a frothy island with smooth extending beaches. A black body reveals a bright honey-amber highlight where the stem and bowl meet. Cave drawing-leopard lace decorates the walls of the snifter.
Initial aromas are smooth and inviting with an obvious spirit barrel character. Creamy coconut and vanilla barrel notes. A swirl kicks up another creamy half inch head, and offers a momentarily brighter sense of wood with a more sour fruit like spirit layer. With warmth well into the sixties, inviting tones of pecan pie appear.
A smooth and creamy heavy weight body rolls across the palate. Dark chocolate syrup-treacle unites with the aforementioned notes of the aroma, all followed by a moment of glowing bourbon. Raisins accent throughout each sip and finish, with the residual bringing creamy coconut back into the spotlight.
Based on my experience with this fresh a couple years ago, I’m very pleasantly surprised with how far this has come.
25.4oz 2012 vintage at 60º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter