onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with a thin khaki head. Nose has some sweet bourbon and vanilla/brown sugar notes, along with a nougaty milk chocolate. Tastes really big and robust with big sweet dark chocolate flavors, a bit of charred oak, some caramelly bourbon, a light kiss of vanilla and brown , and a touch of mocha java. Ermahgerd amazing.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Chooclate and light bourbon aroma with light dark malts. Chocolate and bourbon flavor with light brown sugar. Medium bodied. Chocolate and brown sugar linfer with bourbon.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle share. It pours with a murky dark mahogany body that supports a weak tan head. The aroma offers up smooth slick sweetness in the form of candy like bourbon booze and sugary sweet malts and then the sweetness intercedes among the dark roasted malts notes and chocolate. Very nice. The taste is smooth and sweet and nectar like with slick bourbon sweetness mixing with sweet malts, a molasses and vanilla sensation. Behind those notes are murmurs of spicy oak, dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee and then a pleasing and firm chocolate yumminess. Wow, this all comes together very nicely. Solid!
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the 8th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on Nov 9, 2013. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from the tap. Small to medium sized beige/tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla and coffee. A full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Lots of bourbon and wood flavors blended with some nice smooth chocolate and vanilla flavors. Very smooth tasting with a hint of alcohol. This is what a barrel aged stout should taste like. There is a nice lingering bourbon finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bourbon, sweet and boozy.
IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro BA Fest. Nose is oaky vanilla with light hints of bourbon but not too much with chocolate and a little molasses. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, and light bourbon, really nice. My son’s favorite beer of the fest.
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the barrel-aged tasting at World Of Beer-Cherry Creek in Denver, CO during GABF week. Black pour with a foamy khaki head. Wonderful aroma of German chocolate cake, vanilla, and oak. The taste does not disappoint; rich chocolate and coffee blend with bourbon and oak for a great imperial stout. Incredibly smooth for a beer of this complexity and ABV. An outstanding beer!
Sledutah (3629) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of roasted malts, oak and whiskey. Flavors of whiskey, oak and vanilla
Ratman197 (8489) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roastiness, bitter chocolate, coffee and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, bourbon, roastiness and light coffee with a smooth lingering chocolate bourbon finish.
swoopjones (4915) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Coles, black pour, great aroma of roast, vanilla, wood, chocolate, bourbon. flavor was very similar to aroma, light mouthfeel was the only negative, great flavor, aroma etc. enjoyable
jackl (3475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Churchkey. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny tan head. The aroma’s earthy roast malts. Char. Cocoa, a bit of caramel and dark coffee. The taste isn’t particularly barrel heavy. Light vanilla. Strong roast. Mildly acetic. More coffee, dark chocolate. Medium body, not luxuriously thick, light carb. Overall, nothing special.