adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to Luke for this! Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Anise, chocolate, fruity yeasty, somewhat spicy, mild bourbon, toffee aroma. Big licorice, Belgian chocolate, a touch woody, fairly dark fruity, moderately spicy, light bourbon, just a touch smoky, quite malty flavor.
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. Light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is about average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Nice nose on this. Christmas cookie spiciness meshes well with smokiness from the bourbon. Sweet caramel, dark candi sugar, plum, prune, raisin, and tobacco. Smokey bourbon with notes of leather, vanilla, and oak. Sweet, spicy, and complex nose.
3.0 T: The taste is more bourbon flavored than the nose. Much of the spiciness and sweet maltiness gets lost behind leathery and smokey bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Missing depth from the base beer. Thatís about all there is to say.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a little bity without being spritzy or creamy. Just decent here.
3.0 D: Eh, itís alright, but itís nothing special. Iíve never been a huge fan of bourbon and Belgian, but I still canít help myself from giving it a try.
Serving type: bottle
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Poured into a tuliped snifter. Black brown appearance with a light brown thin head. Smells like a banana split from the yeast, dark roasted malts. Taste is sweet with milk chocolate, coffee, some smoke, and overlying dark chocolate banana-ish flavor with a bitter finish. Smooth mouth feel, medium carbonation. Not much bourbon, but there is definitely a Boozy character.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good stout base. Interesting Belgian notes. My first of this style -- not sure if its the best thereof, but I enjoyed it.
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BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber bottle and served in my big arse Tripel Karmeliet glass: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with an initial big frothy tan head that fades. The aroma is twangy cherries and plums, heavy roasted barley and charred black malt, with a bit of Belgian yeast banana and bubblegum as well. The taste is sort of muddled... make that very muddled notes of fruits, roast and yeast. Some oak and vanilla towards the tannic dry finish. The mouth feel is far too thin for the genre. I do not care much for these Belgian Imperial Stouts and while this is better than most it still lacks depth, richness and complexity found in American and British styled version.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black brown with a thin head. Banana nose. Some roast. Toasty malt flavors. Harsh roast. Not enjoyable. 5/3/6/3/12
Narnad (1507) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown/black color with a sticky, light tan head that provides great lacing. Aroma has a strong bourbon nose but not overpowering, light fruity notes - apples, light raisin with some mild esters late. Grainy presence starts to show itself in the middle with some light toasted presence and finishes with a mild dark roasted kick. Flavor starts off pretty fruity with a lot of banana working with the bitter roasted malt and bourbon, creating a very unique flavor. This subsides to a mildly roasted malt presence, light apple and caramel malt sweetness with a finish of chocolate malt and a mild toasted malt kick. Body is modest/hefty with low carbonation and an overall smooth feeling. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall a very good brew. The bourbon is well balanced with the stronger roasted/toasted malt notes and the light Belgian estery sweetness. For the price a very nice brew.
Damico (2978) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours unclear dark mahogany with a decent beige head. Aroma brings some light wood and actually smoke peat notes, which I get on the flavor too! The body is not big at all, a bit creamy and nice though. The flavor of roasted malts is lighter, more of the smokey wood is what I get.
BeerandBlues2 (10908) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy, tight bubbled tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, nutty, and earthy coffee malt, figs and prunes, and earthy hops with oak and bourbon notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters, spices and earthiness with a bittersweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Smutty seems to get lost in the shuffle these days, which is a shame given how satisfying and modestly innovative their beers can be. Dark, hefty pour certainly looks stout-ish enough, and a potent one at that. Nose is initially rich oaky tannins and chocolate malts, but the yeast becomes quickly evident (and welcome). Not quite as tart as some Belgian stouts can be, just a pleasant fruitiness that both enhances the extant flavors are marks a change from them.