NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of some awesome Ratebeerian. Shared with Ibrew2or3 and Quake1028. I thought one of them provided it....but they credited me with it!
Coffee, tartness, coconut, vanilla and overripe pineapple make up the aroma. The body is black with a tan head that diminishes slowly. The fore is huge on roast chocolate, roast malt and vanilla. Tons of stewed dark fruits, oak and bourbon with dried coconut accents also appear. Charry black chocolate in the finish. Nice flavor. Creamy feel.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008-07-11. Black, waifish tan head. (3+) Aroma is very much bourbon and wood, sweet notes of vanilla? Flavour is similar with bourbony vanilla, mild malt, light sour bitter tang in the finish. Average plus palate. Okay I guess but I did not care for it. The barrel does not seem to be a positive influence for me. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (1 litre). Shared with blankboy with gregclow, jerc, mabel & tupalev. Opaque black pour, small frothy tan head. Dry, deeply roasty aroma, medium sweet vanilla/bourbon aroma, anise and old leather. Taste follows, but oddly sour, the leather morphs into dry old molasses, and the booziness intrudes oddly - thin, slick mouthfeel, long bitter and burnt alcoholic finish - I’m not sure I like it all that much.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very thick and viscous with almost no carbonation. The bourbon was quite noticeable to me. It was huge but unappealing. I wasn’t begging for another sip. In fact, the bottle was never finished. Overall: disappointing.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An old rating i finally got to entering. Aroma smelled a little old and oxidized even though its brand new. A little bourbon but only a little and also a chocolate presense.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark blackish color. Smell of malt, bourbon, caramel, hops and chocolate. Taste of chocolate, sour bourbon, malt, oak, hint of vanilla and hops. Turned off by this one.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1l swingtop from unclejedi - thanks! Almost black, reddish highlights, nice brown head. Roasty malt nose, touches of bourbon, dark chocolate. Flavor follows the nose, adds some vanilla notes. The bourbon is apparent, but it does not overwhelm nor detract from the beer, rather, it complements it nicely. Excellent!
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting thanks to Beerlando and lb4lb
Black pour with very thin tan head. Smells generic and booze like. Reminds me of an off RC Cola. Flavor is strangely sweet, soy, and vinegar like. Seems to be unintentionally tart. Finish is unenjoyable. Not impressed at all.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thanks to lb4lb for sharing this big swing-top.
Pretty black in color, with dark brown edges. Thin head leaves decent lace.
Smells of caramel, marzipan, make it seem more like an aged barleywine than an Imperial stout. Some alcohol smell.
Sweet, almost cloying, yet sour, soy vinegar, some cardboardiness.
Tastes like it could have been a bad bottle, maybe just stored improperly, but it seems pretty oxidized and thin.
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle courtesy of Beerlando
1 L bottle shared with 5 others. Pours black with a light tan head. Smell is sweet with lots of fake vanilla extract coming through, and wet cardboard more so than roasty malt. A touch of bourbon but not a very great nose. Taste was worse, and had notes of Soy sauce, was quite tart, thin and drying, and not at all like a bourbon barrel imperial stout. I’d stay far, far away from this.