brokensail (13782) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of tan head.
S: When the first thing you smell is butter, you’re rarely in for anything good. Lots of butter, a bit of roast and bourbon, a touch of vanilla, and some sourness. Not sure whether that’s vinegar or just too much booze.
T: The flavor is much the same. Heavy on the butter with a more pronounced sourness and even more booze. Light bourbon and vanilla flavors with lots of roast and oak, some coffee is also there.
M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation.
O: This was a nice contribution to the dump bucket.
crossovert (9759) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
650ml brow twist-off gold waxed bottle. 2009 vintage. The label proclaims "Lager". Talk about the most bizarre packaging, Sprecher might want to fire whoever is doing this.
It pours a dense black with a foamy tan head. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves some mild lacing.
The smell is thick with bourbon, super thick with it. It is big and sweet with notes of caramel and vanilla and underneath that chocolatey, roasty stout.
The flavor is big and bourbonny. It is roasty and alcoholic. It has a tanginess to it that is hard to pinpoint, like very sweet raisins, perhaps an infection.
It was great until I tasted it, I am pretty sure something sneaked its way into he barrels.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 02:02:47
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 1L swingtop bottle brought to the Big Black Beer Bash by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! He brought some big guns to the event. This one looks like a typical nice imperial stout on the pour- deep, dark brown, mostly opaque, with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, oak, bourbon, and roasted malts. The barrel notes really dominate the nose. The flavor is all over the place: butterscotch, vanilla, metallic notes, plums, berries, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a bizarre mouthfeel that could be described as buttery, sweet, and metallic all at the same time. I think I wound up liking this a lot more than most other people there; Dan even made a face like he just drank sour milk or something. The execution and palate are messy but I still found this pretty interesting and really liked the aroma. Re-Rate: Not as good as the first time I tried it. Too fruity. But not bad overall.
jtclockwork (11289) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to MSante79. Interesting stout. Pours black with a dark brown head. Thin layer of retention. Nose of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is very sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Body has thinner mouthfeel than expected.
nearbeer (4298) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wax-top bomber. Opaque black with a lasting chocolate head. Big vanilla, whiskey, chocolate and oak nose. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, tingly bourbon and dried wood. Heavy body is smooth and sticky. Nice dessert beer.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liter bottle from Princeton’s #9349 on the bottle. Black pour with a two finger tan head. Sweet oaky aroma with a bit of boozy bourbon to it. Very sweet flavor with pronounced notes of oak. Medium mouthfeel, tangy finish. Not bad at all but a bit thin and a touch too sweet. I’d drink it again, not sure if I’d buy it again.
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma with bourbon hints. Sweetish malty roasted chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty malty chocolate finish with hints of bourbon in the aftertaste.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very dark brown/black, head fades to a ring, color of motor oil. Aromas of Rich, Roasty, molasses, sweet malts, alcohol, bourbon sweetness.
Taste is big and so is the body- loadedith malts, a grape sweetness, slightly metallic in the finish though, bourbon flavor/ oak from the barrel, and sweet coffee flavor, with no bitterness.
arminjewell (8759) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with brown head, big bourbon nose with some chocolate notes. Taste up front is big bourbon, leading into some chocolate and coffee notes that finishes sweet. Not a bad BBL RIS, but a bit overkill on the bourbon flavor.
portableparty (2169) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is deep black brown with frothy but thin head that dissapates. Solid lacing that lasts. Smells of bourbon chocolate molasses and vanilla and scents of coffee. Taste bitter and I felt it was very bitter boozy and dry finish although there were some coco flavors as well. Palate medium feel and lively booze on swallow. I am very glad that I was able to try this, but we probably skip next time around.