CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin tan ring of head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel with some earthy esters and a touch of butterscotchy bourbon. Body starts fairly full and sugary caramel sweet with some earthy dark caramel and chocolate malt before an oaky, fairly viscous bittersweet finish. An interesting brew, but needs more full malty flavor and not sugary adjuncts.
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Awesome aroma of oak and bourbon. Palate is a little thin for this style. Taste is bourbon, wood, and some roasty bitterness. Aroma definitely trumps the flavor on this one. Paired with an Irish cheddar whiskey cheese.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Coffee, bourbon, chocolate, oak aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, oak flavors that aren’t as complex as I’d like to see, though still good. Medium body and would like to see a bit fuller. LIngering bourbon, coffee, molasses with a bit of citrus malt. Decent, but want more out of it.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1523-20080711] 1L bottle. Dark figgy sweet-roasted malt aroma. Black body with quick creamy tan bubbles. Roasted wooden boozy malt flavour. Full body has a sour tang. Rather enjoyable.
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)
phaleslu (6905) - 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.
arminjewell (6751) - Los Angeles, California, 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.
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (1 Litre) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottled: 2007. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a large diminishing light-brown head. Aroma of lightly roasted caramel malt, a bit of bourbon, vanilla and wood. Flavour’s mildly bourbony along with roasted malt and some sourness with a long bitter boozy finish. Average to medium bodied. Just O.K.
HogTownHarry (6133) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
In short: An awful mess with too many problems to list
How: Bottle, swing-top 1L. Post-EBF tasting. Bottle by dmac. Congratulations Dave, in what might be the best beer week-end of my life you managed to squeeze in a turkey. Clap clap clap!
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Repulsive pop-corn and overripe fruits nose. Taste has a fucked up fruity sourness overwhelming the roasted malts. Grapes syrup. The barrels bring a strong old rotting wood presence. Whatever… No need to describe it, this was terrible, drain pour. That thing had more problems than my cousin Louis. And the poor dude now shares a doghouse with a rothweiler with whom he’s in love with after loosing his job at Wal-Mart because of his phobia of the color blue.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 L bottle from Holiday. Black with a small tan head. Bourbon, pussy, and chocolate aroma. Ok, just chocolate and bourbon, really. Chocolate, drip coffee, and mild bourbon flavor with some vanilla notes. I was wanting better.