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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle handed to me by Dmac, thanks Dave (Gary), who then said this is horrible. Well here we go, obvious black body with a tan head. A horrible balance of soy maple bourbon and some woodiness. Vanilla vegetative and astringent. Yes Dave, it does suck.
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.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
black body with brown highlights.small brown head.strange aroma of chewing tobacco spit,roots,smoke,vanilla,and alcohol.flavor is infected sourness,and nicorette gum.this is pretty nasty.
dmac (3539) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This shite sux. Tasted bad, looked okay, smelt worst. Horrible beer all around.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to dmac I think for sharing? Actually no thanks. This beer is pretty terrible. Bomber. Pours a deep dark cola color with a thin fizzy diminishing head to almsot nothing. Aroma is a bit boozy- with somecaramelized fruits, bourbon, and intense vanilla oak. Flavor had a bit of vegetal dms, with more over the top bourbon totally masking all malts and roastiness, with much more vanilla and oakiness to make sure everythign is over the top. Mouthfeel ended up thin, tannic and astringent. meh.
crossovert (5695) - 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
lb4lb (2112) - 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.
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.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle thanks to hophead22. Pours with a near black body with a small tan head. Aromas are very strongly diacetyl. Little else. Butterscotch. A bit of vanilla. Flavors are a mess. Straight diacetyl, vanilla and cola. Medium bubbles, oily. Bad.