IrishBoy (3855) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from douglas88. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee. Black with a small tan head. Flavor is chocolate, roasty coffee, and bourbon.
jcnielsen (2189) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to douglas88 for sending. Pours a black color with medium brown head. Roasty, burnt, slight bourbon aromas and flavors. A little bit of a letdown.
adnielsen (9252) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in KC @ JetsonFest III. Thanks jcnielsen / Justin! Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Sort of floral/soapy, dark chocolate, anise, somewhat roasty aroma. A bit tingy, somewhat boozy, chocolate, straw/chewy herbal, potpourri, whiskey flavor with quite a bit of booze on the finish. Not as good as I was hoping for.
RobertDale (3550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, alcohol, and wood. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, and wood. Very nice, very nice!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2013 750ml bottle, via trade, aged for about a year. pours a dense, hazy, black that sits opaque in the glass capped by a thin, dark mocha head that leaves oily rings of lace on the glass. aroma is excellent, pretty unique, with heavy roasted malts, fresh liquorice, baker’s chocolate, and graham crackers backed by toasted rye bread, subtle whiskey, molasses, and hints of ash. flavor is excellent as well with rich dark fruit notes of prunes, figs, and merlot backed by sweet toffee, chocolate malts, and rye toast with honey followed by smooth, spicy, rye whiskey notes on the finish. palate is on the richer end of medium bodied with light carbonation and a lingering, warming finish. this actualy reminds me a bit of Berserker which is never a bad thing. overall, a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout.
RichTheVillan (3138) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from international trade; dark brown pour with thin tan head, roasted malt and molasses aroma, taste is roasted malts vanilla caramel, slick mouthfeel an impress impy.
demmbonz (542) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade from sledutah. Shared with jimmeekrek for beer nerd night #6. Thanks a million. This is whiskey aged not bourbon. Amazing brew. Alcohoak.
Fritz123 (1032) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Sybarite Pig share night. Pours deep brown with tan thin head. Snifter. Light lace. First on noise is the alcohol whiskey aroma. Plums, prunes, roasted malts, leather. Taste of chocolate, prunes, roasted cocoa and malts, whiskey, oak char, and black raspberries.
McNeillR (1240) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth chocolate nose and swarthy brown head with a gleam in the light. Dashes of dark chocolate the initial taste, a good palate coating of milky malt evened out by a charred backbone and moreish imperial bitterness. The palate eventually leans itself to a black and white ’aged imperial’ side of things. Really need sweet alcohol burn on the finish, like boozy Coco-Pops.
Extremely moreish from start to finish - just left of center for an imperial in the right places, really engaging initially and curveball sweet milkiness throughout with the booze burn in the shadows. Superb.
Bottle, Garvie Tasting - March, Edinburgh
cgarvieuk (14688) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home in blind tasting with 2 Black Isle BA Black Runs...
Bottle 1: deep black ... thin tan head ... big meaty roast ... big Whisky nose ... dark chewy malts ... deep dark roast ... heavy malts ... chewy chocolate ... dark malt fruits .... soft long alcohol...little mushroom but not much 3.9
Bottle 2: dark brown black ... no head ... dark sweet roast ...sweet sherry nose... little flat ... dark roast ... soft sweet toffee ... little coconut ... very soft mellow bourbon ... little coconut husk ... as benji pointed out there a few light sake tones to it... 3.7
Bottle 3: dark brown black ... seems darker than btl2 ... no head ... soft roast ... light whisky nose ... soft toffee roast ... dark malts ... soft chocolate ... soft oily body ... mellow roast ... light whisky ... dark fruits ... 4.0
Btl 1: was the Barrle of russions
Btl 2 is Bourbon Black Run (unratable) pre release straight from barrel
Btl 3 is Whisky Black Run (unratable) pre release straight from barrel