Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
Pulling this out of the cellar was a nice break. The base beer might not have been all that interesting but throwing it into High West barrels was a nice way to at least make it an average BA imperial stout. If you have one left I would drink it sooner rather than later; it feels like it is beginning to slip.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base bubbles with a cream deep head for company. Clingy legs add a nice touch. Plums, raspberries, dark chocolate, and sticky malt are on par with other releases but the barrel aging does not really stand out much.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, espresso, rich truffle, and velvet are a welcome texture that warms the palate. The polished mouthfeel is a trace on the sweet side with a touch of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. A boozy warm finish brings to a close a well rounded release. While the High West whiskey barrels do not seem to do much they did possibly mellow out the heat. Overall this was a nice release though one I would not seek out again.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Poured inky black with a rich brown head. The aroma picked up sweet whiskey, burnt cocoa, and just a touch of hazelnut.. coconut and lightly-smoked malts plus peppery warmth on the back of the nose.. very nice. The flavor found burnt black and cocoa malts at the core, with vanilla, coconut, and sweet and peppery bourbon laced throughout.. spicy and roasty on the back end and through the finish along with a nice kiss of bourbon. Heavy-bodied and roasty on the palate with quite a bit of cocoa/coffee bitterness.. warm, but never overly so.. this was great stuff!
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog bottle thanks to so many good ratebeerians. The look is black in color with a tan head. The smell is roast, coffee, chocolate, and nice. The taste is roasty, chocolate, and coffee.
BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded 75cl bottle aged at least a year or more. Pours out like used motor oil but it also has a nice milk chocolate-like head. Very thick lacing. Milk chocolate aroma that seems mixed with cherry cordials. Big flavor without being overpowering. Reminds me of dark chocolate baking powder. Just a little booze lingering in the finish. Pretty good.
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in April 2012 (Backlog) - Black in color with an average sized tan head. Aroma is of roaste malt and coffee. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, whiskey, and roasted malts.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample thanks to Irishboy)Black body with a brown head.Nose and flavor mix up toffee,brown sugar,and dark fruits.Not much barrel aged flavor in this one.
IrishBoy (3944) - 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 (2550) - 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 (10037) - 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 (4192) - 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!