thomas15 (588) - USA - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Aroma is boozy vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Appears thin black brown edges. No head. Taste is initially sweet, but blances well, full on chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Velvety mouthfeel medium to full bodied.
jcnielsen (1295) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing. Pours a black color with off white head. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla aromas. Chocolate syrup, bourbon, oak, dark fruit, vanilla flavors. Pretty damn tasty beer.
MarinEvelyn (310) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. Aroma is sweet, complex, hard to distinguish. Full body flavor. Very Sweet, alcohol warmth. Smooth, soft, creamy, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malty, toffee, sticky caramel, honey, bourbon, wood.
Thisis12ptfont (708) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was lucky to have a close friend share a bottle.Heavy red wine, tart grapes, raisins, port wine and faint chocolate aroma. Completely black appearance with no foam and no lacing. Taste is insanely intense with rich port wine overtones. Other notes chocolate, raisin, deep plums, grapes, dark chocolate, bourbon, rum, toffee, molasses. cocoa nibs, slick syrupy malts and juicy dark fruits. Overall, this beer is so sweet and is more reminiscent of a sweet port wine rather than a beer; let alone an Imperial Stout. Served cold, the alcohol is almost non-existent which astonishing for over 19% but as it warms, the alcohol really gets to your palate. The Imperial Stout style is really overwhelmed by the boozy barrel aging and the port wine overtones but there is some raisin, chocolate, cocoa nib characteristic there as well as slick, syrupy Barley Wine notes. Really something special. A+ rating.
Franks (24) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown with a small bone colored head. Smell had hints of raisin, fig chocolate and bourbon. Taste was of sweet fruits, chocolate and bourbon. Palate was nice and silky with light carbonation. Will be getting again for sure.
timfoolery (1066) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from RS membership. Aroma and flavor is of a bourbon chocolate milkshake beer. Has enough sweetness to not be cloying for me, but it's pushing the envelope. The bourbon and chocolate notes are so well balanced with good carbonation that it's hard not to love. Remove some bourbon and add cocao and vanilla, and there's CR. Excellent beer this crap Tuesday!
beerbaaron (676) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage. Pours black. Small to medium light brown head, partially lasting with a ring around glass. Aroma is sweet, deep, and complex. A flurry of flavor. Full body. Very Sweet, viscous, pleasant alcohol warmth. Alcohol is well hidden. Silky smooth, soft, creamy, sticky syrupy. So much character and everything is so well integrated. Chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malty, toffee, sticky caramel, honey, bourbon, wood, port.
travita (3475) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The smell is spiced, leather, fruits, definite alcohol, oak, and vanilla. The look is a decent tan head, too dark to see through, and black in color. The taste is very sweet, alcohol, thick, fruits, tasty, wood, and great.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
 Opaque black with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Taste of charred wood, roast, dark chocolate, some fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and strong alcohol in the finish.
Homer321 (535) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to beechner224 (pronounced droo fus). A ton of booze in the nose. Boozey with some booze. There is no stout here. This is booze. Lots of alcohol and booze. Very warming with some booze. Almost burning with some booze. With a hint of booze. Finishes with a slight boozey note. Overall. Pretty good with some subtle booze.