toxichop (470) - South Gate, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Took my bottle to my neighbors to split, pours oily black with brown edges and gives you a lacing caramel head, my neighbor however got like an inch of head. The smell is vicious, strong bourbon oak, cherry, vanilla and alcohol. Took my first sip and wow this is damn sweet and I like it. Lots of brown sugar, vanilla, toffee with bourbon lingering in there. It finishes with little heat, the booziness is well contained. Overall, this is good indeed.
mt4080 (2) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky enough to try at a beer event at work, the bottle came from our GM’s private cellar. not sure if the vintage.
Big and boozy, but not over the top. bold bourbon character hits you first, with the mandatory vanilla toffee notes, as well as a slight charred wood note, smooth through the middle with a balanced roastiness, ending with a pronounced sweetness from the huge grain bill required in the brew. a fantastic brew, if you can find it.
rodenbach99 (3515) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml brown bottle, shared by the Three-Rivers crew. 18,2% alc/vol therefore 2010 vintage. Nice brown colour with red hue, but where’s the head ? The heavy alcohol transport all thso flavors of chocolate, cocoa, black chocolate, cherry blosom, blackstrap molasses, coconuts. This is one of my all-time ever favorite nose. This Imperial Stout tastes like molasses (it has the same viscosity !!) and some bourbon (it has the same alcohol content !!). I’m surprised how much I love this beer or is it all the alcohol that make my judgement off-road ?
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with wispy brown head / Big, brilliant, nose of bourbon, chocolate, coconut, with no trace of alcohol (!) / Very full body, sweet, well balanced with no hint of being cloying, and only a minor alcohol burn / Rich, winey, flavors of coconut, semisweet chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, prunes, dates, toasted pecans, and oak / A dessert elixir, to be shared in brandy glasses. Ah, to have several bottles aging in the cellar rather than just this one.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to my mysterious donor... Pours opaque black, thin tan dad, soft lacing. Nose is heavy bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut, FUCK but this smells like a chocolate bourbon milkshake! Flavours of boozy vanilla and fudge. Genuinely rather unpleasant in the mouth, with so much alcohol and vanilla. A one-dimensional sugar-bourbon assault, that MUST improve with age, because I cannot countenance the high score without this aging well.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin head. The aroma of bourbon is very strong, and coconut. Very thick and rich. flavour is amazing. Bold and rich roasted barley oak and bourbon sweet and complex, The boubon is so well integrated that I must say this might be the best barrel aged beer i have ever had. This is fucking great.
SlovakSniper (3826) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Une autre bombe larguée par les bourlingueurs des Trois-Rivières. Merci les gars pour ce vintage 2010!) Un liquide profondément brun qui laisse entrevoir des contours rouges. Une mousse absente. Une forte viscosité : le liquide s’accroche à la paroi du verre. Un nez plantureux. Des bonbons à la mélasse. Du chocolat fourré à la liqueur. Des fruits qui rappellent les cerises et leur sirop. Un bourbon expressif qui étale l’ensemble de ses capacités: des notes vanillées, des parfums boisés et de timides effluves de noix de coco. Des saveurs qui peuvent affecter la glycémie. Un goût franc et savoureux de bourbon. Des malts opulents. De la mélasse fruitée. Du sirop chocolaté. Des flaveurs chaudes et coulantes. Un alcool qui grise les papilles. Un véritable dessert liquide. Une bouche somptueuse, un corps pleinement assumé, lourd et costaud avec un pétillement modérément doux. Une texture liquoreuse et collante. Une finale fougueuse, chargée par les sucres et par l’alcool. Un liquide bien savoureux qui est, pour moi, un peu difficile à boire.
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Poured into a snifter. About 7 ounces or so. 2011 vintage.
3.5 A: Black color. Small head that fell quickly and left no lacing. This is about what I would expect from a beer of this magnitude.
3.5 S: Super boozy a la rubbing alcohol. Strange almost tangy caramel. Moderate roast. Shit tons of molasses. Bourbon booziness is second to rubbing alcohol. Leather and light fruits from the barrels.
2.0 T: This is booze gone wild. Insanely boozy. So much booze. Strange tangy caramel is back in full force with a molasses explosion. Sickeningly sweet - the residual sugar is the only thing that puts the booze in its place. Maple syrup and diabetes. Big bourbon. For as big as this is, there isn’t a whole lot going on. Rather, there’s just a few flavors that slap your palate silly. If there’s subtlety in this, it’s well hidden under the booze and sugar.
2.5 M: Super thick, but despite this, its lacking craminess. Hot throughout. Could use more carbonation.
1.5 D: This is a nasty, violent, and disease causing beer. I’m pretty sure I had temporary alcohol poisoning while I felt my beta cells shutting down. If I am still diabetes free, then I guess I won. I finished my glass, but didn’t want to and certainly didn’t want any more. If I ever want to drink this again, I’ll save myself some money and mix equal parts vodka and maple syrup. Beers of this nature can be done with great success. Kuhnhenn’s Solar Eclipse presents with the same booziness you’d find in a 7% IPA. WWS is a decent beer that becomes fantastic with age. This is a utter failure of an 18% stout.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage. So freaking good. Black body with no head really at all. Tastes like malt and awesome.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2011 Batch, from mashmaster. Thanks Tom! Aroma has huge notes of roasted molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits, port and sherry. Very rich aroma. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass with a small fizzy brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor has a very heavy sweetness and medium bitterness. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily soft with a long finish and noticeable alcohol burn. Overall a monster brew that really takes the style to the extreme. The sherry/port aromas are wonderful and the bourbon is well integrated but this thing is so huge that it cannot help but be cloying. I didn’t think this one would live up to the hype but it did. Thoroughly enjoyed it.