wedgie9 (2588) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted in late November 2011 from a capped 750mL bottle shared by unclejedi at his birthday tasting, a million thanks for this one, Jim. Pours nearly black with a garnet hue, and a thin collar of brown lace that completely disappears rather quickly. The nose is very complex with toasted marshmallow, milk chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, fruity date and raisin, and some alcoholic burn. The flavor is sweet with malty milk chocolate, toasted marshmallow and coconut, lots of vanilla, fruity date and raisin, and some dark chocolate bitterness. The body is massive and syrupy with average carbonation and a long oaky, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, and malted chocolate milk finish. It is worth noting that this rating is for the 2009 version only, as I have tasted subsequent versions and found them to be underwhelming.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black beer with a brown head. Bourbon and vanilla aroma with rich malt and toffee. Sweet malt and bourbon flavor with brown sugar, alcohol, and toffee. Fuller bodied. Coffee and bourbon lingers with brown sugar, alcohol, and rich malt.
JulienHuxley (5508) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2010 vintage shared with many people, thanks to Weisguy! Beautiful opaque black brown with red shades, although very little head. Extremely volatile, the alcohol brings an wide aroma spectrum: dark fruits, cherries, bourbon, molasses and coconut. Flavors are pure chocolate (almost brownies) and bourbon with some cherries. Rich bodied and low carbonation, almost like a syrup. It was very tasty but too heavy to be pleasant to drink in large servings. An event in itself.
Christian (12571) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol and oak. Sweet flavour of dark sugar, chocolate and licorice with bourbon notes. Rather impressive beer, given the ABV
hallinghansen (2682) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2009 version. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is toffee, sweet bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla. Just a little bit too sweet. Thick texture and nice lacings.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Review - As soon as I popped BT I knew I was in love. It pours black as night. Thick and rich. Really thick. A one finger mocha color head. Beautiful beer. I stepped back into the other room for something and I could smell the beer from about 6 feet away. The aroma is that strong. What you get most is the bourbon. Itís really big. Putting it up to your nose you then notice the chocolate, molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. It is such a big, complex smell. Itís just unbelieveable. The only other stouts that might even come close are Abyss and Bourbon County Stout. They come close but then they really donít. Just huge aroma. Ok I think you get the point.
The first sip and everyone after will blow you away. The first sip though is more of a shock factor of just how much is going on with this 19.5% abv beer. At that percent in alcohol, you might think a alcohol taste might get in the way of everything else. While itís noticeable and it burns your throat and stomach nicely, it doesnít get in the way of anything and you wouldnít think that this beer would be that strong. The mixture of ingredients in the taste are just amazing. So much is going on that you donít know what you like more. Is it the bourbon which lasts nicely into the aftertaste. Is it the molasses, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, or how about the dark fruits, or the sweetness. Yeah that much is going on. What you end up liking is the mixture of everything. Itís just awesome. The mouthfeel of this brew just adds to itís greatness. Thick, chewy, coats the mouth. The heat from the alcohol warms up the mouth and throat. Might be the best beer for a cold night. I made the mistake of trying to finish this beer by myself. I poured myself a glass and sipped it for a few hours. By the time I was done with the glass I was pretty damn buzzed. I had to hold off and finish the bottle later.
toxichop (597) - 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 GMís 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 (4066) - 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 whereís 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 !!). Iím surprised how much I love this beer or is it all the alcohol that make my judgement off-road ?
jstraw (1959) - 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.