DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick jet black, opaque, from the 22oz. bottle into my snifter at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) complements of Joey: Thin mocha head. Aroma of bourbon, pine and little oak. Thick and oily on the mouthfeel, though a sweetness on the tongue paves through. Finish of bitter caramel and espresso, and cocoa powder. Alcohol and cherry throughout. Drinkability: The grenade launcher of well-made stout brews. Rebuy: I probably will never have the chance, but YES. #254 on 24012010, DG.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Big thanks to footbalm! - Pours out thick and viscous, almost black with a very small dark brown head...aroma is sticky and fudge, dk fruit and molassas, little oak...flavour is a sweet hot mess, sticky molassas and milk chocolate, caramel burnt wood and abv heat...it got better as it sat, gained a bit more dimension, either it opened up a bit or I just got acclimated to the sugar, but later tastes were more balanced...overall a fun experience, but Iím still unclear as to why everyone was under its spell...
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 1800th!!! Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oxidation, chocolate, roast, and fruity. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, some spicy hops, and a nice warming alcoholic finish.
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled@The Chriso Gaylord tasting. Deep ambery, close to black, colour with small head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, dark fruits, some ashes as well as some vanilla and plum. Flavour is liquorice, caramel malts, mildly smoked wood, plum, some vanilla as well as mild ashes, nuts and some alcohol. Complex, and just lovely. Apparently there are still some very very nice imperial stouts out there...
neepsntatties (1035) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this recently at an RB/BA tasting at Baileyís Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... BLACK! thin brown head. Nose... soy city! And the neighbouring town is Worcestershire (sauce)!! Molasses, too. Palate... thick, coating, sweet, boozy (but not overtly so), brown sugar, soy, dark chocolate, C&B Christmas pudding, loam, mint, thymol, light peat and one helluva long finish! What a treat!!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at The Bruery this last weekend, thanks to a certain photo shoot that went down on friday. Meant to get some more during the initiation party the next day, but I was having too good of a time drinking Two Dirty Hookers in the main room to make it over to the special pour room. Oh, well, the several ounces on friday was more than enough of this beast. Very thick black with a small head and leaves lots of syrupy coating on the cup. Massively intense aroma of chocolate and a shit ton of bourbon without the alcohol sharpness. A touch of oak, but mainly sweet bourbon and chocolate. Hugely thick and rich flavor. Very sweet and chocolate-bourbon flavored on the front on the tongue, but with a toasty and bitter roasty finish that manages a surprising balance. In the initial sip you donít really detect much alcohol, but it really comes out in the finish once it eats through the residual sugar on your tongue. Insanely thick and mouth coating in an almost gross way to be honest. An exceptional beer to be sure, but I canít really decide if I would ever be interested in it beyond a two-ounce sample every now and again. Total props to The Bruery for making a beer this tasty and envelope-pushing, but it really fills a tiny niche in the beer world.
Sledutah (3651) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Boise tasting 1/16/10, thanks to Eric
Appearance: Poured a thick black with a dark tan head
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, fruits, sweet malts
Taste: Sweet malts, Bourbon, molasses, chocolate, coffee
This beer was very sweet with some hot alcohols.
douglas88 (5171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle thanks again to footbalm- need I repeat my thanks- yes I do need to, thanks man! Pours a pure oil-slick like black color with a small beige head swirling around. The aroma is massive roasted malts, super sweet notes of molasses and rich candy extract. The flavor is great, a beast, aggressive- hell itís 19.5%, but somehow it works; smooth and very warm, molasses, roasted and burnt flavors, dark fruit, but not fruity more of a sweet vanilla, molasses, sherry flavor. It works, and is quite nice. My favorite super high abv beer probably.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Celebration. Imagine every sweet, syrupy descriptor you could possibly conjure and apply them to this beer. Then, recall every possible permutation of bourbon flavored ale descriptor that you have ever encountered and, again, apply those to this beer. Finally, anything that could be said about any other bourbon barrel aged beer will most surely pertain to this one. I rant and rave, but it is only because I love beer. I actually love whisky and bourbon, too. I even love cask aged beer. Just not in bourbon barrels. I just like my beer to taste like beer, thats all.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours out a foreboding black body with a wispy, wild, beige head.
Smell: Heavy concentrated, sweet-smelling aroma of dark malts with an equally strong, entrancing scent of quality bourbon. Mm-mmm!
Taste: Starts sharply, arrestingly sweet, then in rolls some dark fruits lusciously coated in creamy bittersweet chocolate ganache, brown sugar, and blackstrap molasses and spiced with some star anise. Even doses of vanilla and zesty, charred oak character. Additional dribble of prune juice and a chilled cup of Americano. Warming (though thankfully not boozy or harsh), sweet-tasting (but not cloying) finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Particularly velvety mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A phenomenal, fierce brew! Itís about as easily drinkable as something of this magnitude or degree of sweetness can be. Take it slow, bring some friends, and enjoy yourself.