Christian (12717) - 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 (2814) - 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. It’s 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. It’s just unbelieveable. The only other stouts that might even come close are Abyss and Bourbon County Stout. They come close but then they really don’t. 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 it’s noticeable and it burns your throat and stomach nicely, it doesn’t get in the way of anything and you wouldn’t 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 don’t 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. It’s just awesome. The mouthfeel of this brew just adds to it’s 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 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 (4174) - 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 (1962) - 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 (5001) - 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.