cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is jet black with a caramel brown head. Nose has a nice balance of oak and lightly roasty malt, full malt profile of rich dark malt, dark chocolate, and virtually no sweetness. Taste isn’t quite as balanced but still nice. The barrel is woody, slightly charred, a bit overpowering as the malt doesn’t shine through as much. The bourbon is there, what malt is there is rich dry chocolate, a bit of fudge to it, dry finish, nice carb and fuller body.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Winter Warmer Fest 2014
Unlike the previous sample this beer pairs well with the barrel aging process. In the vein of Stone’s Belgian IRS it packs a sweet edge along with the typical imperial stout profile. If it still on tap at the tasting room it is worth a pour.
Aroma / Appearance - Black fluid liquid sinks down to the bottom of the glass immediately. A creamy head releases waves of coffee, raspberries, dark figs, and bourbon aspects. It could be a little more Belgian but the overall balance is on the mark.
Flavor / Palate - Vanilla, peat, dark fruits, and anise warm the palate after just one sip. Future samples add a light layer of yeast. This is more imperial stout than Belgian ale. Throw in some solid barrel aging and the outcome is a pleasing experience. I’d send this out in trades if it were a bottled product.
Beerman6686 (6041) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was mainly of bourbon and chocolate and dark roasted malt. Flavor was similar, not much in the way of belgian character, may cut down on the alky burn a little bit, and nice blended bourbon. Good Stuff.