48FanInCali (610) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - Waited to have a second bottle before rating since I found this to be a drop off from the non-BA version which I rated a 4.2. Pitch black pour with off white head and minimal retention. Nose is super roasty with chocolate and coffee present. Very little bourbon or barrel character on the nose. Taste has the roasty punch that I have come to love from the non-BA version. What seems to be absent is, again, any barrel characteristics. No vanilla, bourbon, etc..... Although I have plenty to cellar I do not believe extended aging is going to do much for this one.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old favorite hits the barrel, the first BB beer I’ve done in a while... time to see how this holds up. Black pour with the usual mocha head that dissipates to a film. Lovely aroma of dark chocolate, bready boozey cake, dark fruits, light burnt caramel and vanilla spice. Flavors of dark chocolate, light bourbon, a bit of wood, dates and spice. Boozey, bittersweet, light woodiness and a bit of licorice bite. Mouthfeel is lighter than what I would’ve imagined, not a light beer by any stretch but the barrel thinned some of the chewiness I expect from the regular offering. The finish is booze soaked fruit and a bit of roasted bitterness that lingers. Overall, not real heat that I would expect from some lesser BB offerings... up there with the more elegant BB beers and while it’s not a style I indulge in too often anymore this is certainly a fine example of the the style and BB practice. My only gripe being was the hope that the body was as big as the aroma led me to believe and that the booze becomes a bit more apparent upon warmth.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black color with a brown head. Lots of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Straight forward but really damn tasty. Very well crafted.
crossovert (5629) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CErtainly a worhty ba impy stout, rich bourbon, chocolate, not too too boozy, boozy smell.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with red hue and trim espresso head. Aroma wood, cocoa. Taste is sweet. Good.
jtclockwork (6218) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of vanilla, bourbon, sweet chocolate, chocolate syrup, really sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, oak and chopped nuts. The nuttiness saves this from being an overly sweet disaster. Still a bit too sweet for me. Medium body.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kaaaablawhaaa. This imperial stout does it all right. Massive chocolate aroma with pleasant vanilla and whiskey notes. Check. Opaque black thick body with 2 fingers of dark brown head. Check. Smooth balance that blends sweet chocolate with light burnt malt bitterness. Check. A high alcohol content that remains partially hidden, and never fusel. Check. Bring more. Quickly.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a very dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was big bourbon, fudge, light smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is similar, but not as big on the bourbon, very well rounded combo of a great impy and ba qualities . Not closing at all and even at 11% i could easily have a few of these.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Why in the world did I pay $7.99 for 12oz? An impulsive moment for me, and in retrospect a stupid one. This beer is good but far from great. Black pour, sort of flat. Nose is lots of vanilla, slightly sour oak notes, hints of chocolate. Lots more sweet chocolate, syrupy sweet, and a bit of chocolate bitterness on the finish. Far from worth the cost.
geowel (1) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good taste at first but as it warmed up, too much of a bourbon taste for me.