Angelmonster (173) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I believe this review is of a two year old bottle
Pours pitch black with a super thin, mocha colored head. Body is opaque and with lots of bubbles.
Aromas are heavy on oak, burnt caramel, sweet fudge, bakers chocolate. Dried fig, plum, and prunes emerge as beer warms. Hops arent present, alcohol is lightly detected but Iím not really getting bourbon. Head retention was bad and lacing was non existent.
First taste is of plum, dried fig, slightly oxidized soy sauce, kinda reminds me of Bcbs. Burnt malts and oak come next, surprised that for almost 11% alcohol Im not getting a ton of it. Guess its a double edged sword since Iím missing the bourbon.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and highly carbonated. Head was sorely missed, beer is slightly oily going down.
Overall, good beer but not what I was expecting from an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. Would have liked some bourbon, didnt get any, would have also helped to have some head retention throughout the beer.
bierenjoyer1 (91) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malts, cocoa, coffee, fig, bourbon and oak permeate the aroma. Pours black with a medium brown down that dissapates. The taste is big with malt, cocoa, liquorice, fig, coffee, bourbon, smoked oak, and alcohol but this brew does not have that typical heavy feel of big barrel aged stouts. The palate is malty with some residual carbonation. This is a very good sipping beer that should sit for about 15 minutes before enjoying so the aroms and flavors can reveal themselves.
superspak (4222) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter glass, bottled in Spring 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, dark bread, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak/bourbon spiciness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible BA imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering.
PorterPounder (6893) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Florida - ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Deep, dark sable black pour, silky, mocha colored head that leaves a light film of lacing. Aroma has some solid chocolate accents, subtle bourbon accents, a touch of creosote and licorice. Solid barrel-aged flavor, not over-wrought or cloying like some BAs can be. Nice chocolate undertones, some licorice, subtle espresso notes in the finish. Silky smooth mouthful. Very enjoyable way to while away a. Ice Christmas evening.
mstrcrwly (890) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured into a snifter..black with a thin tan head..aroma of bourbon and
chocolate,coffee,oak..tastes of bourbon,coffee,chocolate..not as good as the
non BA version.
bulldogp04 (21) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Midnight black with a mocha head. Typical for a well brewed stout. Beautiful bourbon millk chocolate imperial stout nose. Light coffee and medium roasted malts. Slight vanilla and oak on the nose with just a bit of alcohol. In the taste, decadent triple layer chocolate cake balanced by medium coffee-like roast bitterness, mild oak tannins, and light bourbon warmth. Palate is not thick and viscous, but rather has a nice level of carbonation that makes it more drinkable than most imperial or bourbon aged imperial stouts. Donít mistake this for the type of carb that almost takes the flavor out of decadent beers like this, rather it allows you to drink an entire bottle without feeling weighed down! Excellent example of the style up their with the likes of black note and good examples of bourbon plead the fifth.
Shot (362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a thick beige head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. It smells like a decadent chocolate cake. Flavors are bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, raisin, plum and toffee. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful, delicious, decadent beer. Outstanding!
solidfunk (6741) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well done barrel aged stout. Roast and caramel. Some dark chocolate. Thick creamy consistency. Bourbon and some booze. Pours black with good mocha head. Bittersweet finish. Tap at proletariat.
FunkyF (704) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Provsmak pŚ good beer nyc. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Mustig chokladdoft. Lite stickig kolsyra med rejšl bourbon och chokladsmak.
trapped (1951) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jsquire. Inky black with small foamy beige head with great endurance, mocha aroma, low carbonation, milky chocolate taste with strong whisky overtones, full body, long mocha finish with whisky aftertaste. Great imperial stout, with a tad too much whisky influence.