kathouse (1234) - Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milk chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon aromas are so appealing. Beer is black with a light brown head. Thick and full mouthfeel is deep with oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a rich chocolate flavor that blends really well. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn’t overpower.
lightbias (284) - USA - MAR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I open the bottle, and aroma erupts from the neck in a smorgasboard of scent: bourbon, a rich, nutty European chocolate, ash. I tip the bottle into the snifter and the liquid pours a viscous, black-brown color forming a deep cappuccino head on top, dense and soft.
I sip at first; tasting. I experience a mirror of the aroma; I push the beer around my mouth with my tongue, bringing the experience to every surface and savoring every drop. Soon, I’m taking deep draws and filling my mouth with the creamy brew, hardly understanding that I only have a single, small bottle and that I shouldn’t be so greedy!
The taste is dry, ashy and a tad bitter, but the balance is sweet, the bourbon creating a small nibble on the back on my tongue. The chocolate with a very subtle hint of vanilla comes in to sooth the bite and creates an extremely pleasant experience. I expected boozy and I get very little, considering the ABV, but I can definitely feel the warmth in the back of my throat (my chest, my cheeks, you get the picture).
The finish is fairly long, but leaves me with a comfortable experience, so that I just really don’t mind having it stick around for a bit. A fantastic experience that would be mine more often if this were local!
svandyke (102) - USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Lager Locker in Frankenmuth- midnight black with no head bourbon. So smooth and good. What else is there to say.
Maddog (445) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dorothy Lane Market in Centerville, OH. Pour is a jet black with little to no head. The aroma is milk chocolate and vanilla. Very creamy and very delicious. Chocolate and vanilla accompany the roasted malts and subtle bourbon. A nice BA imperial stout. I wonder, though, wouldn’t it be even better if they left it in the bourbon barrel for 12 months instead of 11?
mixmasterob (954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Black pour with a dense brown head. Nice looking pour. Aroma was lots of bourbon and dark roasted malt. Bits of cocoa and coffee crept in, good bit of vanilla. Flavors were bittersweet cocoa, heavy bourbon, touch of astringent malt, light vanilla. Plus mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not too shabby.
DialSquare (3342) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Daily Growler, UA: black pour with thin tan head. aroma of burnt sweet chocolate, little vanilla, oak. tastes are dark roasty, bitter coffee - don’t get much bourbon. still good, but little disappointing as a variation on the base. think I like base better. - 7.4
tillmac62 (403) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.
Rich nose of bourbon over mostly chocolate, but roast and hints of dark fruit are also present. As it warns, coffee is noted.
Light full body with a rich smooth texture that is almost creamy. Normal carbonation for barrel aged with effervescence in the finish.
The excellent flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with bourbon, under which is sweet dark chocolate that progresses to roast and coffee, then rotates to a caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Notes of raisin, plum and molasses are detected across the profile. It finishes smoothly with sweetness, and a slight alcohol note, roast bitterness and a fading bourbon flavor.
GIJOE (920) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a huge pillowy tan head that lingers long. Some lacing. Nose is intense boozy dark-roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla with notes of coffee, bourbon, and a hint of wood.
Taste is quite sweet, but the hop bite comes through. Aftertaste is like bourbon filled chocolates.
Full body. Mild carbonation. Very tasty brew.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark black with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolatey, bourbon. Smooth, drinkable, really good.
njager246 (553) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge bourbon aroma, taste is dark malts and chocolate balanced wonderfully with the bourbon, so good!