tgncc (2617) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Via trade with Spence3208 The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, cream. Bourbon is properly restrained. The appearance is jet black, thin tan head. The flavor is Bourbon, chocolate, cream, licorice, molasses. The finish is strong booze burn, light pine, some sweetness. Medium/thick in body. Very nice variation of a nice beer. And the bourbon doesn’t overwhelm. Probably wouldbe even nice rafter 6 months in the cellar.
Ataraxia (289) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black, persistent beige head. Roasted coffee bean, rich chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, oak barrel, and hints of smoke. Initial sweetness quickly gives way to some acidity and tartness (possible infection?). Smooth and creamy but thinner in body and texture than expected. So much potential wasted.
50belair (1825) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared by Darkguardian. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Not much on the nose. A little fizzy, slightly acidic with mild sour notes. Definitely the early stages of an infection. A little thin in the body..
bubbleflubber (1700) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours opaque black with a light tan head that leaves a tiny ring of suds. The nose is of deeply toasted, sweet caramel and light roasts. Flavors follow suit, with smoked toffee, toasty caramel, bourbon-soaked figs and dates, chocolate and vanilla candies, oak-infused molasses and subtle dark maple syrup. The finish continues with smoky sweetness, complemented by roasted dark-cherry caramels, introducing just a hint of peppering alcohol. This aged offering has a full body with an oily, semi-sticky mouthfeel, integrating soft carbonation to make the quaff so very smooth! This is extremely comforting and complex, taking one of the most respected brews I’ve had and kicking it up a notch! Thick, gorgeous and beautiful, this is superbly second-to-none!!
umich03jm (1501) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours very dark brown with a small head that fades quickly to a ring. Aromas are light roast, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is very smooth but lacks complexity. Mostly just bourbon and light chocolate. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel, noticeable carbonation. Overall, a smooth BB sipper but nothing special.
Sikash (229) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice dark color with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy on bourbon with chocolate and some roasted malt. Flavor is bourbon, malt, chocolate, and coffee. Mouth feel is not as thin as I expect. Carbonation is average. This beer is heavy bourbon but I don’t sense much under it. I think this will age well.
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is thin bodied with very little to no head. Aromas of bourbon vanilla and chocolate. Tastes along the same line. Unfortunately the barrel aging has thinned the beer compared to normal siberian night. Whiskey notes are very dry and lacking in the full body taste. Simetimes too much time in the barrel is not the way to go. Maybe if they used freshly drained barrels the taste would better suit this beer.
Pailhead (4375) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of umich03jm
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, light black licorice, maple syrup, and bourbon with some heat. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, molasses, and light caramel. It finishes with light-moderate bourbon, light roasted coffee, and vanilla. It’s medium bodied with moderate-lively carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel for a Imperial Stout. Overall, the aroma leads to high expectations that the flavor doesn’t live up to.
zizzybalubba (1303) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Tasty Beverage Co., Raleigh, NC. Dark, black pour with a thin khaki head. Enticing aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, coconut, and booze. The taste offers a bit less vanilla, bourbon, and coconut than I had hoped for with oak, coffee, and chocolate coming through primarily in the flavor. The vanilla and bourbon are somewhat detected but are muted by the primary flavors. The mouthfeel is not as chewy as I had hoped for. Complaints aside, this is still a stellar beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pours with a nice dark body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up sweetness, dark roasted malts, molasses covered coconut and mild boozy bourbon. The taste is smooth with molasses, dark roasted malts and some smooth bourbon notes. These notes go well together and the beer and barrel balance is spot on creating a fairly rich and enjoyable sipping experience.