berntholer (1581) - Antwerp, - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite dense beige head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is earthy, ground coffee, chocolate, bit salty, boozy. taste like aroma, liquorice, alcoholsweet with aftertaste of roasted malts. medium body and quite carbonated. and where is the bourbon supposed to be?? i liked the regular version more. bottle 37,5cl / bbf nov-2023
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light licorice, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate coffee/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted malt bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial coffee stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Samtzu (209) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Pours a deep black with little off white head. Huge aroma of coffee, fruits, and malts. Full body with the Coffee, fruits, malts, and a slight sweetness coming through. The finish is bourbon sweetness with only a small alcohol kick.
alteregoo (980) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Piana obfita, sycząca, szybko opada do chmurki. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta, z minimalnym brązową poświatą na dnie szkła. Aromat przyjemnie waniliowy, beczkowy, słodki, do tego kawa, czekolada, praliny, cola... W smaku intensywnie słodkie, waniliowe, likierowe, oczywiście sporo czekolady, kawy, karmelu oraz wysokiej, palonej goryczki. Długie, beczkowo tytoniowe posmaki. Wysycenie niskie do średniego, treściwe, dość gęste, wyklejające. Alkohol fajnie wkomponowany w wysmakowaną całość.
Nie wiem jak to się stało, ale wersja BBA jest mocniej spieniona, gęstsza i oczywiście słodsza od podstawowej, nieleżakowanej. Pięknie czuć walory beczki po bourbonie na tle palono czekoladowo kawowej podstawy.
Madsen1635 (658) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with brown head. Aroma has lots of tar, chocolate and coffee. Taste is balanced with roasted malt. Texture is thick and oily. Low carbonation.
Tognetta (740) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Totalmente negra turva, espuma marrom de boa formação e pouca/média persistência. Aroma mais maltado, amadeirado e adocicado que a versão original, álcool continua facilmente perceptível, mais chocolate do que café, leve defumado, complexa. Paladar de dulçor e álcool intensos, amargor chega no segundo plano. Corpo licoroso e baixa carbonatação. Final de longa persistência em geral prevalescendo o álcool/bourbon e malte, não tem equilíbrio, esperava mais.
AgentAle (1539) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is deeply roasted malts,caramel, fig qnd toffee. Light hints of espresso. Taste is rich caramel, toffee, butterscotch vanilla. Light tartiness to roumd a light hop body. Very very teasty. A chewy mouthfeel. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
melush (2932) - SPAIN - JUN 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 37,5cl / Botella 37,5cl.
@ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España.
A: Black / Negro.
T/S: Roasted malt, sweet, coffee, alcohol / Malta tostada, dulce, cafe, alcohol.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottled 9/11/2013 and shared by Chris on 5/22/16.
Chris was more worried about the age on this, but I think even 2.5 years, while maybe not ideal, is not such a big deal for such a huge beer. Granted, as he notes, you will lose the coffee, but that’s ok. Or that’s my opinion, anyways.
Still pours a respectable tan head atop an Imperial Stout-colored body showing good clarity on the edges. Retention is moderate to moderately strong.
Bittersweet cocoa in the nose combines with caramel, buttercream, nicely mellowed out bourbon and rich chocolate and prune on the finish. No sharp alcohol.
Very soft, nearly sticky in the mouth with prunes, vanilla, big, fruity bourbon notes and plentiful cocoa, getting a touch ashy towards the end, with lots of roast, light soy and rich caramel-toffee. A lot going on, as expected, but the bourbon is done pretty well here, though it still has that "De Proef" house character that I can’t stand (earthy, dirty, dusty notes (mostly dirt). Which is odd since apparently De Proef is a very clean facility).
Did not help that we had this directly following the stunning Night and Day from Trillium.
AirForceHops (6284) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle, I think I purchased at Julio’s well over a year ago. This vintage is 9-11-2013. So at this point the coffee is faded. But it still shows a nice amount of roasted malt, barley, chocolate.
The bourbon and the coffee has faded for sure. I really did mean to get to this sooner. Not the Brewers fault with this. The body and carbonation level are mostly faded. Still it held the test of time much, much better then expected.
Zlotta (2255) - Hagen, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.375 l botlle from ’drankgigant.nl’, best before December 2019. Pitch black with a medium large, creamy, almost stable, light brown head. Sweetish, slightly roasty, a little fruity aroma of dark chocolate, some milk coffee, raisins, vanilla and hints of oak. Sweet, slightly roasty, a little fruity and moderately boozy taste of dark chocolate, milk coffee, hazelnut, mocca, vanilla, hints of raisins and a touch of oak, followed by a medium long, slightly roasty-bitter, medium warming-alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, very creamy and viscid mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Lovely stuff! Had the base beer a few weeks ago, hard to assess if the BA version is better or not, it’s at least not worse. The barrel is not too prominent, the alcohol is still in balance, and the bourbon notes add some complexity.