Loineshawn (3011) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 Chill Iowa tick offered by the alum. Consumed all sample offered. @wedding just not just now. Potent notes of molasses smooth chocolately bourbon. Pleasant dark chocolate roast. Cocoa powder. Dates. Bourbon and roast provide pleasant balance to chocolately sweetness. Booze well hidden. Tasty well rounded bal stout. Super chill.
phaleslu (5209) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Silver-waxed bottle shared by TheAlum- thanks a TON, Adam! Bottle #127. Pours a deep brown, not quite opaque, with amber edges and a tiny dark tan head that settles quickly into a ring. The barrel notes blast immediately from the aroma- vanilla, brown sugar, whiskey, coffee, maple syrup, caramel, and oak. Layers and layers of sweetness and roast. Same can be said for the flavor, with maple syrup, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and cocoa beans. Medium-bodied - thinner than Mornin’ Delight for sure - with modest carbonation and a warm, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. The sweetness isn’t overwhelming here, nor are any other notes. They’re all big but don’t push one another out of the way or offend the palate. Man, this is good. I put it even with Mornin’ Delight because I like the bigger body there and extra splash of complexity with the barrel here. Lives up to its billing.
barn0216 (305) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black with very brown head, initially creamy but disappears after a couple of minutes leaving a ring of foam around the circumference of the grads. Super sticky. Strong sweet aroma, bourbon barrel aging is evident, kind of syrupy chocolate/fig/molasses combination. Sweet sweet sweet flavor. Reminds me of Morning Delight with muted maple tones and the bitterness almost completely deleted. Well, there is a little bit in the far finish. A fantastic beer but i think many would call this a dessert beer so your mileage may vary.
bytemesis (2176) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium deep brown head that slowly dissipates leaving good lacing. Aroma is incredibly rich bourbon, molasses, chocolate, maybe even dried cherry. Flavor is otherworldly. Quite sweet with noticeable bourbon. A ton of chocolate and dried fruit, maple. Light bitterness at the end. No astringence. Full body, ultra creamy mouthfeel. This is the real shit! At this level of sweetness its really a dessert beer, but oh what a dessert beer. The only real points docked are due to the sweetness which becomes a bit cloying after a while.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Dark Lord black pour with a small, wispy, beige head. The bouquet is a sumptuous swirl of fudge, coffee, toasted oak, vanilla and bourbon, accompanied by a hint of vanilla and a rumor of cinnamon. Full-bodied and chewy with pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor delivers on the promises made by the aroma - chocolate crème, dark mocha, warm bourbon and a light kiss of maple syrup. Sweet, cafe con leche finish. Muchos kudos to badbeer for shipping this world class brew my way!
newcigarz (42) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Hopscotch. Pitch black pour with minimal head. Incredible aroma of maple, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Super smooth with all of the components balancing each other nicely. Simply awesome. Thanks Eric!
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Huge thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this bad mutha. Caramel and bourbon aromas. Joan Jett black pour with a brown head. Incredible mouthfeel and body. Delicious caramel, maple, dark chocolate, bourbon, dark roasted malts, and oaky notes. In my opinion the best of te three. I couldn’t think of a better beer for rating number 1400.
biggsbowler (158) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Thanks Hopscotch - Pours dark black with slight brownish head, little retention. Smells of oak, maple, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Taste of maple syrup, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee. Pretty good!!!
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cfrances33 (22) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle and on tap... reviewed from notes on both, and no discernable differences between them. Pours a thick, heavy black body with a nice deep khaki head. Light lacing. Smell is full of sticky maple bourbon and coffee, a light toffee and roasted char. Really incredible aroma. An even more impressive taste, full of butterscotch, coffee, and smooth roast. Some maple. and vanilla bourbon. So decadent. Surprisingly drinkable given the richness of the flavors. Mild carbonation, and this lingers on your palate for a long time. Simply, this is the best stout I’ve ever had, and personally preferred to BVDL.
levifunk (12) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I wasn’t a big fan of Morning Delight. Its a good enough beer, but like fudge, there is only so much you can consume before it is overwhelming. Throw that in a barrel however, and something magical happens. All of the big coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup flavors that MD has, but the whiskey addition cuts the intense sweetness and rounds everything out. Amazing beer. For sure one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had.