pantanap (3155) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle purchased at armanettiís. iím also pretty sure that this was originally tapped at GTMW 2010 and dubbed ídouble stoutí... pours a dark cola brown pour with reddish tainted edges topped off with a thin light tan head that retreated to a thin film.... aroma of roasted malt with an equal degree of bourbon, and dusty chocolate ... flavors follow suit quite consistently with roast, cocoa, ash, bourbon notes, as well as wood. ends on a dark fruit bent. a fair bit thin in nature and carbonation was prickly and lively to start off with. the flavor profile wasnít that bad, albeit somewhat muddled... a fair offering from our northern neighbors and glad this stuff is now available here in chicago.
17thfloor (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a shinny near black cola with a small fizzy thin mocha head. Aroma is pretty nice, very Tyranena, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, really nice oak. Flavor starts with a coffee-like kick, rich, then a big mix of vanilla beans and bourbon, chocolate finishing with a pleasant woody oak flavor, bit rough though, lingering rich mix of all of the above, I could almost do without one of any of them. Medium bodied, soft watery, spreadout fizzy carbonation.
HonkeyBra (2484) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blackish pour with very small notion of a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon, light roast. Some oreo cookie. Flavor of chocolate, roast, vanilla and nice bourbon. Pretty nice stout. Definitely lighter, but it works as a bourbon barrel oatmeal stout. Could actually sit and drink a couple of these. Pretty nice.
Frank (2188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once itís starts getting cold out, you really canít go wrong w/ a big old stout and Doubly Down ín Even Dirtier delivers on the front in spades w/ barrel aged richness to boot. Itís dark brown rather than black w/ only a small head but lots of spotty lacing. The nose is great: rich chocolate, hint of vanilla and a deep coconut richness. Thatís pretty much exactly what I look for in a barrel aged imperial stout though there is a sort of old coffee hint lurking way in the background that keeps it from being perfect. This is lightly sweet and mildly tart but the texture is surprisingly light given the deep, rich flavors. In most cases, Iíd say this improved drinkability but here Iím sort of wishing this had a hair more thickness to invite me to linger over it for longer. The bourbon character is pretty up front and it adds a dried cherry and oaken complexity to this generally mocha-like brew. This is a nice, rich beer for cold weather and Iím very glad that I have three more left in the cellar.
madvike (2090) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Oh baby! Oil black pour with a huge frothy tan head that sticks around for awhile as I let this sucker breathe. This is how an impy should look. The smell--well, itís a little young. Itís hot, which covers up the vanilla and chocolate, though thereís a good amount of oak that contributes to the sharpness on the nose. Lightly lactic and surprisingly not much roast--itís a much more delicate nose that I would have guess from the look of it. As it warms some darker chocolate and espresso notes come out. The taste--well thatís another story. I love big, dark Tyranena beers, and this one is no exception. They nail the big, roasty, decadent chocolate flavors, which are sheathed in a delicate veil of vanilla, light toasted oak, and a subtle bourbon character. They certainly donít take a heavy hand with the bourbon, and it comes as a secondary flavor. The chocolate/vanilla combo is the star here. It warms the throat on the finish, and though a little thin for an imperial stout, it is smooth and has a bit of a powdered cocoa feel. Weird. Love this beer.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Bottle - This is another beer in the very tasty "Brewerís Gone Wild" series from these guys. Pours an oily black with a little tan head that quickly disappears - no lacing, but the alcohol leaves itís "legs" on the glass. Aroma is of malt, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of bourbon and a hint of alcohol. Taste is mostly the same - a little sweet up front, big vanilla - the vanilla and bourbon play off each other in a very nice way. Slight bourbon and even slighter alcohol on the end, starts to thin out a bit when it warms up and the alcohol comes out more - though still balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy, slightly sticky - but smooth, oily, slick, and average carbonation. Overall, I liken this to a slightly lighter version of Founderís Kentucky Breakfast, with a focus on bourbon and vanilla rather than oatmeal and coffee. A very nice brew indeed.
Rando7 (610) - Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Bottle pours almost black with thin tan head. Nice dark malt aroma with chocolate. taste very well balanced with roasted malts, chocolate, a little vanilla creeping in and a good bit of coffee. Not described as a coffee stout but you definitely get that sense. Palate not quite thin but on the light side of medium and I wish it were a bit thicker. Finish roasted malts, not overbearing at all. Alcohol disguised.
A cut below the great stouts but overall a very nice effort.
Headbanger (2471) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle 11/14/10 (Binnyís- Downers Grove)-48į in Snifter)-Pours black with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee. Taste of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is another kick ass BGW brew.
cbfobes (1675) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery, pours a deep black with a nice tan head and lacing through out the entire glass, the aroma has nice notes of coffee mixed in with chocolate and slight hints of vanilla. The taste has a great backbone of chocolate, mixes well with the bourbon and vanilla flavors. A very flavorful and hearty brew.