ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black with a small dense tan head. Aroma is mostly bourbon, some oak, chocolate, burnt sugar. Flavor is mainly bourbon, mixed with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar. Palate is full bodied, finished very hot and sweet. The bourbon is too dominating for my liking, not very well balanced. Just another massive RIS with a shot of bourbon, Iím getting tired of these. Definitely prefer non barrel aged.
AirForceHops (2369) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML bottle purchased @ Nikkiís Liquorís in R.I. Bottled Nov, 20 2011. Nose is spicy rye bourbon with chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is spicy bourbon up front with coffee, raisins, chocolate and a decent amount of hops for such an old bottle. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth/ low carbonation. Moderately lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden and is easy to drink. Texture is on the oily side. Body is on the full side yet doesnít fill you up or bloat the stomach. Overall, really great imperial stout.
Dr_Fellini (161) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. 2011 vintage. Pours a deep black with subtle rose color and a decent beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is heavy roasted malts and bourbon, with hints of vanilla sweetness. Full body with a punch. Slight alcohol burn. Excellent beer, but I think I still give it to Storm King.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a decent sized beige head that recedes quickly leaving some clumps of lacing.
Lots of oak in the aroma. Good charred oak notes along with bourbon vanilla and roasted malts. A few dark fruits peak in as well with an earthy hop presence. The barrel really stands out on the aroma.
..and on the flavor. Flavor follows closely with a good roasty malt profile along with some earthy hops. Tons more charred oak, vanilla and a good smooth bourbon profile alongside.
Medium to thick bodied with a good creaminess. Carbonation is a bit higher than most BA stouts, but it works well with the hops.
A very nice surprised and bummed to hear they donít make this anymore. Never been a big fan of non-lager Victory stuff, but this was one of my favorites of the night. I usually prefer my BA stouts, bourbon heavy. Itís present here, but letís the good charred oak steal the show.
Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at 4 Hands. Very dark with red. A nose of whiskey and must. Big whiskey flavor, too. Vanilla and huge malts. A lot to like here.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep black color with a mocha two finger head that lingers with light lace. Aroma is heavy chocolate up front with some big wood notes and earthiness. Also some bourbon, vanilla, and hints of roasty coffee. Taste is very woody with hints of hoppiness and roastiness. some bourbon and vanilla notes and a heavy chocolate presence. Medium body, creamy mouth feel, and light carbonation.
radio_nowhere (598) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Nov. 10th, 2011 so not quite 2 years on it. Bomber poured into snifter glass, opaque black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, booze, chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruits (plums mainly, some raisin), some oak and bourbon. Taste is the normal Storm King notes (well minus heavy hops) with dark fruit notes (almost like a quad) and bourbon/oak notes in the back. Heavy body, low carbonation, thick, rich, creamy with roasty finish. Interesting beast, I know itís Storm King but it tastes so different without the hop punch. The barrel aging seems less about the bourbon/oak influence and instead adds dark dried fruity notes. Very good, too bad this is all Iíll ever have :(
madmitch76 (12174) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Martin T tasting. Opaque black - brown beer. Big tan head. Light airy palate, a little soft and semi dry. Mellow dark malt, rich but not heavy and a little creamy. Mildly tangy bourbon. Well integrated vanilla and dark chocolate. Whisper of cherry. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Nice!
icehawk (609) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Opaque black, offwhite head
Aroma: Booze, dark malts, coffee
Taste: Slightly sweet vanilla, semisweet chocolate
Palate: Medium body, coating mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.
Overall: Slightly thinner than expected, bourbon comes through with nice flavor and a good heat on the finish.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[5076-20130118] 750 bottle. Roasted grain malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Roasted sweet malt grain flavour has a great bitter bite. Full body is fairly bitter. Delicious. (7/4/8/4-16) 3.9
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wchesser (893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nov. 11 bottle enjoyed in 6/13. Deep dark brown with some reddish translucent edges. Pillowy but fading head. Nose of some roast coffee, bourbon, and wood. Taste follows, with some nice lingering dark chocolate and ash. Pretty straightforward, but enjoyable for sure.