kaips1 (75) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle to oversized snifter, dont know which vintage. smells of vanilla and dark roasty malts, hints of barrel on the backend. pours a black as night abyss with a small amount of chocolate milk looking head that quickly disappeared. tastes of roast and bourbon and chocolate and vanilla and alcohol at the finish. the body is nicely rich and slightly chewy and some heat from the 15.5 % on the finish. overall this is pretty epic and much better than almost any bcbs that ive had. this kills .
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2008 bottling - Black pour, light carbonation, lacing is light. Nose is only slightly boozy, wood is prevelent, light on the vanilla. Very light mouthfeel, not viscous at all. Bitterness rips the outside edge with a minor amount of oxidation. Sweetness from bourbon is non-existent, any BA flavors are all but gone, finish stops 3/4 of the palate, very short. ABV of 15.5% has leveled off to a water-like level. FINAL: 6/20 Appearance is average and the heat from the booze has disapated, however it came at the cost of the rich vanilla and chocolate flavors that the bourbon used to showoff. While this is not a drain pour, I would say that this had peaked 6-8 months ago, and would have had only another 3 months before drain pour would have been the option.
rogee64 (21) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick pour, dark chocolate head. Aroma of tobacco and bourbon. Taste of tobacco chocolate and a little bit of coffee. 2009 bottle so this really mellowed out, fantastic beer!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, no wax, i believe this is the 2011 edition. pours a silky, somewhat thick, black capped by a razor thin, beige head that leaves slivers of lace on the glass. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of cocoa, toasted graham cracker, dark chocolate, and roasted malts backed by charred oak, bourbon, vanilla ice cream, and figs with a hint of toffee as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with heavy dark chocolate, mocha coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla up front backed by rich, smokey, toasted oak, toffee, bourbon, and dried fruits with sweet notes of coconut and angel’s food cake emerging just ahead of the spicy, bourbon finish. palate is full bodied and richer than expected for such high abv with a lingering finish of dark chocolate, oak, and warming bourbon. overall, i was pleasantly surprised by this beer. it’s a bourbon bomb for sure but i think a year of aging has served it well and brought out the sweetness and roast to balance the bourbon heat. nice beer.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. No head. Nose of caramel, red wine, smoke, prunes, dark baking chocolate. Thick, but not overly so, with good, lively carbonation. Flavors of bitter chocolate, burnt toast, Scotch whisky. Very roasty. Very good, but burnt toast is a bit overwhelming.
MotherBrother (921) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour dark, as good as black, brown, with no head.
Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, slight chocolate, slight smoke, slight licorice, prunes, raisins and some boozy bourbony - woody stuff as well. - Quite tasty...
Taste is rather sweet, (probably follows with the 15,5 abv), but not too dominating. Semi-full bodied, with a rather flat carbonation. A little heat on the palate, which also follows along side with the above 15 abv...
- Thanks to Tom for sending me this.
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. The bouquet is a hearty, rich assortment of fudge, caramel, light molasses, pouch tobacco, coconut and vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with modest carbonation. The flavor is boozy and burnt, offering loads of molasses, dried fruits and a vinous hint of brandy. Finishes nutty, caramely and boozy-bitter. World class imperial stout!
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
27th October 2010
Opaque black - brown beer, tan head. Dark malt and dark chocolate nose with an unfortunate whiff of paint. Light palate with moderate carbonation. Taste follows the nose and that includes that emulsion paint tone that some barrel aged beers suffer from. A little bourbon underneath but the paint overwhelms and I didn’t enjoy this at all.
Huhzubendah (3546) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Pete! Review from notes.
This beer is black with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing. It has the look of being a very strong stout. There is a huge and powerful aroma with lots of heat coming through in the form of bourbon. Roasted malt is present as well, though secondary to the liquor aroma. This beer has a bold flavor, filled with thick roast and bourbon. To say that there is warming alcohol in the finish is an understatement. It’s definitely a sipper. This is a great beer to share a few ways and sip by the fire.
Pinball (11942) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black, smooth small white head. dusty roasted malty aroma, sweet licorice notes. flavor is bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, lots of flavors, jack D..