Ughsmash (7323) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Steve for the bottle! Poured inky deep brown (near black) with a dusting and a ring of tan head.. potent enough to leave legs down the side of the glass. The aroma jumped out of the bottle with rich, sticky bourbon and molasses leading.. further investigation brings out vanilla, sweeter oaky notes, and bakerís chocolate.. prickly, peppery alcohol on the back of the nose. The flavor began smoothly with aged molasses, vanilla, and lesser chocolate.. spicy, hot alcohol first appeared about a third of the way through about the same time as the barrel impression.. toasted oak, sweet bourbon, earth, and tobacco came together well, and rode out the finish on a molasses and maple base, picking up toasted coconut right at the back.. dry heat after the swallow. Heavily-bodied and syrupy on the palate with almost no carbonation evident.. heat was there, but perhaps at a reasonable level considering the ABV.. the stout was big enough to hold up to the bourbon, but it was a challenge to drink.
Pailhead (5430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Avalon68 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of a lot of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and light alcohol. It pours a dark brown, with no transparency, and a small beige head that fades to a moderate ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate and light vanilla. It finishes with bourbon and light maple syrup. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is hidden rather well. Medium-full bodied with light carbonation.
markwise (4624) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from trade with Yetiman420. Aged about 6 months, needs about 6 years. Pours deep black with minimal dark tan head that is resurrected with a heavy swirl. Lots of yellow lace in this bad boy. Wow. Nose is boozy as hell- whiskey, bourbon, and barrel notes with whiskey drenched dark fruit and and some chocolate hiding behind the booze. Flavor is lots of alcohol with chocolate, rum, whiskey, bourbon, and lots of burn as it goes down. This tastes like an exploration of the booze aisle. Interesting stout, but a lot of the stout character seems to be swirling amid the vortex of booze. More dark chocolate and roast come out as it warms, but this medium bodied beer finishes boozy and slightly chocolatey. Interesting experience.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a menacing dark black, murky and muddy with a thin tan head that settles quickly. Aroma is malty and sweet with strong notes of whisky, vanilla, wood, and lesser notes of chocolate, rum-soaked raisins, soy, grain, some hints of toffee and caramel. Flavor is sweet and boozy with strong whisky notes, vanilla, wood, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses. Generally medium to full body with a boozy malty finish.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at Hophead22ís Imperial Stout Tasting. Thanks Tim. Black with a nice dark brown head. Big alcohol and sweet chocolate and cherry aroma. Rich candy sugar, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, mild anise, oak and caramel taste with a slightly dry finish. Excellent.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottles from treyrab and hopdog, thanks guys. Can smell the alcohol, lots of dark fruits and vanilla, mmm, this smells good. Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, when it warm it just become phenominal.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of soy, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma on this thing is terrifying. Seriously. So much bourbon, and itís not even smoothed out by anything, I was almost afraid to take a drink...and then when I did the taste was totally different. Itís still rough, to be sure, lots of huge bourbon notes up front, but itís quite tasty, and not at all what the nose suggests itís going to be.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Pours a thick dark black with a tan ring of a head. Soy and bourbon are strong in the nose. Sweet sherry, cough syrup, maple syrup, rich and boozy. When I swirl it that soy nearly becomes unbearable but it fades to tolerable levels of alcohol and syrup. Sweet sherry, red fruit, lots of bourbon, chocolate flavors,. Chocolate drying finish from that booze.
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15,5%? Hand bottle filled correctly, thanks santa! Black pour with just a few bubbles trying to break through. Up front bourbon in a very nice way. Flavor has some licorice, toffee, vanilla, wood, plums, booze, raisins. Heavy handed with the tobacco, this one finishes very rich and almost smoky. Nice.