superspak (3173) - Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/3/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light dark fruit, and roast/oaky bitterness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The barrel character is very pronounced, but not overdone. A very enjoyable offering.
dhatton (137) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, dark brown, bordering on black body. Khaki head that’s absorbed into the depths below rather quickly. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, roasted coffee, cherry, and some oak. Taste is slightly boozy with semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, pepper, and toasted coconut. Silky smooth with a touch of honey sweetness on the finish.
SteveOrz85 (62) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle to tulip glass on 2/21/15 from a fresh 2015 Batch
Minimal off white colored head dissipates quickly leaving just a bit of lacing
Color: Jet black
Aroma: Oak, Toffee
Mouth feel: Very light carbonation, Silky smooth
Taste: Notes of vanilla and maybe some cacao. Mild sweetness from bourbon.
This beer seems to be inconsistent and vary year to year. Have had mixed experiences with this beer over last few years. 2015 is hit on. Enjoy it while it is fresh, I experiences poor results cellaring this beer.
e303 (180) - - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to beer tulip. Heresy pours like cola and has a light brown head that doesn't stick around too long. It smells heavy on vanilla, malt, cocoa powder, and booze. The taste is more whiskey than bourbon, more jack than makers. There's also the wood and the stout base with a bit more vanilla than others. It's a bit thin but has decent carbonation. Dig it.
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sudomorph (819) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12fl oz. Bottled 03/10/14. Pours black with an active, two finger, tan head. Aroma has big notes of whisky, slightly tart cherry, vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is balanced. Big whisky barrel notes with dark chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Creamy in the mouth with a set finish. Overall pretty nice. Big, Swwet whisky notes with roasty dark chocolate notes.
Mrnoluv (199) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet bourbon smell coffee and vanilla taste, very dry on the swallow. Dark color, this is a very nice beer.
kramer (5330) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear black body under a small frothy dark brown head that faded to a thin wispy covering. The aroma is heavy on the roast, chocolate, and burnt caramel. Lighter notes of vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, maybe even a hint of smokiness. The flavor is not quite as intense as I remember it being, it’s been years since I’ve had one of these. The roast doesn’t seem quite as intense, and the bourbon is fairly well restrained, making it quite a more easy drinking than I was expecting. The malt is a bit de-emphasized in favor of a little more barrel character, which is mostly vanilla and oak. Fairly well hidden alcohol, but there’s a bit of warmth on the finish. Not quite the depth and complexity I remember, but it has been a really long time. Medium to full bodied with a slightly clingy and sticky finish. Light soft carbonation. Doesn’t taste quite as good as my memory recalls.
jackl (5404) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Sedona. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is Orr of fruity. Plum and nectarine. Burnt brown sugar and cocoa. Taste is pretty fruity. Jammy
Blackberry. Pepper and brown sugar. Full body.
gam (3493) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark tan head dark pour medium carbonation aromas whiskey vanilla fruit chocolate liquorice the flavours whiskey vanilla dried fruits weak sort of imperial not much body to it or malt taste or maybe the whiskey is overbearing just not a go9od taste at the finish some fruit and chocolate but a dull uninspiring imperial
Sarlacc83 (1171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks Chris!
A: Jet black with a mocha head. Good lacing.
N: Cocoa, vanilla, caramel, oak. Coffee, smoke and char. Brown sugar.
T: Heartily sweet and bitter.
M: Medium body with a creamy tingling carbonation. No alcohol.
O: The BA RIS starter that holds up really well in this day and age of Black Tuesday.