scotchzombie (350) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours shiny dark brown with an uplifting tan head of fine bubbles. The head fades to a fair coating. Aroma is roasted malt and tangy cocoa coffee. Taste brings a nice rich chocolate flavor to the roasted malt. Clear bourbon whiskey flavors that last strongly in the aftertaste. Notes of vanilla and a bit of coffee bitterness as well. Quite outstanding flavor but just a bit boozy. Substantial carbonation and body is a bit thin. I enjoyed this beer very much.
Gromis (18) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a very deep brown color. It flows like it's very thick; almost reminds me of a thin strap molasses. Very good taste. It seems like the time in the barrel took a lot of the bitter notes out and replaced it with a hint of smokiness. Very good and enjoyable, and I'm not even a porter fan!
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conway (1531) - - MAR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a 2 finger mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, marshmallow and oak. Taste is chocolate, cheap bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow and a heaping portion of charred malt in the finish that balances out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style. Relatively strong carbonation and sticky. Tasty, but I wish the body was a little more substantial.
AmericanHobo (48) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a coal dust black and thick with no head like molasses. Need roasted malt aroma. Balanced malt and choclate flavor with hint of chicory on finish.
Strife21 (149) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with brownish head. Smell is chocolate, cherry and bourbon. Taste is sweet cherry, chocolate, smoked malt and subtle bourbon. Medium body, light carbonation.
weissblau (17) - - MAR 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful brown Lacey head. Smells of brown sugar and molasses with an alcoholic bite. Flavor is surprisingly smooth with caramel, vanilla, plenty of malty sweetness and just a touch of hops. A truly world-class beer overall.
MercyDevice (348) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Guess I’m in the minority because I did not like this even though I love Imperial Stouts. It had a nasty aftertaste and tasted medicinal. Some coffee and licorice notes.
chinchill (1976) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle appears to have a 2012 date stamp.
Pours near inky black but has red-brown edges under light. Thin weak head quickly reduces to a durable thin ring, and leaves spotty lacing.
I find barrel aged beers sometimes have too much of a good thing, leaving them overly woody or dominated by the aromas and flavors of whatever preceded them in the barrel. This one smells like it may fall into this group, but the flavor is excellent, with a nearly perfect melding of oak barrel effect and what I gather is an already super RIS. This is not to say that the aroma is unattractive, it certaininly is not, just that it reflect a substantial contribution from the oak-whisky barrel.
Alowed to warm in the bottle, then improved with further warming in the glass.
atlrizzob (161) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poors black brown with tan head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, and bourbon. A lot of bourbon in the flavor with chocolate, wood, coffee.
VIBhunter (24) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance- Pours dark brown. Very little to no head with some lacing on top of glass.
Aroma- Oak, whiskey, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste- Wood, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, with some sweet and tart.
Palate- Full bodied with complex flavors of oak, dried fruit, chocolate with a clean dry finish. It’s a well blended beer.
Overall- Whiskey balanced well with the malt which made the alcohol not overpowering.