michaelinwa (454) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Pours black with a low head. Nice complex aroma. Light flavor of roasted malt, carmel and hint of raisin. Not heavy or intense but complex enough to make this interesting. Finishes with the flavors in tact, along with more slight barrel notes. Just gets better as it warms. Would like to see more barrel flavor in this, but itís a nice brew.
Garbageman (354) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours a deep black with thin tan head that disappears. Taste is raisin and dark fruit with a alcohol warmth. Oak and bitters finish it out.
solidfunk (1790) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too syrupy and sweet for me. Smells smoky, lots of malt and booze. Some raisins and dark fruit. Pours thick on the palate. Aftertaste pretty sweet. More on the desert end of stouts. Didnít get a chance to finish this because some douchy cop told me to toss it near Penn Station. Bottle.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is dark brown with a small, oily, beige head that leaves traces of lacing cascading down the tulip glass.
The aroma brings roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, subtle alcohol.
The flavor offers a more aggressive version of the aroma, particularly with a bold roast / charred presence. Oak comes in late, with tannic notes and a bit of vanilla. Not as refined as my favorite stouts, but still enjoyable.
Pretty light in body for an imperial stout. Alcohol presence is light to moderate.
Overall, this is certainly worth a try. A decent stout in an incredibly competitive style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-30-2012
Crompt (52) - Clover, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very bold with the oak which I like but a tad thin. Hints of vanilla and bourbon. This is a really good BA stout but I would like it thicker and creamier.
callmemickey (1356) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown-black body, thin khaki head, not a trace of lacing. Light chocolate, oak, booze and roasted malts in the nose. Flavor profile shows an increased barrel profile to compliment a mellow, dark malt profile. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly slick and oily, no head, pleasant finish.
artmcd8 (655) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight aroma of alcohol and raisens with malts. Woody taste comes through nicely. Dark color and smooth mouth feel.
BeerZack (266) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle, I think. Smells a bit oxidized, somewhat estery and hint of fusel alcohol. Tastes of milk chocolate, marzipan and a hint of roasted barley. Good, but definitely not one of my favorite RISs.
burgy (361) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Aroma is very vanilla, mild alcohol & slight chocolatey roast. Appearance is deep dark with a off brown head. Taste starts out mildly chocolatey with a nice easy feel almost no alcohol burn at all! Palate is thick and viscous with a great feel, it does have almost too much carbonation though. Overall, great beer canít wait to age a few bottles!
Re-visited this after a 8 month aging! Great depth! Lots of the flavors feel the same but with more deepness.
jhp40219 (145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours like used motor oil. Pitch black with absolutely no light coming through. Small tan head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing, most of which slides down into the beer fairly quickly. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and black liquorice. Taste is cocoa, roasted malt, oak and sweet, sweet bourbon. Full body, creamy texture, carbonation is active but not too high. Long finish of oak and malts that lingers. Given how easy it is for this style to end up with the bourbon and/or oak becoming overwhelming and dominant, I was very surprised to taste that this was not the case with this beer. Instead everything is very well balanced! Overall one of the best tasting bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts Iíve ever had!