ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains surprisingly well for a barrel-aged RIS (though perhaps not given its ABV). A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Thereís a bourbon character here - and itís a wholly decent one at that. Notes of vanilla, charred oak, and coconut complement the chocolaty, roasty base.
T: Wow, Iím surprised how heavily the barrel character comes through. The opening chocolate sweetness is quickly supplanted by vanilla and coconut in the middle. It finishes with strong charred oak and a returning hint of powdered chocolate. This one lacks complexity - great chocolate character, though.
M: Tannic with a capital T. The lighter body and dry finish means this comes out more strongly than, say, BCBS. However, thereís still a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. If I have a (big) problem, itís that the texture seems almost inadequately thin and angular on the palate given the sweetness level. The good drinkability canít compensate, either.
O: This is a poor manís BCBS in every sense of the word. Itís not as decadent, not as big, not as flavorful, not as hard to find, and not as expensive. The mouthfeel is underwhelming, but I can really see this as a great introduction to barrel-aged imperial stouts. Hell, Iíd gladly pick it up again myself.
kramer (5108) - 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, itís been years since Iíve had one of these. The roast doesnít 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 thereís 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. Doesnít taste quite as good as my memory recalls.
jackl (4994) - 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 (3356) - 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 (950) - 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.
ThreeCats (607) - ISRAEL - AUG 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, with a huge mocha head. Aroma roasty and strongly alcoholic. Chalk, and dark fruit notes. Roast and alcohol carry through to taste as well, with chalk and ash showing in palate, along with warming feeling down throat. The influence of the whisky barrel is very clear compared with the regular version, and helps give more substance to the beer.
edgallow (2364) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and whiskey. Taste is whiskey, malts, and coffee.
bigda83 (284) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Is this really an imperial stout? I got barleywine in the tast. Pours dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sugar, and tons of sweet malts. Taste of booze and overly sweet. Def more like a barleywine for me than a stout. Was really let down.
snoworsummer (2504) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Smells like alcohol, vanilla, some cinnamon and coffee beans. Tastes like booze, vanilla, chocolate, some cinnamon, and coffee bitterness.
sonnycheeba (3789) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, light chocolate, whiskey, oak, faint spice, faint plums, and faint floral notes. Flavor is rich roast and chocolate malt profile, some dark fruit sweetness, light booze, oak, and faint vanilla; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with light brown head fading to a ring leaving decent lacing. Aroma is sweet and rich with bourbon. Taste as it warms is a bit too bitter with coffee. Not the best bourbon barrel stout Iíve had at all.