ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
dhatton (96) - 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 thatís 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 (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
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 (142) - - 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 (770) - 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 (192) - 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 (5213) - 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 (5194) - 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 (3421) - 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 (1084) - 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.
ThreeCats (617) - 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.