ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
Strykzone (4194) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from wchesser. Deep black pour with a classic tan head that has good retention. Roasted aromas with light vanilla. Later bourbon emerges. Wood flavor with roasted notes. Cocoa is dry rather than milk chocolate. Some acid and citrus hops in the background. Bourbon flavors grow mid way through but are not over powering at all. Somehow a hint of spice gets in at the finish. The wood, cocoa, roast, and bourbon all balance out well with room for a few subtleties that come through.
rdixon77 (351) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with light coming through. Strong vanilla and bourbon in the nose. Tastes of toasted dark malts, sweet bourbon, oak. Boozy but a little thin. Okay stuff.
b3shine (3488) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; a semi-opaque dark cola with beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, chocolate, roast, oak, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced, with a thin, average (at best) mouthfeel. Eh.
jdobbs (221) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dark smokey whiskey and oak. The taste is Malty sweet up front followed by an intense smokey bitterness that is accented by the oak aged whiskey barrels. Very dark and robust with a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. Good on a special occasion.
harrymel (419) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Jan, 2012
Black, little ring of tan foam about the beer. Smells like licorice, blackberry, malt, graham, some toasted oats, and a touch of oak. Nice flavor, lots of roasted and toasted malts, some raisin, plum, oats, oak, licorice, booze and molasses. Medium on full bodied with a tight, moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Itís a decent beer.
glennmastrange (2025) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted and dark chocolate, light resin and meat for the hops and yeast, with notes of wood, smoke, toffee, vanilla, cola and whiskey. Head is small, fizzy/frothy, light brown with no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown.Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately bittersweet. Palate is medium to full, slick, with a soft carbonation and a moderately alcoholic and dry finish. Nice Imperial Stout, a bit boozy, but that just makes it more of a warming beer.
b33r (585) - Cleveland, Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with quickly diminishing light brown head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet & sour with whiskey notes. Flavor has nice cocoa malts with strong whiskey flavor. Pretty smooth and well balanced.
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
S: Sweet Bourbon, Vanilla, Dark Malts, Mild Roasty
T: Bourbon, Mildly Roasted Dark Malts, Mild Vanilla
M: Average Carbonation, Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mild Boozy
Overall, a pretty solid oaked stout with a great taste that doesnt knock you out.
mverity (113) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is superb, pitch black with a light brown/tan head. The aroma is wonderful, full of licorice, leather, dark malt, and a pleasant smell of dog breath. Taste is of vanilla, burnt oak, a touch of bourbon, and roasted malt (duh). Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous. Great beer!
Dan269605 (135) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not very into this one, unfortunately. Dark brown, purplish hues, small, quickly dissipating brown head. Interesting nose, not as big as expected, roasted notes typical of a stout, some barrel characteristics. Taste is all over the place for me, Iím missing the big roasted notes of coffee and chocolate usually present in imperial stouts. I get sweetness upfront, dark fruit, cherries and slight roasted bitterness toward the end. I canít exactly put my finger on it, but I like imperial stouts and I like whiskey, but this one doesnít really work for me.