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.
katrinaez (528) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice oaky scent in a deep black color. Light notes of tar and tobacco but vanilla shows through. Rich coating. Tap
pinkzambia (1641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a tn ring head. Smooth aroma of bourbon and berries. Tangy notes with a sweet finish.
Scoobyluvshub (33) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darft at Pour Taproom in Asheville. Poured dark brown with decent tan head. Aroma was great, dark fruits, coffee, oak, vanilla, perhaps a bit of dark chocolate if you dive deep. A lot of oak in the taste along with, whiskey, coffee, raisin, sour.
JDBaker11058 (1516) - Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: silky near-black pour, with a short, dark tan head. Aroma: strong dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, burnt molasses, light soy sauce, and a light undertone of whiskey and wood. Taste: sweet, with very dark chocolate, espresso, prominent vanilla and cream, burnt wood, brown bread, and bourbon. Finish: lingering sweetness, lightly syrupy, a low and smooth heat from the bourbon. Notes: Liked this a lot. Often these barrel-aged stouts are north ot 10% abv and kick your teeth in with the bourbon. This was light enough that the bottle was a savored pleasure, not a chore to finish the final sips. The well-restrained alcohol let the flavors shine. Bottle from Total Wine & More in Fairfax, Virgina (Pickett Center).
hopwine (522) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is heat/whiskey, coffee grounds, faint cocoa. Flavor is same plus some red fruit, wet oak, touch of paper/oxidation, vanilla, chocolate more prominent than in aroma. solid especially for the price.
zizzybalubba (1604) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (bottled February 11, 2015). Dark brown, nearly black, pour with a short brown head. Great aroma of chocolate cake, vanilla, whiskey, and oak. Nice flavors of coffee and chocolate blended with vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and wood. Moderate alcohol warming. A great imperial stout!
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, a few years old. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oxidation. A bit light, minerally, somewhat thin but tasty.
maekchu (2667) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thick pruney nose. Dark fruit flavors, blends and moves into a light boozy chocolate mid palate, and then it flattens out. All fairly mild, compared to what it should be. 3-4 years-old. Unfortunately, some oxidation has diminished the flavors
kaser (3983) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from 12oz bottle from trade, at home. Off white head. Aroma is a lite fruity and toasty. Tastes more like a sour than a stout to me. Grape, fruits, whiskey and a hint of cocoa. Really unique. Pleasantly drinkable
TimE (4059) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color. Dark brown head. Huge bourbon nose with massive caramel, dark chocolate and oak nose. Slightly sour mouth with lots of caramel and dark chocolate. Slight umami finish.