ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
hman43 (1114) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has coffee aromas with roast and a bit of smoke. There are flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roast, smoke and a bitter finish.
vipinvelp (3757) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, short lasting brown foam head. Coffee in aroma, smooth drinking w/ coffee and vanilla taste, oak and smooth whiskey tones. Nice. (Velp 201605)
jsporrer (628) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan ring. Medium carbonation with plenty of lacing. Strong aroma of whiskey. A little thin for a stout. Fairly smooth with some roasted malts. Alcohol is not too overpowering. Very enjoyable. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Emeister84 (2041) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Black with a mostly lasting, small neige head. Initially sweet, some roasty nuances, like a creamy mocha latte, some whiskey booziness. Full bodied, very smooth, very drinkable especially considering the double-digit ABV.
gdubu493 (60) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: boozy caramel, bread. Appearance: dark brown, almost black. Taste: citrus front end, tastes like a red wine. Palate: creamy, smooth, velvety. Overall: worth the wait
DBreskin (13) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious with chocolate hints and the impression of a fine wine. Consistent palate to the bottom of the glass.
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madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look - Small head was quick to develop and quick to dissipate. Tan medium bubbles head. Thick black body with brown edges. No sediment. No lacing.
Smell - Sweet bourbon. Vanilla. Coffee. Chocolate. Light berry.
Taste - Subdued bourbon. Chocolate. Coffee. Vanilla. Berry.
Feel - Looks much heavier than it is but still heavy. Carbonation more apparent than look. Bitter bite on tongue.
Overall - Lets call this Bourbon Barrel Aged Light. Average. I see myself hovering around 4 with ratings so take that in to account.
Bulk_Carrier (3644) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated 02/17/15 (born on), 10/17/15 (best by).
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim fingerís worth of tan to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds. Slim clingy slightly foamy lacing roams around the glass nicely.
The smell starts with rich dark fruits with a good amount of rich sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. All three meld really nice. A dry sweet semi-chocolatey aftertaste runs into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation comes across really nice and low. The dryness hits my tongue the hardest but not overbearing.
Overall, this was a pretty good Russian Imperial Stout but not a lot of whiskey barrel shows up. Maybe it was my timing but I wouldnít mind trying again fresher.
ljthiessen (1080) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, nearly black, with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasty chocolate and coffee, raisin, prunes. Flavour is much the same; a definite whisky note up front with lots of dried fruit and roasty notes at the end. Surprisingly sweet, perhaps a little cloying. Barrel aging definitely didn't mellow this out - rather just gave it a boozy whiskey note. Very tasty, but imbalanced.
mike5326 (1607) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a tap. Dark brown color, small tan head. Sweet pepper malt aroma. Medium body with a creamy sweet malt flavor and a medium finish.
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