SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a deep, dark brown with tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is much the same with some notes of oak and whisky with a dark roast bitter. Medium heavy body with low carbonation....seems to have light oxidation. Overall, not bad.
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured black with a tan head. A delicious stout that would pair great with any brunch. Vanilla bourbon tones mixed with roast, cocoa, acidic coffee and sweet cream malt tones. The coffee really started to over power the bourbon towards the finish.
wedgie9 (1929) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted in April 2011 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade. Pours deep oily black with a thin light brown head that recedes slowly to no lace. The nose is darkly roasted malt, dusty and earthy coffee, dark chocolate, and a ton of vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon bourbon oak. The flavor is sweet vanilla and bourbon up front moving to earthy coffee and dark malt, and finishing with the more oak focused cinnamon spices, caramel, and vanilla. The body is full and creamy with light carbonation and a long coffee and bourbon oak finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a roast y yellow off white head. Malty and roast y body with espresso sweetness. Dark chocolate malt tones, and a mild wood and oak tone. Milk chocolate,a hint of pepper like spiciness maybe the wood and a cocoa bitterness to finish. Nice offering.
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another sweet ass bomber courtesy of the one and only ksurkin, thanks Ken. It pours deep inky darkness with mocha like head. The aroma is nice and rich and bold and smooth as well sending up big waves of caramel, fudge pudding, dark chocolate, vanilla wood notes, rich coffee goodness and some smooth bourbon notes. The taste is velvety smooth on the palate and creating such notes as smooth sweet fudge brownie, sweet coconut meat, veins of vanilla yum, sweet bourbon, smooth layers of black strap molasses and silky sweet coffee notes. Oh man, this is just yum-oh-lishious from front to back.
Guerde (1167) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle won in what turned out to be the catalyst for the free beer mania experienced about a month ago, and sent by the very generous ksurkin, thanks Ken!) Pours a very dark brown/black with a splotchy tan head. Aroma right off the bat indicates something is amiss. The familiar scents of green snap peas and green bell pepper greet the nose, along with stale coffee, smoke, bourbon, and oak. This is really an odd beer, as the nose indicated that the coffee would taste harsh and astringent, but the flavor is nothing but a great evenly roasted coffee profile backed up by a very nice integration of barrel to beer. Pleasant flavors of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and coffee all meld together well here. Flavors of chocolate brownie as well. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is appropriate. This is a very enigmatic beer, in that the aroma left a lot to be desired, yet the flavor itself was delicious. Thanks again Ken for the beer!
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, party downstairs at Falling Rock) near black with no bubbles at all. Flat as a pancake! Nose of sweet coffee, cream, creme brulee, vanilla and rum. Smells nice! Taste of bourbon, rum, huge vanilla extract that just sticks out like a sore thumb, coffee. Syrupy sweet body, uncarbonated. Wanted to like it, but it was just ok.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is really odd--lots of snap peas, and green bell peppers. Some char as well. Char again, chocolate, a little caramel, and coffee in the finish. Thick mouthfeel, smooth, long finish. Overall, a nice imperial stout, but the aroma is really lacking. Thanks again, Andy!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from sideshowe. Deep brown, almost black, in color with a ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass. Big sweet vanilla notes, with chocolate too. More bourbon notes and less coffee presence than I was anticipating. Taste is sweet but not cloying. More vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee. Creamy texture. Very enjoyable.
jcos (1527) - Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black. Aroma is very sweet. Taste is almost opposite of my beers I drink - sweet up front, hop on back. Palate is a little thinner than normal imperial stout. Overlal a solid beer.