JaBier (7394) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that arenít as experienced with barrel-aging.
thomashall (861) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark black with almost no head. Rich malty boozy aroma. Strong bourbon flavor with some molasses and faint dark fruit. Really amazing beer. Gets more boozy as it warms.
PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Murky, muddy brown-black with a large-bubbled head of milk chocolate. Sugary, tangy aroma: dark cherry, molasses, butterscotch, blackberry, maple, vanilla, dulce le leche. Fruitier than expected. The flavor replicates this bouquet, with dark chocolate covered maraschino cherries, dark berries, maple, vanilla, oak and a hint of burnt toast. Itís an incredible blend, and the alcohol is negligible. Mild, tingly carbonation. Some alcohol heat is noticeable, naturally. Creamy medium-full body is a bit oily and sticks on the tongue. Nice berry flavors in this one -- itís fruitier and tangier than I expected, which is what makes it great. Very smooth.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Near black with a dark tan head. Vanilla, toffee, Candi and chalky. Plums, dry, dark chocolate.
mymaestro (55) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy white with a thick white head. Light citrus, lemony taste with some residual sweetness.
BananaBi11 (30) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lot of bourbon and sweet. Very strong and heavy. You get roasted malt and dark chocolate mostly. But there definitely is coffee there as well as some fruit flavors that are somewhat surprising and almost hard to find even. I love the bourbon barrel beers and this one is outstanding.
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting, shared by beerlover_ben. Pours depe brown to black, beige head. Nice roasted and lots of mocca hints. Alcohol is fairly hidden.
magsinva (1197) - Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - well, itís very bourbon, which overwhelms the stout. Itís very good, but not balanced between the beer and the bourbon.
DiarmaidBHK (4442) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from wine and cheese place. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Lots of lacing in the glass. Big bourbon on the nose. Huge malt notes on the tongue along with the bourbon. My temperature has increased 3 degrees since the first sip. Not the least bit subtle and hangs around long after I swallowed. Very bitter on the finish.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The definition of Big Beer. And this works. Usually at this ABV level, Iím all "meh." However, this one is syrupy smooth, with a flavor to match the ABV.