ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2012 12oz, gold foiled bottle, dated 3/27/12, courtesy of Denverbeerdrinker on BA. thanks, Matt! pours a thick, oily, jet black topped by a dark, creamy, mocha head that leaves dense sheets of rusty lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of chocolate fudge, rich molasses, charred oak, and vanilla cake batter backed by spicy bourbon, brown sugar, graham crackers, and suble notes of fig newtons. flavor is truly spectacular, intense in every way, with huge notes of fudge brownies, pralines, mocha frappacino, s’mores, and candied pecans up front backed by rich, smokey, woody bourbon, charred barrel, figs, and hints of red wine with just a touch of vanilla cake on the back end. palate is huge, rich, smooth, and sweet with perfect carbonation and just a touch of bourbon barrel warmth. no way you could convince me that this is nearly 18% abv! overall, an obnoxiously decadent and truly marvelous barrel aged imperial stout. adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 8, 2012
12 oz bottle shared with Scott. Pours an oily pitch black with a thin brown head. Aroma of rich milk chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, oats and bourbon. Taste of rich milk chocolate, malt, vanilla, oats and bourbon. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12oz bottle: Pours a rich obsidian with a small creamy dark beige head. Has a dense, sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of bourbon oak and vanilla complexity. Starts with chewy viscosity, fine carbonation and dark malty sweetness with notes of raisins and molasses combined with a healthy amount of bourbon before a semi-sweet and smooth finish that hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Loaded with complexity, one of the best bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts I’ve had. Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours like old motor oil, slimy and pitch black, with barely a froth to speak of. The aroma is simply daunting -- boiling over with thick alcohol and oak. This drinks with a BIG, rich, chocolate-laden swirl, burning with just the right amount of whiskey oak. Wow, and double wow. Brilliant! (#4957, 3/12/2013) ryanfolty (2655) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
December 24, 2013 - bottle via trade. Black pour with some tan head that faded somewhat quickly. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla and some bourbon. Taste was a rich chocolate quickly followed by a blast of bourbon. Finish was a nice mix of wood and sweet vanilla, maybe just a touch too sweet though. Smooth and full bodied. Reminded me of BCS vanilla. Thanks for the recommendation, bvery, this was delicious. 2012 vintage.
chuckstout (336) - Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Nice bourbon and vanilla aroma pours a deep black with a creamy molasses colored head. Nice body for such big beer carried by roast, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon oak flavors then comes in with a big continually warming sensation. Creamy big dark fruit caramel cocoa finish. Just keeps gettin better with every drink! ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Holy. Cow. Vanilla, bourbon goodness in every smell and sip. Syrupy and sticky texture. Very sweet, with the vanilla, coconut, and a little bite from the alcohol but not much, it's very well hidden. An amazing stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kraddel (9329) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle bought from Bobochamp
Pours black , small grey foam
Smell is sweet, malty .
Taste is bitter, coffee, chocolate, sweet , bourbon , oak , very full, thick beer . Awesome , really my kind of beer ! litgeekandrew (3) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
Roasted cashews and soy on the nose. Strong taste of dark chocolate and bourbon barrel, of course. Some notes of dried fruit as it warms up. Nothing special about the appearance--minimal head and no lacing. Very slight alcohol burn, but less than expected for the ABV. zoucrew102 (2236) - - APR 12, 2015
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Wonderful aroma of rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Pours deep black colored with a thin light brown head with good retention and some lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a thick, oily mouthfeel. Finishes delightfully smooth with excellent notes of bourbon and vanilla joining the other flavors and complementing them nicely with the rich chocolate clinging to the palate making the beer last longer. Absolutely wonderful brew with all of the flavors balancing each other nicely to make a truly elite stout.