CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (6791) - 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 (2584) - 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.
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kraddel (8614) - 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 (1984) - - 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. tennisjoel (1476) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2015
If this isn’t the smoothest beer I’ve tried at nearly 17% ABV, then I don’t know what is. Nearly flawless in almost every way possible. The only think I can think of offputting would be the sweetness. Definitely the top of its class among high ABV beers. Vanilla, roast, bourbon (not too heavy), chocolate, caramel all play a part. A malt forward beer to be sure. The palate is smooth, almost like a milkshake. A meal in itself. But this and the old Hog Heaven are my favorites, with Maharaja close behind. Hit or miss brewery, but this one is a hit. hackobock (4063) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
April 18, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2012 (17.42%). Received in a trade with Ratman197, thanks!
Disclaimer: Drinking this to celebrate my first niece (so I’m finally Uncle Jacob), therefore some bias might occur...
Dense black with a very small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, canned peaches, oak, roasted malt, prunes, alcohol and light dried fruits. Taste is sweet and bitter in a very good balance, toffee, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, peach. Finish is bitter roasted with sweet toffee, bourbon and peach notes, warming alcohol. Full bodied, smooth creamy oily texture and soft carbonation.