DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Draft at hamiltons: pours dark with glimmers of red light. The head atop is stable, thin, and light brown/tan. Nose was boozy with vanilla and chocolate but nothing too vibrant. Flavors are on the tart side of lactic and a little roasty. The mouthfeel is a little wet and certainly boozy...it may be a bit cold, but I don’t think the bourbon barrel added anything too good here...other than booziness and maybe a slight vanilla character. Bitterness is firm to strong and always in the background...just seems a bit wet to me and boozy in a unrefined way. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Growler from smokepot23...thanks my man! Nice brew!! Black pour, brown head. Roasted malt hits upfront on the nose and is followed by a nice bourbon and chocolate mixture. Flavor has a nice edge of bourbon, but its somewhat toned down. Good dose of chocolate and roasted malt. Fine brew. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 On tap @ Beachwood BBQ. Black with a one finger creamy tan head, fading to a thick ring and film before long. Huge amounts of bourbon in the nose. Brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and a tinge of coconut dominate with some roast and light alcohol behind. The flavor is much the same, though the roast and brown sugar have some trouble keeping this from getting too boozy and hot. Dry roasty finish with a boozy burn going all the way down. Medium body with moderate fizzy carbonation. Great aroma (very bourbonated, but balanced and not alcoholic), though the flavor was too boozed up and the body was too thin fora 10% beer. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours pitch black with a slight brown edge. Excellent oatmeal cookie and bourbon aroma. Flavor is very smooth and creamy and clearly barrel aged. Nice does of chocolate and dark roasted malt. Very nice brew. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2 ounce taster at the brewery. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla and chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma; lots of chocolate, mellow whiskey, some green apple, roasted malts and vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden. The palate is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bourbon. Overall: A very fine BA stout.
daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pint at brewery with mspindler and joetheyounger on release day. Good stuff, so I took the plunge and got the $25 growler fill. Pours not quite opaque pitch black -- some light does shine through. A finger and a half of frothy brown head slowly dissipates. Rather mellow aroma of milk chocolate and cocoa, toasty malts, wood, and some light booziness. Flavor is initially lightly sweet with dark malts and cocoa. Then more whiskey tones and some black coffee toward the finish. The year spent in various barrels (then blended) has done a lot to mellow this out. One of the smoothest impy stouts I have had. Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
Draft. A black beer with a brown shine under a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with roasted malt. The flavor is sweet and acidic from the strong notes of hard roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Had on tap with DuffmanSW and mspindler for my birthday extravaganza. Very good beer. Hints of coconut and vanilla, very smooth and mild bourbon taste. Not too over powering like most barrel aged stuff. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
On tap @ Ballast Point Old Grove...Pours dark black with a light brown head.. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon.. Taste is vanilla, dark chocolate and some coconut.. Better than the non barrel aged version. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in San Diego. Pours a black body with a reddish tint around the edges. Thin, khaki colored head that dissipates into just a light lacing. Aroma is pretty subdued, but there is some light woody whiskey notes, vanilla, dark sour cherries, and a light sweet chocolate. Flavor is more pronounced than the aroma. Lots of sour cherries and a nice, sweet whiskey taste. Some toffees and chocolates with a distinct dry, woodiness. Finishes slightly sour and more sweet than anything else with a light whiskey taste. Very smooth, silky, barrel aged feel with a slick finish before a light warming booze. Overall, I always appreciate an aged beer, but this one was just average. None of the big, bold flavors I really look for.