Ed5388 (3264) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz 2014 bottle thanks to Alexsdad. Brought to room temp. Pours black with a small creamy dark tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel, and finishes with light dark fruit/raisin notes. Taste mimics the nose, with the addition of earth and charred malts. Very smooth. Not much booziness. Delicious!
Nephilium (1752) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2014 Vintage) Roast aroma, with hints of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Pours an opaque black with just a bare dusting of head, appears to be flatter then most beers. Smooth rich mouthfeel, with the expected very mild carbonation. Big chocolate and dark fruit entry, fading to roast, with vanilla, oak, and bourbon finishing the beer out. A nice sipping beer for a cooler night.
dysenteri (216) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 version. Pitch black color. Chocolate, coffe, dark fruit, prone. Great mouthfeel, oily and still. Lingering long aftertaste.
thepatrickman (1074) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle, courtesy of bigda83 -- cheers, Darren! This is one big, complex, chewy BA stout. Even after a couple of years in the bottle, there was still a considerable amount of creamy body, and the flavor was a potent combination of roasted barley/chocolate and a lot of bourbon and oak from the barrel aging. This beats even the greats of BA stouts (KBS, BCBS). World class stuff.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2014) at Hazel. Thanks Travlr for the tip! Dark black body with slight to no mocha head. Nose is plummy, dark fruits, caramel, toasty, roasty. Taste of bourbon, and lots of vanilla throughout. Really nice texture, very creamy with dark chocolate notes in the finish. Just very nice all around.
tsd08460 (964) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottle from Crafted in Haymarket, VA
Aroma: coffee,bourbon, chocolate, roasty
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
jc1762 (1058) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Travlr for sharing the big tip!
2014 bottle poured into a snifter showing pitch black with no head but a light latte bubbly center.
The nose shows sweet caramel with intense bourbon and vanilla notes.
The palate is big but medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Intense flavors of vanilla and bourbon but very well balanced by clean roasted malts. Vanilla throughout and in the background provides a minty mouthfeel. Creamy vanilla bourbon finish with a light espresso and dark cacao bitterness. Strong alcoholic spiciness throughout.
Suttree (6198) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Suttreeís into an adorable mini snifter. Black (as you might expect), with a ring of foam. Lots of vanilla, oak, coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very rich, viscous palate. Taste is a bit of pine, coffee with cream, charred oak, and of course dark chocolate. Yíknow, I rarely seek out barrel aged imperial stouts anymore, but when I have them I usually enjoy them - at least in small doses...
LRonCupboard (50) - ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Looks mega viscous and pours pitch black with a creamy beige head. Aroma dominated by sweet bourbon with some chocolate, raisin, dark malts and vanilla. Not excessively boozy despite the bourbon. Velvety smooth, rich and very full bodied. Substantial sweetness, but pretty nicely balanced and bourbon is subtle ish on tasting. Some carbonation but defo soft. Crazily long finish with plenty of sweetness, very pleasant bitterness and lots and lots of bourbon. Can understand the hype, but I would probably take good ol expedition over this. Bit of a barrel bomb. As bottle goes on it turns into a bit of a bourbon fug. Bourbon BAged beers get inflated scores on ratebeer - donít drink the Kool-Aid. Good, not great
cogitus (7) - - AUG 21, 2016 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours oily black, ring of brown lacing.
aroma of cocoa, slight coffee, dried fruit, bourbon barrel.
flavor is an extravagant meld of the same characteristic plus a touch of vanilla. Alcohol unmistakeable but not hot.
Creamy/silky mouthfeel, long lingering aftertaste highlighting cocoa and bourbon.