nearbeer (5606) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2015
12 oz that appears to have been bottled in January 2013. Pour is black with a lasting meringue-like foam. Aroma is spicy toffee, and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Front tastes of tart green apple. Finish has some coffee and green herb. Very bipolar and no barrel presence to speak of. Medium body leans to the dry side with the acidic roast and the tartness. Medium carbonation and well-hidden abv. After rating and then reading others, this bottle might have been slightly infected. DrunkSanta410 (972) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle at home thanks to Jeff (drfabulous). Pours dark brown / black, lots of carbonation and an overwhelming head. I’m pretty sure I didn’t just pour poorly. Wowza. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon. Taste is light bourbon, chocolate and coffee, vanilla. A bit dr. Pepper ish. Mouth is overwhelmed by carbonation. A little out of place here. Flavors are decent, but the body and carbonation needs work. willisread (3651) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Nice vanilla, cacao and bourbon notes on the nose. Taste is thin-bodied and watery. Carbonation is too fizzy. Fruit notes show up as it comes to room temperature. Overly sweet. Kind of a mess. climberbob (497) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Dark w not much head at all. Good aroma. Oak & vanilla notes. Looks and smells good but watery and thin flavor. A bit disappointing.
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Pours solid dark brown with small head that disappears quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, some bourbon/whiskey, vanilla. Taste is the same; not anything new coming through on the palate. Incredibly thin and disappears almost immediately from the palate. Mouthfeel is all wrong for an Imperial Stout. Overly carbonated. Not awful but the mouthfeel is so thin that it’s not really pleasurable to drink. I regret buying a 4-pack of this. Maybe I’ll cook with it.
alobar (3915) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pour tar black with a foamy light tan head. Aroma of grass, some roasted malt, and caramel. Vanilla, caramel flavor with some roasted malt, and hint of wood and some bourbon. Overly carbonated. Thin body-more like a porter. Decent beer, but still the worst bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout I’ve ever heard. mbgrayson (806) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours very dark brown, with thin tan head. Aroma is malty, with notes of wood. Tastes of a solid stout, with a hint of whiskey barrel. Not very complex, and a light on body. This is a decent stout, and worth trying. However, less complex than most imperials, and the barrel aging is weak. Can’t go ’thumbs up’ on this one. jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle @ Home. Deep brown with a very frothy white head. Nose is bizarrely lemony. Pissy caramel and boiled grain. Taste is strongly acidic. Something’s gone wrong. Lemon and caramel. Very thin and unappealing. Underweight, overly fizzy. A total mess. BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Black stout and bourbon! What a combination! Bottle from the new house from a trip to Louisville, great bar good beer. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Keg at Beer Run, 11/18/14. Somehow I never rated this despite it being in regular rotation for years at my most frequented bar. Pours a clear dark red with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, mild roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, cherries, vanilla, whiskey. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly too sweet.