thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
(12oz bottled January thanks to Exiled) clearish deep brown pour, light tan bubbles constantly on top and decent lacing. Nose of coffee, vanilla, chocolate syrup, sweet caramel and bourbon. Extremely complex and smells incredible. Taste of moderate alcohol, coffee with cream, somewhat fudgey and chocolate syrup. Finish is a little light for the style, very carbonated and creamy. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.
The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Surprisingly, the chocolate is more dominant than the coffee but this is an outstanding barrel-aged beer that lives up to the high ratings that it receives. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to Brian for sending this my way!
A- At first the body appears to be a very dark brown, almost black color-but when light is shone through flashes of translucent bright cherry red are seen. Head fades to a thin collar.
S-Nose is quite interesting. Impressions of coffee and dark roasted malt come through initially-but dark fruit like raisin and plum are also quite noticeable.
T- Upfront dark fruits come through the most but there is a nice roasted malt component in the background. The roasted malt character intensifies and adds some bitterness-but nothing intense or overpowering and there is also a slight alcohol burn for the finish.
P-Medium to heavy weight body and medium carbonation. A slight alcohol presence but body remains pretty smooth.
O- This is a very good, interesting imperial stout and a nice ending to the tasting. The ABV is minimally noticeable. I found this brew to be quite drinkable and unique. The fruitiness blends well with the coffee characters. I’d love to have this one again!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-08-2010 15:02:09 StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 12 oz bottle courtesy of ncmussell, Thanks. Pours an opaque black with a small tan head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is big and bold with chocolate, coffee, mocha and raisins. The flavor is similar to the nose with a big chocolate presence, followed by dark fruits, coffee and chocolate liqueur. The palate is smooth but just a touch acidic with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering coffee and chocolate liqueurs. overall: A very respectable take on the RIS, much enjoyed. phaleslu (10336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 12 oz. bottle from markwise- big thanks, Mark! Pours a hazy dark brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving only small traces behind. Aroma of fresh coffee beans and chocolate, both of which are so beautiful and apparent right out of the bottle. Also notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, and just a bit of hops on the nose. Flavor follows suit well, with notes of fresh coffee beans and chocolate initially, followed by those of the barrel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and then toffee, butterscotch, chocolate malts, oats, and earthy notes. Incredibly well-balanced, with the barrel giving this exactly what it’s supposed to. Full-bodied, with a syrupy mouthfeel and sticky residue that coats the mouth and leaves such a perfect sweet and roasty lingering taste. This is an amazing beer, one of the best I’ve had in a long time and a perfect use of a barrel on an imperial stout. I’m not even a coffee drinker but if it was anything like this I’d be an addict. Wow. RE-RATE: Upon trying the 2012 version, I have to downgrade this one quite a bit. The aroma didn’t quite pop like before, as coffee outmuscled some of the barrel notes. The body was thinner, and the flavor showed less complexity. A lot of coffee in this one, to be sure, and if that’s your thing you’ll like this. It just didn’t have what I loved about it in previous vintages, and man, the body is really thin here. Re-Rate: The 2013 vintage is back. Much better.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2010
Pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy tan head.Wonderful aromas of chocolate,vanilla,roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is bold, bitter malt alcohol flavor that is right up in your face! It then mellows down to a nice roasted malt flavor that has chocolate undertones.The ending is way better than the start.Thanks BBL for the hook up! MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2010
Shared by PittBeerGirl (BA)!adrian910ss (2582) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 6, 2010
Translucent cherry mahogany with a thin white ring for a head. A balanced nose of fruit sweetness in cherry and plum and some bitterness due to the coffee. Flavor is similar, a bit more alcohol to combine with coffee and fruit elements, and additionally, an off-note of of smoked earthy sweetness. A bit thin and alcoholic in the finish, and though somewhat straightforward, the balance is appreciated.
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized beige-light brown head. Aroma of light bourbon, faint vanilla, malt and chocolate. Taste of light bourbon, faint vanilla, malt and chocolate. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Shared by Bobby at The Bruery sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice creamy head.
Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon and caramel.
Taste: Roast, bourbon, coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and rather thin.
Overall: Flavorful, warming, and very enjoyable.
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 An all time favorite coffee stout. Hint of vanilla, big coffe and subtle chocolate All rounded out with a sweet bourbon undertone. One of those bourbon stouts that gets it just right by not going overkill on the bourbon. pours jet black and viscous. My fav from Central Waters.