Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 Bottle shared by me at the Star Wars tasting. Served side by side with the ’10 Blackbeerd. 22 oz waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled 6/15/10.
A: Pours a dark, opaque black. A thin and bubbly dark mocha head forms on the pour and quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Some light splotches of lace are left behind.
S: Light bourbon upfront melds nicely with light smokiness and roasted malts. There is a sweet, almost Tootsie roll like, chocolate flavor in the periphery that plays nicely with the smoke.
T: The bourbon is upfront just like nose. There is a more dark fruit presence with a touch of smoke. Roasted marshmellow, sweet chocolate, and toasted malts with the slightest hint of oak.
M: Medium bodied, a touch thin from the barrel aging. Very smooth and creamy with a little smoke on the finish. The carbonation level is medium to low.
O: This has held up remarkably well and is drinking pretty well right now. I can’t see it getting any better though and would drink it now.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-10-2012
Shared this guy at DLD. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.
A: Pours dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Very sweet smelling up front. Big whiskey character with a fair amount of oak. Nice notes of chocolate and roast with a light dark fruit as well.
T: Same as the nose. Whiskey up front with a nice hit of oak and sweet caramel notes. Roasty with some dark fruit and a slight bit of heat.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.
O: A nice stout overall with a big whiskey profile. I’ve enjoyed some of the iterations more, but this was nice.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2013 Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottled shared by Lunch at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks Paul!
A: This version of Blackbeerd appears a near black shade and has a decent sized head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
S: Alcohol and rich, roasted malt.
T: This was definitely an improvement over the regular Blackbeerd. The beer still tastes a little too hot, but has a bolder, richer flavor than the original, making the heat more forgivable.
M: Surprisingly smooth. Warming alcohol in the finish.
D: A tasty beer. I’d be happy to drink it again. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted chocolate malt, lightly smoked black malt and bitter coffee. Medium body. Finishes with a sweet bourbon/oaky roasted chocolate malt. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Craft Brewers Conference 2012 cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Dark black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Rich thick chocolate and bourbon aroma. Tons of bourbon in the flavor with thick coffee and chocolate flavors. Very rich and thick.
Bottle with friends. Black appearance with a tiny tan head. Rich toffee, dark chocolate, mild coffee aroma. Thick dark chocolate malty, big caramel/toffee/whiskey, dark plum flavor. Very nice.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Part of a 09, 10, Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels side by side. From notes.
Much like the other versions, this pours a mahogany, nearly black color with brown edges. A tan cap retains nicely and leaves a bit of lace.
With the smokey and acidic aroma and flavor of the base beer, it is clear that barrel aging has helped. Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee overlay a sweetness to the roasted malt, coffee, and smoke.
The taste is very nice. The flavor starts out with a mellow sweetness. Vanilla, bourbon, and toffee set the stage for full roasted malt and coffee in the middle. The smoke, oak, and a bit of chocolate add some additional character toward the end.
The beer is more mellow here as well. Fairly smooth, medium bodied, with creamy medium carbonation. A light sweet stickiness lingers on the lips.
This was the winner of the 4 versions I tried. The sweetness did not run rampant, but the Buffalo Trace was able to erase some of the errant flavors in the base beer. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle shared by Blake at STL RB gathering, thanks man! Poured side-by-side with non-barrel-aged version. Pour is a touch more viscous with notes of smooth roasted malt, vanilla, light brown sugar, and faint cocoa. This is much smooth than the regular and most of the ashy and earthy flavors of the regular are replaced by notes of bourbon and vanilla with smooth roasted malt. This is great. phaleslu (10264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! All these Blackbeerds have been long-time wants, so he knocked two out with one punch. This one was tried side-by-side with a regular one; it was bottled 6/15/10, compared to 12/21/10 for the regular so this was an earlier base batch. Very big, bourbony aroma with vanilla, molasses, toasted oak, caramel, roasted malts, and some dark fruits. Flavor followed along the same lines. Very smooth, with the ABV fairly subdued. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich, roasty, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. Huge improvement over the regular Blackbeerd, though I don’t know if it was the batch or the barrel or both. Re-Rate: The 11/27/12 bottling is solid but clearly young; very roasty and rich and might be served well by sitting 6-12 months. Just a hunch. Otherwise, still a very good imperial stout but the 2010 release was better. jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a deep black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of vanilla, bourbon, and some peat. The taste was sweet vanilla and caramel, bourbon with a smokey, roasted bitter and dry finish. Very good Imperial Stout. seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Tasted from bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, side-by-side with the standard version. Fun label. Poured an opaque black color with average beige foam. Possessed 100% true-to-style Imperial Stout aromas and flavors plus loads of vanilla, toasted hardwood, and bourbon aspects. Well-rounded, warm, smooth, creamy. High alcohol was disguised until aftertaste. I love that they brew with so many organic ingredients. This version was much improved over the standard Blackbeerd. Highly recommended.