b33r (882) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Dark black color with small light brown head and pretty thick messy lacing. Aroma had nice oak and vanilla. Flavor has rich bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla. Very good! kaser (6471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Vanilla , oak, spices and cocoa. Complex and great. 22oz bottle at Lakehouse. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2015
This beer is Huuuge, just as the first two were. Pours dark black coffee brown with a small beige head. Aroma is delicious bringing vanilla and some black licorice booze and oak and charred oak. Flavor brings sweet coffee and roasted malts and vanilla with the booze fading as the beer opens up, so nice! Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle: Pour is sleek, dark cola, with a modest khaki head into this glass - the head retains on the average side , with some light lacing presence. The nose is earthen, spicey, oak barrel - there is light vanilla, there is feint brown sugar, with some sweet fruit presence, with a touch of lactose as well. Unfortunately the flavor profile is muddled - This thing hits all the wrong notes for me. The espresso and vanilla coconut barrel notes start if off and are immediately hit by sharp bittering that jars the senses only to be knocked around again with booze. Heavy oak, with a touch of citrus melds with more booze and spoiled fruit - Spicey bubblegum and brown sugar ... what a cluster you know what GenDV138 (8059) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by a friend. Bottle #602/3240. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of whiskey, chocolate, roast, wheat, caramel, spice. Tastes of dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, light dark fruit. Full body with a dry and warm finish. Nice, a little boozy but not too hot.
BillWyce (1128) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle #2187 of 3240. Pours opaque black with a small, thin tan head that disappeared quickly. Boozy aroma, with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Full body, lightly oily with a boozy astringency to the finish. Flavor of roasted malt with a mild char. Notes of vanilla and wood linger in the finish. Think this would have benefited from aging a bit. Beerdedone (3521) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of caramel and some notes of dark fruit. Medium body, low carbonation, bitter finish. FROTHINGSLOSH (8449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College this beer poured a very dark brown color - almost black - with a huge foamy brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was very boozy with toasted coconut, vanilla, wood and a bit of dark fruits. The flavor was dominated by a very strong alcohol presence followed by coconut, wood, dark fruits and more alcohol. Very long alcohol and coconut finish. Thick and creamy body. Interesting the the booziness really overwhelms. chinchill (5466) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: APR 19, 2016 From a large shared bottle of DuClaw Divine Retribution #3
Lightly sweet and slightly hot.
Nice use of bourbon barrel aging.
Excellent lingering aftertaste dominated by flavors and aromas from the barrel aging.
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 13, 2014
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a tiny tan colored head. The head has a light level of retention, fading fast to leave a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy caramel and molasses smell mixed with a whole lot of roasted malt. Along with these aromas are some smells of oak and bourbon A little bit of a cocoa and some wood smells round out the profile, creating a very warm, sweet and dark smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins tons of sweet flavors of a caramel and brown sugar nature mixed with a great deal of roasted malt and some lighter vanilla. The vanilla gains some intensity as the flavor advances with the sweetness of caramel and cocoa maintaining in strength. All the while some oaky and boozy bourbon flavors begin coming to the tongue getting stronger and stronger as the flavor advances. Some notes of coffee and a little bit of earth joins the flavor profile more toward the end of the taste, which mix with the roasted and now rather potent sweet, boozy, and bourbon flavors of the brew to create a nice sweet, dark, and warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for the big sweet, boozy, and oaky dark flavors of the brew making this a very nice slow sipping beer.
Overall – A rather big and thick imperial stout with a rather nice warming but still easy drinking bourbon boozy flavor. A rather tasty slow sipper I must say.