Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured pitch black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma is very bourbon forward, with notes of wet oak, chocolate, and sweet caramel. Taste mimics the nose with strong bourbon up front, followed by oak, roasted malt, chocolate, and in the finish lots of sweet caramel. Really solid. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2014
22. Thanks, d! Pours jet black with a loose creamy dark tan head. Big chocolate and coffee nose. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Chocolate and coffee mid palate, dimensional and harmonious with nice balance. Barrel character is soft. Long sweet finish. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The khaki-colored head, while short at less than a finger high, has pretty decent retention and good creaminess. Minimal lacing is left behind.
S: Wow, this smells great. The first whiffs bring a ton of chocolate, only to develop stronger notes of bourbon, cream, and vanilla when allowed to open up. When it opens up even further, it gains a touch of dark fruits, along with some banana. I don’t even miss the low oak presence, because this has a fantastic and complex dessert-y aroma.
T: Okay, NOW the oak is coming through strongly on the opening flavors. This is ridiculously bourbon-forward, almost to the point of excess. The first few sips really lack balance, but it becomes more harmonious as it warms up. Some pleasant chocolate and vanilla characteristics develop near the finish, before the alcohol bite envelop said finish strongly. On the plus side, the booze helps to give this some palpable nuance between its roast, chocolate, cream, and vanilla flavors. I wish it was slightly sweeter (to cover the alcohol better), but thanks to its complexity, I am warming up to this the more I sip.
M: It has a pair of characteristics I like in an imperial stout: it’s initially creamy, yet dries nicely on the finish. I also like how the barrels didn’t overly thin the body out. There is a harsh tannic bite post-swallow that could be cut down some, though. Carbonation is slightly high for the style, which means it’s still rather low.
O: If the rest of the beer had lived up to the aroma, it could have been a local, readily available Parabola killer. Still, there is more than a passing resemblance to the Firestone Walker stalwart - it brings both the bourbon and the stout nicely, it’s complex, but it’s also rather abrasive. Honestly, in a blind taste test, I’d have trouble telling the two apart. I’d definitely buy another bottle of this to age a year. GenDV138 (7470) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 5/26/13. Bottle (2012, Barrel 15) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with half a finger of tan head. Head fades quickly, good lacing. Aromas of big bourbon and dark fruit, coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet booze. Medium-full body with a semi-dry warm finish. Beerdedone (3432) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle Barrel 1 of 15. Pours inky dark black with a minimal tan head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and oak. Flavor was bold and sweet with oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some notes of coffee with a dry and boozy finish. Full bodied. oily texture low carbonation.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
A pretty solid Bourbon aged stout, has chocolate and espresso notes. A little bit of a fake chocolate taste but not too bad. Nickls (2555) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark tan head, on a very dense black body. Bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate with slight roast in the aroma. Flavor is sweet, but not unexpected for what it is, slight fig, dark chocolate, vanilla and big on the bourbon. Medium to thicker body. jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Smooth flavor with a definite whiskey finish, and slight bitterness. Dark brown color, and a brown foamy head. WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Pours a opaque black with a small tan head. Aroma is straight malt with little hint of brown sugar from the malt. Taste is sweet and malty. Goes down smooth and leaves a clean after taste. Not too impressed but still a good beer. DCLawyer (2846) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with moderate tan head. A: booze over coffee and chocolate. T: same, with molasses and licorice. Smooth. Boozy bitter aftertaste. Decent.