kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Draft @ FiftyFifty, 2009 Elijah Craig version. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head (thin) with attractive fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasantly oily, charred malts and dark chocolate in the aroma; tempered alcohol, warming, lots of dried dark fruits; I don’t see much difference from previous renditions. Dense, oily, full mouthfeel: lots of pepper, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits; some lovely oily and inkiness; relaxed carbonation; just enough bite to this - a solid vintage of an excellent beer. Medium finish: dark fruits, chocolate, nicely toasty, hidden alcohol at the end. 220.127.116.11.16=4.1
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; minimal light; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; solid pour. Lots of milk and dark chocolate, roasted / toasty malts, and a very soft, vanilla-laden bourbon / woody character in the nose; very nice, soft bourbon-aged imperial stout nose; some spicy, toasty graham cracker notes. Full mouthfeel: loads of dense, generous milk chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and nougat upfront; roasted coffee, dense, chewy milk chocolate, and plenty of vanilla-tinged, chewy soft bourbon presence; really pleasant, soft bourbon presence with some buttery vanilla and sweet brown sugar; excellent barrel character; soft edges. Slightest show of warmth. Excellent, oily presence in the mouth. Lengthy finish: oily milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and warming alcohol; toasty malts and coffee at the far end. 18.104.22.168.16=4.1
Courtesy of kmweaver. Black body with a small tan head. The nose is big chocolate, toffee, roast, coffee and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet, lightly bitter with chocolate, dark fruits, astringent coffee, bourbon and molasses. Full body is a bit rough with moderate carbonation. AWISLguy (3170) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2015
2014 version, thx H! Shared by all on the Wedding Weekend during the wedding night tasting. Very dark brown pour. Big whiskey and caramel nose. Some roast added in the taste, but the whiskey is much more assertive and flavorful than the Four Roses version, which truly is the key. 15.8 italianjohn (3163) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2011 Vintage Bottle #2817 ... Black pour light tan head thinned out light lacing ..... aroma is oaky, vanilla and bourbon, caramel malts and coconut ...... taste is of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel malts and a little syrupy with some chocolate as well and slight coconut ... mouthfeel is thick and oily ..... nice and oaky mellow and smooth .. finishes dry and oaky ... this is good stuff loved every sip Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours unclear thick but not quite murky with almost no head. Aroma is too light bringing light wafer like and slight vanilla spice but dies quickly. Flavors bring sweet and spicy and chocolatey balanced flavors, a bit of caramel but everything blends without anything in the forefront with spices balanced so well.
rxeight (3109) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bourbon and stout. Aroma and taste are pretty gentile. Had this up against a few other ba stouts. Not as much bite as some of the others. Not worth the price but at least its available. bergstaden (3030) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
Black with a brown head - Good malt aroma with some wood and spirits - Good malt body with wood and spirits that has a good alcohol warmth to it - A very good finish that has heat from alcohol, but in a good way -This was very good and tasty BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle generously shared by Dak...AMAZING!!! So excited to try this one and it literally made my eyes roll back into my skull. What an incredible beer!!! Aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Extremely fragrant and intoxicating nose that pulls your lips toward the rim of the glass. Rich fudge, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla blast the palate with the bourbon very present but not at all distracting. The "hot" qualities of the alcohol have subsided and all that is left is the incredible flavor of the barrel. Incredibly balanced, the flavors married well and each seems to enhance the other. Creamy palate on this nearly black brew...this one lives up to its accolades!!! Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
22oz bottle with purple wax. Pours a very deep caramel brown with a nice tan head, light lacing. Great nose of light bourbon notes along with vanilla, toffee and caramel. Nice and drinkable, not overbearing. ThirstyBird (2950) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Pours a dark brown with orange highlights and a small tan head. The smell is dark roasted malt, licorice, bourbon, molasses and vanilla. The taste is molasses, dark roasted malt, licorice, bourbon and vanilla. Medium/full body with tight/fine carbonation. Nice stuff.