elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle, generously shared by Cory. Pour is predictably viscous, black, with a small tan head. Aroma is huge vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy, lush, with a long mouth coating finish. Flavor is deep deep bourbon, oaky vanilla, nutty chocolate, and a touch of char. Incredible; probably the most well integrated and sexy use of Bourbon barrels I’ve tried yet. Does not necessitate more aging. sebletitje (10704) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2011
bouteille 2010 partagée avec Ibrew2or3.
Après avoir goûté une autre bouteille de 50/50 anno 2009, celle-ci m’a un peu déçu.
Je pense que avec l’age elle s’améliorera mais il y avait une claire différence de goût. Le tonneau reste présent donnant un palais réchauffant. Malt grillé avec du chocolat avec des notes de vanille et de chêne. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
22oz bottle with Black Wax
It pours black with a generous tan brown head. The nose had malts, vanilla & chocolate. The taste was creamy with a bit of bite at the end. It’s rich, decadent and tasty. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
’10 Evan Williams. Miniscule paint swirl of tan foam after an aggressive pour. Slightest ebb of sparse carbonation but enough to give some definition. Smells phenomenal with deep, warm bourbon, sweet rich malt, marshmallow, vanilla, minor coconut, oak, and chocolate. Taste follows the aroma and is well balanced for the most part. Viscous and silky in the mouth with some lingering stickiness as it warms. In both the aroma and taste I am reminded of some of my favorite aspects of Lost Abbey’s BA Santa’s Little Helper (rich, lingering bourbon of the ’10), BA Blackout (the way the bourbon smoothly glides through the sweet, chocolate malt from start to finish), and Firestone Walker 14 (the marshmallow sweetness in particular). Perhaps this bottle needs a bit more time but the only drawback IMHO is that the bourbon tends to dominate too much on the final third of the taste and the beer goes from rich and wonderful to one-note boozie. Regardless, a very badass beer that is certainly worth the price of admission.
SrSilliGose (3325) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
tap at fobab. doughy boozy dark chocolate. sweeter than four roses version. nice body. sweetness is nice compliment to the dark plumy, figgy fruits and the whiskey barrel. lotta rich dark chocolate. prob my favorite of the 4 imperial eclipses at fobab.