DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to piclee for this.
4.0 A: I had to make an aggressive pour to coax one finger of creamy light brown head. Average retention and not really any lacing.
4.5 S: Aroma is just what I like from a -bal brew. The stout shines while the bourbon takes a complementary role. A decent amount of semisweet chocolate in this one. Indeed, the sweet character outweighs the roasty but not by a whole lot. Roasted barley makes an appearance next with a touch, and only a touch, of coffee. Finally, the bourbon comes in completing the very nice nose. As it warms, the bourbon comes through stronger.
4.5 T: Taste is just as good as the nose. Sweet chocolate stands out first, with roastiness next, and bourbon on the finish. There a bit of fruitiness in the taste that wasn’t in the nose: plum and raisin. Alcohol is apparent, but at an acceptable rate given 13%. It’s really hard to figure out how complex this is. The chocolate, roasted barley, and bourbon dominate, but it seems like there is more beneath. Bourbon, booziness, and a roasty bitterness lingers on aftertaste.
5.0 M: Thick, syruppy body. Good moderate carbonation. This is how I like my imperial stouts. Rich and creamy or bust. Relatively smooth with a warming finish.
5.0 D: Excellent brew. Great aroma, great taste, awesome mouthfeel, but the alcohol is a bit of an ass kicker and moreso than comparable brews (BCBCS, for example). Still, solid brew overall. I’m glad I have another one. I think some age will do wonders with this one.
Edit: This gets much better as it warms up. Drinkability score adjusted.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-21-2010 03:45:19 scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Very dark in the glass, small mocha head, light roasty aroma, gentle coffee. POW! Inky, thick, charcoal and chewy with a sticky reduction texture, licorice, semisweet chocolate and burnt oak. In the mouth it feels thick as putty, filling and lingering. Warmth follows much later. Tobacco, density, lip smacking. Leaves me smiling. DocLock (11191) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle from a friend. Pours deep onyx with minimal tan head. Nose is rich patent malt, blackstrap molasses, cacao, blackberry. Tastes dense on the palate, with a heavy patent malt, cacao, molasses, mild anise and rauchy notes, backup hops, and somewhat similar to Worldwide overall. It’s a shame I will likely never be able to do a horizontal with those two. lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2011
A nice bottle from a trade with Daknole. Thx alot for sending this great bottle over. The bottle and the lable are imo really classy - and backs the drops. It appears pretty creamy and thick when poured. Its black with really dark brown head, that only slowly fades a bit. The nose has plenty of raw bitter cacao, some caramel, coffee, some biting alcohol and some extremely balanced bourbon-vanilla, that so often tends to over do it in the Bourbon barrel aged beers.
The palate is creamy and so round and smooth, but still with a picking markedly alcoholprofile. The taste back up the impressions from the aroma and again the word "balanced" is a key word. It has a fine bitterness in the finish with sidenotes of hazel-nuts. An extremely good beer. skortila (6014) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Bottleworks. The aroma has delicate deep dark chocolate, some roast, and coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Black coloured beer with a creamy beige brown head. The taste is a bit sweet, has nice chocolate bitterness, vanilla, bourbon, woods. Creamy and full body. Really great balance and the chocolate is awesome in this beer. Definately one of the best imperial stouts I have tasted so far.
JulienHuxley (5985) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle, thanks to my SS. Nice black pour, thin almost absent brown head. Aroma is a nice mix of bourbon and chocolate in equal parts, boozy and wood. Taste is quite enjoyable, quite chocolaty with with a nice red fruit signature and a warm boozy bourbon finish . Palate is thick and sticky, with just little carbonation and some alcohol warmth. A very nice bourbon barrel aged IS.
Sammy (13017) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
Thanks Mike C. for indulging me. Pours thick black with nearly black head. This is a bourbon story. Bourbon hits you in the nose and is strong, with alcohol, in the taste. I am Ok with bourbon in moderation, we are not a corn distilled fan nation, but it was too much. Cocoa was also extraneous. This is above average body, it was finishable, I owed it to the brewers. Not as great as many other RIS I have consumed of late. caesar (7401) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2010
Bottled thx to NoiZe. Pitch black color, short head. Aroma of chocolat, roasted malt, some bourbon. Rich taste of chocolat and malt, velvety and creamy texture. Great brew! thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
(22oz bomber) near black with a ring of dark tan head. Nose of vanilla, black licorice, cola root, light bourbon and maple. Taste of vanilla, a bit hot with alcohol heat, reminds me of kaopectate medicine, sweet chocolate, cola root, and espresso. Medium-to-thin body. Wish it was a bit thicker and less medicinal. Very close to greatness, but misses the mark slightly. NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2010
Shared this bottle I traded at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Black colored brew. Moderate bourbon notes in the nose, a good amount, not overwhelming. Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma too. Flavor is wonderfully silky. Nice blend of chocolate, some coffee, roast and bourbon. Very nice brew.