DrunkenHobbit (4) - Carbondale, USA - OCT 28, 2012 does not count
Without a doubt, this is the best beer I’ve ever managed to get my hands on. Admittedly, as a fan of imperial stouts, I’m biased, but this one got the job done. Rich, dark, and perfectly toasted, this beer belies its ABV by being suprisingly easy to drink. The bourbon flavors come through nicely, giving an almost vanilla-like accent to the dark chocolate flavors of the roasted malts. Even got a hint of caramel on the tail-end. Definitely a brew worth pursuing. kimjongill (207) - - OCT 26, 2012
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 Fresh from bottle (2013): Black pour with brown head. great aroma with coffee at the front with chocolate (a mocah really) and bourbon behind it. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I’d like. Coffee flavors up front, with bourbon and chocolate undertones. Great bitter/sweet balance, but I think Eclipse might beat this beer in a fresh head-to-head. Better taste than the ’11 I had aged 1.5 years, but less body. Same score as last time for different reasons. Have a feeling that 9 months to 1 year is the sweet spot on this beer.
Old score and writeup: Gave it a 4.6 Had 2011 on draft (1.5 years old). Overall a very pleasing and complex beer, though it didn’t age age as well as I’d think. Definitely one of the better stouts up there, though I’d rank bourbon county and Avery stouts above it. Tinco (621) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
From tap! Pours a black non seethrough wih minimal mocha head. Aroma is of: bourbon, wood, raisins, some sweet dark fruits, plums, toasted coconut. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, coffee, creamy, dark, biter ash, chocolate,burnt note, smoke. A very awesome stout. Soooooo smooth and complex, creamy with very well concealed alcohol! One of the best imperial stouts I’ve had! minorthreat (21) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Served from 12oz bottle. Deep black with little head. Smells of light vanilla bourbon, fudge and oak. The taste is chocolate, fudge, light bourbon and vanilla, really nice and well integrated. Slick and viscous. This is a great example of a bourbon barrel aged RIS the barrel notes are not up front but accentuate the base beer well. Excellent bernatbeer (420) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2012
en botella.Perfecta!!muy bueno el balance que tiene con la barrica de bourbon.color i vista perfecta.muy recomendable
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
Shared with good friends whilst brewing, as a treat and something to really wrangle the tastebuds.
How much I love this beer is measureed in the drool that i make, before I take the lid off. OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
22/10/12 Bouteille 341ml: Noire, avec beau collet de mousse blanc. Sublimes arômes de bourbon, mais non strident. Légèrement sucrée avec de délicieuses notes de bourbon, de vanille et de boisée. Touche de chocolat-café. Très bien balancée. Corps moyen, mais drinkability parfaite. Texture soyeuse et finale légèrement alcoolisé. Le bourbon est tres bien utilisé et brille par sa présense, mais laisse toutefois de la place aux autres saveurs. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin layer of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, black licorice, earthy hops, molasses, lactose, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some vanilla, lactose, and black licorice. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through with roasted coffee and molasses and some earthy hops. The finish is a mix of roasted milk chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very smooth for how big and complex it is. Great barrel flavors alongside a very nice imperial coffee stout. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 355 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours pitch black with thin dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, peppery wood, bourbon, dark roast coffee, burnt caramel, green chili, roasted coconut, vanilla fudge and bitter chocolate. Taste is sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bourbon, bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut and hints of green chili. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, soft and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, coconut and hints of green chili. Very nice BA coffee stout.Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Re-rate! Draught @ BAJT. Had two glasses of this and could probably have sat there all day getting insanely drunk if I hadn’t had other things to do. Perfectly balanced between the malts, coffee and barrel treatment. Insanely tasty and just insane to see this on tap in Sweden...
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells smoky, woody and alot of coffee. Tastes salty, woody, chili, coffee, creamy roasted malt.