ICEatALAMO (1349) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2011 vintage bottle. Absolutely best aroma around period. Can definately taste the bourbon, and can be a little hot upfront, but ages great. Can definately taste the coffee as well, but finishes great. The highest rated beer I have had! cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared with Haggerty for Christmas. Pitch black pour with but a little head. Big, rich, used coffee ground and dk chocolate aroma. The bourbon oozes out of the glass on the pour. The flavor is as big and rich as the nose with the dark chocolate flowing through the mid-palate to a signifixantly hopped up finish. Fantastic! VsXsV (4415) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2011
355 ml bottle. 2010 vintage, enjoyed in 2011. Pitch black liquid with dark brown edges and small tan head. Aroma of wood, coconut, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, leather and roasted malt. Really nice smell. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Notes of bourbon, coffee and vanilla. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Really nice imperial stout, the barrel aging is wonderful. Gets even more wonderful as it warms up. ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Courtesy of BuckeyeSammy.09’ bottle at least we suspect. pours motor oil black wth faint light brown lacing. nutty coffee, dark chocolate, musty, burnt wood, vanilla, subtle dark frutis on nose. more espresso, burnt malts, sticky sweetness and rich. balanced for sure. bitter dry heat in an incredibly long finish. Go big or go home. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Big alcoholic nose, vaporous with coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, licorice and molasses. Bit of oak and bourbon. Dark black opaque, with very little head, of which is cocoa brown and laces a little. Pours like motor oil and coats the tongue and palate like an elixir. Medium-light carbonation that seems stronger than it is because of the huge alcoholic warming and ’hotness’. This bottle is about two years old, but could age even longer. Starts sweet with bourbon, oak, and chocolate. Coffee, licorice and molasses, and a bit of bitter burnt malt is here, too. Strong alcohol hotness and ethanol sweetness. Finish is medium bitter, part from roasted-burnt malt and some from hops. After is lingering, not quite cloying, but pleasant. Very nice impy stout.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with a fizzy light brown head. Aroma and taste of bourbon, coffee, chili, and nice sweet chocolate and leather notes. GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle: oh my.... My my my. This is a great beer. It’s got aromas of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, whiskey and a dark roasty bread. It tastes like pure heaven. Roasty, thick heaven. I need more. Much more. RasmusOtt (2740) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2014 Bottle from trade with Arminjewell. Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of nice espresso, roasted malts, dark caramel, huge chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dark dried fruits, coffee, cocoa, wood, figs, dates and some whiskey bourbon notes behind. Taste of coffee, coconut, cocoa, liquorice, vanilla, dark dried fruits, espresso, bourbon, rich dark chocolate, sweeter dark fruits and with some warming alcohol in the end. Gentle smooth and no sharp edges. This is a very solid balanced imperial stout. Love everything the bourbon contributes to this beer.
Re rate 2014.
Notching this 0,1 down. Still a freaking awesome beer! lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle thanks RasmusOtt! Pours Pitch black, with a very small reddish brown head, Aroma: a very nice and very present barrelaged quality, loads of bourbon, vanilla, and coconut, caramel, molasses, fruity sweet, but also some plant like herbal qualities, light tobacco, roasted, coffee, oak, woody, after some time just plain smooth! lakridskonfekt, liquorice, toffee, butterscotch, nutty, vanilla, bourbon dried fruits, Taste: full mouth feel, low-medium carbonation, taste follows the nose but has a lot of vanilla, cocoa powder, coconut, coffee, roasted bitterness, chocolate, deep dried fruits, liquorice, molasses, matroshatte, english sweet liquorice and some salty liquorice, light boozy. taste is so smooth and the bourbon barrelaged qualities are highlighted in such a nice way! dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Aroma- dark chocolate, tobacco, oak, vanilla, booze, coffee
Appearance- Pitch black with a smooth white head, nice alcohol legs
Taste- vanilla, chocolate, oak, slight bourbon, coffee, hop bitterness, lingering effects of all taste aspects, super smooth
Palate- medium-bodied, higher carbonation, lingering mouthfeel
Overall- The smoothest bourbon-aged stout I’ve ever had. Much less harsh on the palate than BCS, more drinkable, and simply better crafted. One of the bests, hands down.