thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle 12oz: Poured pitch black with almost a non existant head. Smelled strong of bourbon and alcohol with a bit of vanilla and malt. Taste was bourbon, roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, It was not bad by any means, it was pretty good, but just a bit too much Bourbon/alcohol for my personal taste.
Beaver (1799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2009
12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/28/08. Pours a dark black with a creamy dark brown head that diminishes and laces the glass.hayduke (5203) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
The aroma is bourbon with sweet chocolate and vanilla, dark fruits and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malts black licorice and bourbon with a semi-bitter finish. The bourbon is well done and reserved - more like bourbon chocolates rather than strong liquor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with velvety carbonation.
Overall, a very well done bourbon stout. The bourbon adds a lot to it without being overbearing on the alcohol like many are.
From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very opaque black and when held up to the light let nothing though. The head was a light brown and the lacing was almost non-existent, and seemed to slide off the side of the glass like olive oil. The nose greats you with a huge amount of bourbon. Only bourbon itself smells more like bourbon. But there is more there as well---vanilla, ripe fruit, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is very rich, heavy, and full bodied. The flavor is simply amazing, with bourbon of course, but like the nose also showing vanilla, chocolate, floral hops, roasted caramel, burned oak, coffee, and the finish is sweet with traces of the floral hops. This is one of the most amazing beers ever, and is one you want to sip very slowly and enjoy each and every nuance. Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Thats a lot of bourbon. A LOT. Like, ridiculous amounts. Drop a shot into a regular stout bourbon. And oh sooo good. Really loses its uniqueness when aged, but fresh its a truly wonderful and unique beer. BIG fan of barrel aging and bourbon, and this is almost the best. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 draft map room. perfect bourbon stout! I was very happy witht his beer. chocolate, roastty, vanilla, BOURbon. very well balanced. will get again.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2008 bottle opened with about 14 months on it. pours essentially black with a decent brown head. Looks awesome from the initial pour, but looks somewhat dead after 10 minutes or so. Initial aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, black mission figs. Flavor has an additional molasses and black licorice layer that is pretty sweet. My lips are sticky, some nice throat warming booze. This beer just warms the soul. What makes this beer so great is the fig, tabacco, and mollasses that shines through the bourbon presence. This is a great example of how bourbon can add another awesome dimension to a beer, rather than transforming it into a 1 dimensional hot bourbon bomb. A classic.
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 pours jet black, which i don’t know why they say, since most jets aren’t black. tan head is minimal and fades quickly. nose is sweet molasses,dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. mouthfeel is thick as fuck and creamy, not much carbination at all. taste is heavy candy sugar at first and then gives way to roasted hops, chocolate and mild alcohol, which is hidden well behind the sweetness, which hurt my tooth a little. there’s also some undiscovered spice in there, or as a friend suggested. perhaps allspice. Tim from Heritage Liquor said this was a must-have at $6.69 a bottle, he wasn’t kidding, thanks. Phenominal oak bourbon barrel-aged stout. how much for a case? MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
is black. I put it up to the bright Florida sunshine on a fall day and nodda, nothing can cut thru this one. Not much carbonation and the head is rather wimpy. That being said what little head that does build tends to hand around. In the lacing department... None. It’s so thick and oily that I don’t think lacing has a prayer with this one.
S: I have never smelled anything another than true Bourbon that smells this much like Bourbon. Huge barrelled Bourbon aroma with deep earthy vanilla aromas. Coffee lies beneath with hints of toffee, molassess, almonds, and dark Belgian chocolate.
T: Man I have a buddy that spends half his net worth to sample the best small batch Bourbon known to man and thanks to him I have been able to sample them as well. Let me tell you this one must have been made with the barrels from the finest batch of Bourbon ever made. Tons of Flavor with the big boozy Bourbon flavor smacking you right in the mouth. Hell this one may be spiked with Bourbon. Hints of oak, vanilla, and coffee come thru as well.
M: Nice and thick this is one full bodied brew.
D: It’s a one and done beer for me. This is one to be sipped not slammed bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. Texture is rich and like light syrup. Tastes of apparent bourbon along with vanilla, smoke, caramel, and rather sweet. Very good stout. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Bottle... Poured black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of sweet bourbon. Smooth palate and was a little dry. Noticeable bourbon-whiskey and alcohol notes. Roasted malts and a charred character before sweet chocolate came in. Finished with whiskey and sweet, candy sugars. markas101 (2450) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2009
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA, 2008 batch. Jet black, almost solid appearance. Very sweet cocoa aroma, plumb and bourbon (surprise). Thick. Warm and lingering, very smooth initially with a creeping booziness. Very much bourbon infused with everything that comes with it. Quite nice, although the complexity that some other imperial stouts have is taken over by the bourbon. Still very nice.