walleye (1100) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2017
on tap at the brewery. poured a dark brown but could of been black was sitting outside at night 1/21/17 had a small head. aroma bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, black licorice. flavor got that bourbon, They must of used some good quality barrels, chocolate, caramel, small amount of coffee, dark fruits licorice, tmoreau (4501) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Shared, red waxed bomber at Bigby’s Pour House, dispensed a bit warm to a small snifter, showing a ruby highlighted, black/brown hue, with just a modest layer of off white head foam that quickly diminished to a thin ring, a bit of film, and light spots of lacing. The nose was roasted, molasses, dark caramel, cocoa, toffee, dark fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, maybe a touch of barrel induced vanilla, slight if any oakiness, and lurking alcohol. Medium+ bodied, with low to no carbonation, the taste was as the aroma notes, sweet & syrupy, boozy & warming, with barrel hints cloaked in the mix. Rich & enjoyable nonetheless. jinroh (1995) - ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours dark brown, edging on black. Aroma has some deep chocolate, thick with cocoa and dark fruits. Not getting too much of bourbon here though. Tastes are masterfully balanced, big beer that drinks easy. Balanced, barrel not too intrusive but sitting nicely there in the background. Slight woodiness. Great stuff, thanks Gregg! TimE (5992) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Pitch black color, dark brown head. Huge bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruit. Fucking amazing nose. Very smooth, low carbonation in the mouth, mildly sweet, bourbon is so well integrated, dark chocolate, vanilla a bit of molasses. Heavenly. Just the smoothest beer. SG111 (1927) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2014 vintage labeled as Flying Buffalo bourbon barrel imperial stout (I assume it’s the same beer). Tap at Clubhouse BFD, Rochester, Mi. Pours black, with a tan head. Aroma is boozy, toffee, bourbon, cinnamon. Flavor is chocolate, malts, bourbon, toffee. Really nice barrel-aged stout.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2015
A jet black pour. Surprisingly a calm head. A dark mocha colored head with lots of bubbles. A sharp bourbon aroma with a slight black licorice notes. A smooth milk chocolate taste upfront. A strong bourbon flavor mixed with lots of dark fruits and the licorice. Small carbonation feel on an overall slightly thinner mouth. Can still be frothy and creamy. Milk chocolate is left on the mouth as the bourbon goes down warm. Solid stuff. jksipa (988) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Flight at the tap room. Black pour with a small tan head that leaves some lace. Nose is dominated by bourbon with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
Sweet chocolate with bitter coffee and pronounced wood and bourbon
Medium creamy mouth with soft carbonation. burg326 (5545) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Poured a deep black color with aromas of bourbon, chocolate, roast and some sweet oak. Flavors are bourbon soaked fudge with light vanilla and some roast. Very nice barrel aged stout that I could enjoy all day. superspak (5781) - Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottling, listed at 12% on the bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light raisin, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light raisin, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a good malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. It was not as roasty as I expected for a stout, but had a lot of nice barrel and malt complexity; and was very enjoyable overall. kimmelga (1) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
Just opened the new 2014 BBA Imperial Stout and wow! Improved dramatically from the inaugural 2013 and rivals some of the best on the market. Excellent balance of sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and the bourbon comes through nice and mellow for this 12% abv beer.
A- toasted bread with chocolate and a bit of vanilla and toffee. Some citrus floral notes as well.
A- pours a dark opaque black with nominal head (1/4 finger). Very little carbonation- actually the perfect amount IMHO for a BBA stout.
T- Not as sour and oaked as the first release. They got this one just right- starts a bit sweet with toast and baking sugar. Followed immediately by chocolate, coconut and then light coffee and vanilla with balanced oak. Finishes with mellow bourbon- just enough. If this had been 14% it would have been too much,
P- smooth and buttery. Almost coconut oil feeling. Tasted at ~45* and feel OK with that.
OVERALL- I think this is a true game-enhancer for the budding brewery in Birmingham, MI to notch them on a national level. This stout holds up to the best I’ve tasted from around the country- BCBS, KBS, Parabola, etc. Given ample time and opportunity, this bold gem will shine even brighter.