rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
500ml bottle, 2016, deep abyssal black color, with a tan-coloured head, with a nice fruity dark chocolate, mild bourbonish nose, with some vanilla oak barrel, toffee, light chocolate cup filled with bourbon liqueur, brownie, sweet roasted, chocolate, black, toast malty accents, and some burnt fruitcake, cocoa, mocha coffee notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth good syrupy chocolatey, molasses, fruity bourbon barrel, vanilla, burnt fruitcake character, with some sweet roasted, chocolate, black, wheat, toasted malty, brownie, dark chocolate baking bar, burnt chocolate cake, chocolate syrup flavours, leading towards a warming syrupy chocolatey bourbonish, a lingering sweet fruity roasted, chocolate, toasted, wheat maltiness finish. thepatrickman (1355) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle, shared by a (crazy generous) friend from high school. Everything about the initial appearance of this beer is impressive. It’s jet-black with a mocha-white head, and it pours into the glass like a viscous oil. The aroma is moderate bourbon and sweet chocolate. The taste leans more towards the traditional Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve had, with more sweetness and dark fruit than chocolate or coffee, and the bourbon barrel flavor is reasonably restrained, giving some undertones and aroma, but mostly allowing the malt to take center stage. ljthiessen (1348) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle. Black black black. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, very fudgy and a little bready. Taste is sweet, coffee and chocolate, rich and thick, chewy, gorgeous. Wow. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottled April 13, 2015, drunk 10/21/16, thanks to Blisscent.cards04 (2798) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2016
The usual perfect pour from a bottled HF product. Dark ebony-cocoa body of undetermined clarity. Large, dense head, strong retention, etc....
Right away the first thing I notice is that it’s significantly less boozy than the port barrel version, which is odd since this is much younger than when I had the port. Anyways, bourbon character is moderate, definitely a big portion of the nose, but not dominant and it’s backed by cocoa, prunes, fudge and very even, mild roast. Vanilla, graham cracker and caramel on the finish, show the malt depth and the bourbon dries out the finish, with spicy liquor notes and light wood. Low on the alcohol, with just a hint of warmth and no flaws.
Rich, of course, in the mouth with plentiful bourbon notes backed by rich fudgey malts. Cocoa, cola, cherry, vanilla and caramel all present a fairly straightforward Imperial as the chalky, mineral-rich water of HF works its magic on the less tangible character of the beer. Velvety, but not syrupy, malty but not cloying, with tight carbonation and very light alcohol warmth. Delightful. Thanks, Nelson.
Thanks Adamchandler. What a gem. Both him and the beer ;). Anyway, this rocks. Pours thick and black with faint dark head that immediately disappears. Aromas of fresh dough, molasses, anise. Notes of espresso. Flavours of bourbon, sherry, coconut, nuts, anise, molasses, bitter chocolate. So smooth and drinkable. Phenomenal.
ebone1988 (1925) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, Chris, and Doug for the Lions share. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, barrel, coffee, robust. Appearance is black, brown head, poured thick. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, bourbon, barrel, complex and great. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, chocolate and barrel aftertaste. Overall, really really good. ametras (1628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
500ml bottle. Black pour with red hues and a foamy mahogany head. Flavors are lightly roasted cereals, fudge, milk chocolate, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol with resinous and fruity notes. Full body, soft to moderate carbonation, oily texture. koleminer20 (3597) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kelly’s Island Bottle Share on September 18. 500 mL bottle. I’ve been excited about this for a while. The pour is a thinner black with a light brown head that falls slowly to a collar leaving a couple spots of lace. The aroma has a lot of barrel and bourbon on it. There is a good sweet molasses and a nice dark chocolate. A hint of vanilla pokes in and does well. The flavor is better. There is a light bourbon and molasses at the front end. A good charred oak and dark chocolate vanilla combo roll in slowly, and there is a dark fruit on the finish. It’s really complex, but it’s missing that wow factor. The mouth feel is a little thin and light. There is a nice soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet molasses and chocolate to go with a hint of bourbon and a light vanilla on the finish. Excellent stout. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2016
My Bottom Line:WillRunForBeer (2652) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2016
This luxurious Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout lays rich bourbon vanilla atop dark fruit jam, burnt caramel and bitter roastiness, in a most velvety mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the impenetrable black.
-Molasses is also found in the flavour profile.
-There is a lot going on here, but every flavour works in the same direction.
-The roasty bitterness balances the heavy sugars perfectly.
-You obviously need to be in the mood for dessert for this one. But when you are, oh my…
-Smoked blue cheese was perfect for this one.
500ml bottle dated 04/13/16 shared with my wife. Pours dark chocolate brown with a caramel brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, raisin, toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Smells delicious! Flavor is dark chocolate, raisin, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Smooth. Great brew!