aleigator (945) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2017
Pours an oily black color with a small, dark brown head, which vanishes immediately.
The aromas of this are simply amazing - there’s a lot going on with licorice, scorched malts, tobacco and dark chocolate. The barrel adds a tremendous depth with dried apples, rock sugar, peppers, dried plum and lots of spicy wood, tickling the nose by developing a boozy warmth.
Drinks silk and velvet, full bodied with lots and lots of alcohol soaked layers of rich maltiness.
Tastes right from the beginning of burned malts, wild honey, whipped cream as for its awesome mouthfeel, and fudge. Develops a spicy licorice roastiness once the barrel gets noteable, together with cinnamon, toasted nuts and a luscious amount of bitter chocolate. Finishes with molasses, melting chocolate, long lasting tobacco, dried earth and a flowery note from the otherwise still pleasantly spicy barrel.
This is like an amped up Bourbon County - not necessarily thicker on the tongue, but even creamier with more roast and bitter chocolate, countered by an even sweeter fudge note, balanced by earth and spices. Awesomly intense and balanced throughout. Johnsense (1802) - - JAN 2, 2017
Pitch black pour, offwhite head. Amazing aroma, bourbon , dried dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt. Black chocolate giving way to bourbon, coffee, blueberry, dark malt. Fuller body. Amazing. Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2017
Very imperial stout aroma. Bourbon character in finish. Very opaque brown. Some head. Very smooth. Pretty good, like nitro. rederic (3344) - 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 (1503) - Lewes, 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 (1510) - 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 (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottled April 13, 2015, drunk 10/21/16, thanks to Blisscent.cards04 (2943) - 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 (2237) - 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 (1788) - 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.