peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Still black pour. Aroma is bourbon over dense, thick malt, honey, fig, raisin, and port wine-like aromas. Taste is decadent fig, raisin, and port flavor with bourbon, sweet honey and an odd twang toward the finish. The taste takes on a bit of sourness as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and lacking carbonation. This is a decadent sipper and nice enough in 3-4 ounce spurts. Worth a try. Sammy (12769) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
Absolutely inspiring delicious braggot, a great mead. Black bodied, roast and wine aroma. A great drinker despite the alcohol. Some raison. Thanks for sharing Tim. phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! 2011 vintage. Pours a deep, inky dark brown with no head or visible carbonation. Aroma of honey, dried dark fruits, bourbon, oak, and tannins. The flavor follows the same notes, with a slight hint of dark fruit acidity. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. I’d put this up with some of the classic Polish meads. Loved it. jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Pours oily black with no head what so ever. Aroma is bourbon, honey and oak. Flavor is sweet, honey, butterscotch and very light bourbon in the flavor. Also has hints of vanilla extract. Has a nice sweet finish. Like this mead a lot. maximum12 (32) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Thanks to splax23 for this brew in a fall-time trade. As usual, didn’t realize this was an ABV-killer until after popping the top, but hey, oh well.
Pour is black, with a head that wouldn’t even warrant a comb-over, & vanishes almost as it appears. Metric ton of sweetness in the nose, & no end to the burnt honey. Nose-curling booze.
Imperial Bourbon Barrel Braggot is a sticky sweet, crap-your-pants, alcoholic bomb. But instead of stinging, it’s syrupy alcohol, like a overly rich brandy, though that’s not quite right either. But pretty close. Massive dose of dark honey, of course. Knowing all the types of flavors that can be imparted to honey by the pollen the bees are feeding on, I wish I could pick that out, because it tastes familiar. Strong vanilla character standing in for the barrel, I presume. Caramel & toffee underneath the riot. Wildly sticky & gummy in the mouth. So good that one twelve ounce bottle didn’t seem enough at first, but as I dig deeper, well, it might just be. I’m almost full already.
Insane beer. Of the braggots I’ve tasted, this one is a category-killer, just complex & delicious, the one I’ve been looking for. Simply incredible.
fonefan (51126) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2012
brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ chriso [ chrisos festive get-together tasting ].
Clear dark brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy honey, toffe, alcohol - bourbon, moderate soy sauce. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, honey, soya, bourbon. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. IMO not that balance - fun to taste, but not my cop of mead or bourbon ! 
Thanks for this one, Steve. Pours almost black in color with a very small off-white head. Pure booze on the nose. A bit of actual bourbon, but primarily booze. There is a little bit of honey and sweet malt, too. The sweetness is almost overwhelming. Pure honey and graham cracker, maybe some vanilla. A little bit of bourbon, but quite a bit of booze overall. Medium body with very low carbonation. chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 12oz bottle, drunk at 2011 Festive tasting on 30 December 2011. Inky black. Very rich. Lots of bourbon in the aroma. Rich and sweet on the palate. More whisky. Very boozy. Not really my thing but pretty tasty. Not completely convinced that mead and bourbon are entirely comfortable bedfellows. harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
At Chriso New Year 2011/12 tasting. Black thin tan head. Some choc some honey some bourbon. Just too much everything. God undrinkable. Drain pour hopscotch (11245) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle… Mostly clear black ale with no head and no legs to stand on. The aromatics are a menagerie of dried plum, molasses, vanilla, fig and dark raisins. Full-bodied and velvety with a hint of carbonation. Sweet and lightly acidic – prune and tart, tannic plum skins. Finishes sweet, mildly tangy and dark-fruity. Bottle generously shared by 50belair!