CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2016
22 oz. bottle from friends. Fairly dense, black pour on this one. Looks standard. Surprisingly, I’m get a fruity chocolate aroma. I only get hints of it, but it is akin to an amalgamation of raisins and strawberries. Weird things are happening with my nose. Hints of vanilla, oak, bourbon, syrup, and coffee come through. Graham cracker is there, too. Tastes of roast, bourbon, soft oak, dark fruit, pine hops, and a lite chocolate syrup. Now that I’m in better light, and topping off my cup, the appearance doesn’t seem as dense as I thought. Good stuff here, and it’s actually consumable, which for some imperial stouts these days, especially barrel aged varities, isn’t guaranteed. Good stuff, but not great. Ferris (17097) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle - Sweet bourbon and some almost some sweet basil notes. Dark deep brown with a light brown head. Nice sweet bourbon notes and some herbal sweet hops. Agreat American version. fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle from Super Deli Mart, Seattle; bottled 11/12/15weihenweizen (4207) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Black color, with generous and compact head. Very nice aroma, there is also some ammonia and cheese rinds. Delicious chocolate flavor, moderately sweet, with elegant notes of vanilla, tobacco, cocoa nibs, walnuts.
On tap at P&P Charleston. Translucent black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, herbal hops, and strong anise. pagvan229 (25) - panama city beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Very little aroma to nothing, it pour was black with little head, taste of coffee- chocolate-no bourbon taste
BroSpud (2282) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2015
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head. Various flavor notes including coffee, chocolate, smoke and dark fruits. Also seemed to have a bit of a milk stout lactose sweetness and sourness as well. Kind of weird combo of flavors. This is good but didn’t like it as much as I had hoped. stevoj (5869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Dark black pour, minimal head. Body is a bit thin, but all other characteristics are right on. Gentle aroma leads into richer and fuller taste, tons of roast grains. BBA elements a bit muted, but still a pretty solid RIS. One of the better ones from Idaho. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Foamy dark tan head lingered for a solid 5 minutes with great lacing... expected black brew.
Nose has quite a bit of oak and whiskey notes that when cold dominated the dark malts and fruits.. this brew needs warmth to really shine. With warmth, coffee and cocoa start to come out alot more.
Flavors are pretty much the same as the aromas but they emerge a little sooner, but it still needs to really warm up to allow the malts to help balance the heady wood and bourbon.
Body seems a bit more thin compared to bottles of the regular I’ve had in the past. If my predictions are accurate, the bottles of these are going to need some time to meld.. but this was pretty enjoyable off tap. Silvan7 (1279) - Samarate, ITALY - AUG 25, 2015
On tap @ Rattle ì’n Hum NYC. Marrone, scura, quasi nera con schiuma beige fine e persistente. aroma intenso, tostato, di caffè e cacao, legno, vaniglia e torba. gusto dolce amabile all’ingresso, note di cioccolato, vaniglia e liquore. tostatura e luppolatura erbacea rendono piacevolmente amaro il finale. Calda, corposa, poco carbonata e rotonda. equilibrata ed armonica. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2015
22 oz bottle, PDT 11/14/14- Pours black with a tan head that retains nicely. Aroma is bourbon, unique wood aroma here, strong, malt, roasted. The taste is similar, odd wood taste, bourbon is noticeable but not intruding, dark berries, red wine like, almost tart, like some unintended bugs got in there. Different.