BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Muchas Gracias Senor Daks for this bottle. Served in my Bells Expedition snifter. deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Basically black with just a hint of reddish highlights around the edges topped by a big fluffy beige head that left excellent lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, char, chocolate, walnuts, and rye bread malts. Still it appears they may have dry hopped this because I still find a fair amount of grassy and herbal hops on the nose. Just a hint of barrel wild yeasties starting to show but in this case they are still a two bit background playa and not something to be noticed (but it does question any more cellaring, could start to go south soon). Lastly, some bile and oxidization is surely appearing again putting into question any further aging.
The taste is vanilla bean and cocoa overload at first, someone boozy and lots of interesting side notes of tar, liquorice, tobacco, leather. molasses and even some peaty tones. Coffeeish and hop bitters follow suit upon the finish but are far less forceful than in the non-BA version, no really fruity component left here. It is more straight acidity than dark fruits. The mouth feel is warming and challenging but not as lush or sticky as I hoped.
I was not a huge fan of the base beer (just a 3.6 rating) but I honestly do not care much for this at all. The bourbon and moreso the barrel have lessened this into a muddled mess. The biggest issue is that even the bourbon character seems confused and it does not shine. This dog is a runt.
Bottle thanks to a generous trader whose name escapes me. Pours black with deep brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon, dark grains and roasted malts with a bit of dark fruits. Flavor begins with dark bread and roasted malts with a bit of sweet grains but mainly bourbon in the finish. Roonai (305) - - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle shared by deyholla, thanks derek! p is near black with mahogany edges and brown head. nose is boozy malts. chocolate roast with a dark fruit/fig backing that lends a sweet tartness. taste reflects the nose exactly w chocolate roasted malts and dark fruit. not getting much bourbon but a hint just from ’knowing its there’. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle thanks to mlunger.: Poured a deep black with thin tan head. Strong bourbon aroma very warm on the nose. Taste is gritty with chocolate and aged fruit, lots of bourbon booziness as well. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22 oz bottle purchased in Kentucky awhile back. Poured pitch black with a fast-fading tan head. I was actually nervous on the pour as I thought it smelled a little off, but tasted fine. Smooth, sweet, with the definite bourbon-barrel vanilla flavor. Not the best bourbon stout I’ve had, but it certainly was a fine beer for the evening. I wouldn’t seek it out, but wouldn’t turn it down.
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle. Black with a small sudsy tan head. Nose is sour cherry, oak, vanilla, sawdust, cherry skins. Smells a faded supplication, kinda similar to bullfrog black cherry bomb, but less rare. Anyway, I like the nose even though the sour cherry character its most likely not intended. Flavor brings this beer down a couple notches as the cherry acidity (created by the barrel I assume) clashes with the sharp bitterness of the grain. Has potential as a cherry stout. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle purchased 6 months ago from Grape & Gourmet. Pours black with a rich, creamy cinnamon brown head. Aroma of light bourbon with faint notes of chocolate in the background. The flavor blends the flavors found in the original imperial stout with the bourbon barrel very nicely; roasted espresso is the dominant flavor with some dark chocolate as well as vanilla, booze, and oak from the barrels. Moderate alcohol warming as expected. Overall, a very nice barrel aged imperial stout that most likely benefited from some maturation in the bottle. emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours dark black with one finger of dark brown head. Nose is acidic with lots of fruit skins coming through and a light metallic character. Some coffee and bakers chocolate. Bitter and acidic flavor, some wood comes through. Black coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Full body and a low carbonation. Meh. amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Pours black with a milky tan head.
Woodsy. Alcoholic aroma.
Chocolate toffee oak bitter palate.
bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
22 ounce bottle, I have no idea exactly how old this is but I do know I’ve had this bottle for about 4 months. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half dark tan head. Head retention is very good, and there’s a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, along with some bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted/charred malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, oak, smoke and some bourbon. It’s a mostly bitter/roasty tasting stout with not much sweetness. The bourbon in both the aroma and flavor seems weak to me for a barrel aged beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and dry and is well carbonated. It’s also smooth and easy to drink. If you’re a fan of bitter roasty stouts, then you would probably like this beer. But if you’re expecting a lot of bourbon in this brew, you’ll probably be disappointed. Even though the bourbon isn’t strong in this brew, I still think this is a good imperial stout. I liked it.