thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Light aroma for style licorice dark fruit, some bourbon, brown sugar. Black with brown edges. Off white head. Well intergrated bourbon, some chocolate....but everything is kind of subdued. Kind of like it’s aged. Nice in a way, busurprising... Wood and cherry come out on aroma with warmth. TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle share thanks Aaron. Pours jet Black with beige head and great lacing on the glass. Smell is thick bourbon vanilla and chocolate. Taste is definitely bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate and maybe some dark fruit after taste. Overall a very good beer I wasn’t expecting such a great mixture between bourbon and stout with just enough hop bittering to finish the beer off. berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an almost opaque brown/black and is topped by a nice frothy tan head. Aroma is oak, roasted malts, and cocoa. Taste is roasted malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, and cocoa. Very tasty. mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2013
bottle. pours black with solid tan head. aroma of ash and chocolate. taste is very thick sweet caramel chocolate and slight oak budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Pours dark with a one finger khaki colored head and a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate malt and toasted grain. Taste is dark roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla and bourbon. Not enough bourbon for me. Decent. Update: tried on a fresh palate: 3.9
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours black, of course. Sweet vanilla, charred oak, and currants in the aroma. Flavor is even more complex with bourbon, more char, and smoke added. The evidence of the barrel aging is more pronounced as it warms. I’m even getting a hint of cherry, which really works. Cocoa powder and anise in there, as well. Hops finally come in at the end to provide a bitter finish.
A big fan of this. Huge flavors, obvious impact from the barrel aging, complex, balanced, very smooth. And the name? You’d never guess it weighs in at 10.2% dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
I don’t know, maybe i was misled. Thought this was a barrel-aged version (the tap handle said barrel-aged). I didn’t get many wood notes. aside from that - it was a pretty standard Imperial stout. I enjoyed that it was served on nitro. I don’t think there was anything super outstanding or amazing in my glass. It was just a little thin. I told my wife i was surprised at how drinkable it was. and not delicious drinkable - plain/boring drinkable. just not exciting. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Near black pour with some tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, wood, bourbon, chocolate - flavor is woody and sweet with a smooth finish. A drastic improvement on the original. cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours black with a nice light brown head, aroma is sweet with a little bit of whiskey and some vanilla and oak, doesn’t really stand out, the flavor has a nice vanilla and oak front end with a really sweet finish, mouthfeel is nice, really wanted more out of this one. TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Very awesome barrel aged RIS.
Aroma is straight up whiskey barrel to me. Color is opaque black with minimal head. Tastes amazing. Easily my favorite of the day. I do detect the advertised raisin and cherry, but with some vanilla bourbon in there as well. Finishes with more of the same... And no complaints about it.