kappldav123 (6135) - GERMANY - DEC 26, 2010
Big thanks to my last years Secret Santa. Bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also, deep black, nice head. Starts very strong, heavy-malty with some vanilla notes. Finish well balanced, shows some woody notes, still warming malty. Really a beer to enjoy! keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Black with a thin tan head. The aroma is quite nice, caramel, some wood, roast malt, a bit of chocolate, a hint of vanilla. The flavor is similar, nice and sweet, with a smoky background. Full mouth feel and well hidden alcohol. Nice one. murphym45 (779) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
On Tap @ Rattle N Hum. Jow (4125) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Dark brown almost opaque, bit of tan head. Somewhat mild aroma (compared to Back Burner and KBS at least), with some coffee, oak, caramel. Nice smooth taste, smoky, dry, oaky, light bitterness. The oak and smoke combine for a very nice finish reminiscent of campfire.
on tap at stags head. this beast was perfect for watching snowy pats bears game. Pours a squid ink black and tastes of all that is wonderful in the world including chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and bourbon. slight bitter hops. really great blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2010
bottle poured a dark black in color with a thin tan head that took a bit of vigor to pull up. aroma has bourbon, molasses, chocolate, and a good smack of alcohol. mouth feel is thick and oily with enough carbonation to keep up with such a big beer. flavor starts out as quite the assault and literally warms you with the heat. after the initial wallop there is molasses, licorice, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, coffee roast, tobacco, and a bit of vanilla. this has a lot of complexity and gets almost dark fruit going at times with an overall richness. I do get a bit of the wine barrel later in the bottle and it became much more smooth going down.
zizzybalubba (1887) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The flavor is bourbon, vanilla, and roasted coffee upfront with a distinct German Chocolate Cake that overwhelms the palate thereafter. This combination of chocolate cake, nuts, coconut, and vanilla is absolutely incredible. There is some alcohol warming that only adds to the depth and body of this beer. This is a stunning imperial stout. 12many (277) - Alaska, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Roasty chocolate malt and alcohol aroma. Entirely sweet with some alcohol. Silky smooth going down. phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Not sure why I reached for this, since I have a 2009 bottle at home. Anyway, pours an opaque, inky black color with a small brown head. Notes of roasted malts, coffee, oak chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Great coffee character that balances so well with the barrel notes. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, boozy mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. Rich and full. Great beer, and I’m excited to open the bottle now. Re-Rate, 1/18/11: I don’t have a whole lot to add, as all the same notes are there. This is a really mellow blend of bourbon barrel and coffee imperial stout, which gives it nice sweetness, subtle alcohol warmth, and dry roastiness. The body is lighter than I remember, though, so that may be a function of the barrel aging and sitting in a bottle for well over a year. Just a great beer. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sampled at fobab 2010. Pours black with a big creamy tan head. Aroma has heavy roasted burnt malt, woody, chocolate and coffee. A touch of vanilla and caramel. Flavor starts with a big coffee roasted malt character, a bit burnt, picking up bourbon, vanilla and woodiness. Sharp slightly harsh coffee bean finish. Medium full body and a sharper carbonation. Not bad. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2010
2009 bomber... pours a light black out of the bottle and settles into an average black with see through sides and a faint bottom.... plus a 1 finger frothy tan head. lovely barrel nose with bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla coming forward the most. big smooth body with more bourbon notes throughout.... layers of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a slight bitterness flow over the tongue. extremely smooth - like a melted milk chocolate bar. there are some dark and sweet fruit notes on the mouth - predominantly cherry, plum, and raisin. a general sweetness exists from front to back. lasting finish with some wood notes along with more dark fruits and a touch of red wine. excellent barrel aged imperial stout.