HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Tap. had it a couple of times but finally it was poured at the right temperature meaning not too cold. This allows the beer to show more complexity, you get oak and chocolate in the nose. Flavors are of coffee, vanilla and wood. fairly complex but could be a little more robust. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 28, 2009
10/26/09 notes: on tap, LA Beerfest. One of the anticipated offerings of the fall, thanks for bringing it out to play Firestone! Color is intensely black. Nose has espresso, black chocolate, and ash. Flavor is initially quite harsh, a bolt of semisweet chocolate, and dark malt. Roasted malt comes out through the middle, then moves the direction of ash. Upon subsequent sips, I am impressed by a subtle red-wine flavor that seems to creep into this beer almost imperceptibly. As the strange ash flavor became distracting in the finish, I found myself wishing the vinous note was stronger. Did not reach my upper-echelon of Imperial Stouts, but with some age this beer might mellow and become delicious. nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
On tap at Monks Kettle in SF. Pours nearly pitch black with a creamy tan head that settles to a thick film. Aroma is roast, chocolate, whiskey, espresso, and vanilla. Flavor is nice and full with coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Some booze. Palate is medium-full and fairly smooth yet just a little boozy and astringent. Overall this is a good but not elite imperial stout. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle from Bevmo. Poured a soda like dark brown with a somewhat unique colored head; like a reddish tan. Aroma of wood, fruit, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel and sugar. Solid aroma. Flavor was pretty soft and smooth for the abv. Probably not as tasty as expected, but still quality. Coffee, fruit and roasted malt predominate; very earthy and woody. Some caramel and sugary sweetness as well. Some alcohol warming in the finish; perhaps some aging would have been a tad beneficial, but it wasn’t too hot. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2009
22oz bottle shared thanks to Josh. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of licorice, cocoa, some woodiness, and roast. Tastes of roast, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits.
Ratman197 (15204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2009
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lasting tan head., Aromas of coffee, pine, citrus, bitter chocolate, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, citrus, pine, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty finish. User29624 (1683) - - DEC 3, 2009
FoBAB 09. Pours black. Aroma and flavor of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Slightly bitter, well done. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at PP Strong Ale Fest 2009. Thin and blandish. Have my taste bugs been dulled. A bit of barrel aroma. Pretty good. JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger VSK. Deep black pour. The nose is really intense. Lots of rich, sweet intense roastiness behind a massive wall of sweet bourbon. Lots of vanilla, caramel and sweet bourbon as well as a little bit of oaky astringency. The malts show a little bit of cocoa but even these are dominated by the bourbon character… if you like bourbon, you’ll like this. Sweet, rich and maybe a bit one-dimensional, but despite that, I like it. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Coca Cola pour with a descent khaki head that left average lacing. Aroma is black licorice, cocoa, coffee, and caramel. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and the licorice returns...didn’t really get a sense of the bourbon or oak in this one. Fairly nice creamy palate but not thick by any means. A good beer but was hoping for more.