geolgau (544) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - DEC 16, 2017 herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Jet black. Tan head. Aroma really carries the bourbon. Similar to the bolshevik bastard, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Smooth and rich. Complex and nicely balanced. Slight sweetness with a bourbon bitter finish. Really enjoyed.
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2017 Had the 2016 and the 2017 versions.
2016: complex, with barrel all the way. Fudgy, boozy, filled with bourbon, liquor chocolate and alcohol heat.
2017: mellowed down, but the coffee shines. Esspresso, smooth chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and subtle oak notes.
Both of them were absolute great beers and have the same rating. GenDV138 (7898) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2017
Bottle shared at the November DC RateBeer tasting. 2016 vintage. Dark brownish black with just barely beige to tan head. Aromas of whiskey, honey, booze, dark chocolate. Tastes of booze, dark chocolate, whiskey. Medium-full body with a dry finish. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2017
My Bottom Line:radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2017
This silky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout proposes rich chocolate, vanilla-bearing wood, molasses and whisky in a warming mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkness.
-Barrel notes are generous from nose to finish.
-This was clearly aged in a freshly emptied whisky barrel.
-Saline allusions are noticed.
2-year-old bottle (2015 vintage).
Large bottle at the November DC Ratebeer tasting. Poured a black color, smooth, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon notes. Sweet malts, roasted notes. Vanilla notes. Pretty tasty. Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2017
From a bottle at the November RB DC tasting. It is a brownish black with a thin tan head. The Aroma is bourbon,and chocolate the taste is boozy sweet.
Iphonephan (7482) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2017
From a bottle at the November RB DC tasting. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate and dark pit fruits. Flavors are heavy sweet with a boozy finish. This is a big beer. ShivanDragon (4704) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2017
sample from bottle @ZZT 2017 at Benzai's, shared by Caesar from 75cl 2015 bottle, pours black with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, cacao. bourbon, Taste pretty sweet, slick feel, creamy, umami, chocolate, cacao, bourbon, vanilla, soft alcoholic, medium body, soft carbonation, ok 77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2017
Thanks to caesar! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT 2017. Black, brief mocha head. Nose is mocha, chocolate, cacao, low umami, thick boozy bourbon. Taste is tasty low plastic, quite boozy very heavy bourbon with lovely sweet chocolate, mocha, cacao, almost dark fruit. Basic, boozy, solid bodied. Not very elegant but very tasty boozy bourbon RIS. Benzai (16924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared @ ZZT 2017. Dark brown to black color, average to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, light roast, liquor, bourbon, lightly vanilla, some alcohol, bitter. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Heavy but very nice. Maakun (6766) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared at ZZT. Black with dark beige head. Massive bourbon, light flowers, milk chocolate, sweet red berries, cognac, lots of booze, vanilla, cocoa, light herbs. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Over medium bodied. Nice.