ebone1988 (1926) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20. XV. Aroma is bourbon, barrel, licorice, dark fruit, booze, roasted malt. Appearance is dark dark brown, light brown head, opaque. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, booze, caramel, coffee, licorice, dark fruit, great. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, licorice and barrel aftertaste. Overall, this is impressively good.
(If you pair this with yellow tortilla chips, it tastes like Cap’n Crunch. No joke.) anstei (2254) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala.
Pours black, light beige foam.
Aroma: Strong Bourbon vanilla, some oak, coffee.
Heavy boozy barrel, little sticky, but not super sweet.
Long sweet nutty palate. Very good. klm1 (1538) - Bled/SF, - FEB 4, 2017
In Ales Unlimited SF I got releases: XXVII, XVIII, XIX: pours black color, clear, with light brown/beige to brown creamy head. Visually low carbonation; Aroma; intense roasted grain, dark malt aroma, with notes of coffee, cocoa powder, bittersweet & milk chocolate, supported with bourbon note, vanilla, molasses, wood, tobacco, and hint of fruity esters (dark fruits)
Similar is flavor, with rich, intense notes of roasted grain, dark malts, which takes on coffe, cocoa powder, bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, supported with intense bourbon in last edition.
Everything is very well balanced: alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not overdone.
Finish is slightly roasted, with note of bourbon. Body is full texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low. Honestly: Too overpriced, 30$ per 0.5l bottle is way too much. That’s the reason why is overall score lower than it could be. kevinsenn (2215) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2017
On tap at Stein’s Beer Garden. Sweet vanilla a d chocolate aroma. Taste is awesome. Sweet and bitter. Roasty and creamy. Incredible. Jyrsa (836) - - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle, XV Black with small tan head. Bourbon, licorice, some alcohol. Charred malt, vanilla, black licorice, coffee. Smooth with long, charred finish.
Tide (3900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, dark fruits, nuts, bourbon, a bit of hops, chocolate, oak and a bit of alcohol. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, oak, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits. Exquisite imperial stout. tsd08460 (1169) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2017
500 ml bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes
Aroma: butter, bourbon, caramel, woody, roasty, chocolate, coffee
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Tasty, but I would prefer a weaker butter taste/smell Sdaniel90 (1082) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 8, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2017 Bottle, 500ml. Edition: XIX. Opaque dark brown with a large, creamy light brown head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, coffee, butter. Surely a bit off? Full bodied, fizzy carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Strong roasted flavors with diacetyl undertones. Surely it’s gone bad somehow. Been reading similar reports for batch XIX of this.
Edit: Got in contact with North Coast and they’re claiming the diacetyl flavors are an example of "why barrel aged beer is so great". Won’t even own up to their mistake like Goose Island did with Bourbon County. I won’t be buying NC anytime soon. Percy0103 (768) - MEXICO - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle, 500ml. A drak beer with a small brown head. Odd aroma of butter, which is not pleasant. Taste is bitter with a malt character. Finish also feels odd. Seems to have been gone bad. I had read reports of problems with this batch and I’m afraid this is one of them. gopherfan99 (1829) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle (Vintage XIX); pours black with a mocha colored head; aroma is dominated by chocolate and vanilla with hints of wood and bourbon; taste is rich chocolate and vanilla with bourbon and some hints of wood; finish is dry and chocolaty with a hint of bourbon and vanilla; excellent beer