Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2009
(bottle, generously provided by J Caulfield B, aka JCB, via a RB contest, thanks man!) Pours an opaque black with a medium dark tan head, that settles to a fine film after being poured into the mega-snifter. Further swirling revitalizes this head into a medium dark tan cap, and scattered lacing is left as well. Aroma leaves no doubt that this has been bourbon barrel aged, with scents of shredded coconut, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and peanut butter cups. Definite candy bar qualities here, with some Mound’s accompanying the Reese’s. Further warming reveals some German chocolate cake, cherry, and light-roasted coffee. This would get a 10, but the ABV shows with further warming, and it does intrude upon the more desirable aromas, which yields an aroma reminiscent of tar. The flavor is similar (sans tar), with a lot of chocolate pudding, chocolate-covered raisins, vanilla, coffee, and coconut that rounds out to a light smoke and evenly roasted malt finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the nice finish makes up for this, and the carbonation is subdued. The high ABV never makes its presence known in the flavor. This is a very good imperial stout, and the barrel is superbly integrated. Thanks again Jason! Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Just delicious, the bourbon notes are big here, but mix very nicely. I really enjoyed this, but the bottle might be a little spendy... Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of sonicdescent. Big malty nose with caramel, coffee and toffee, roasted malt, smoke, licorice, vanilla, and plum. Light hops. Dark black clear body with light brown creamy lacing head. Medium-thick bodied with medium carbonation with some alcoholic character. Huge sweet notes with an alcoholic abt heavyness to it. Flavorful and rich. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to danielcurtis81 for sharing on his wedding week. Pours dark black with a faint brown edge. Nose is strong bourbon alcohol and chocolate/roasted malt. Flavor is very rich dark chocolate and coffee. Very full flavor, nice style. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Served from a 500mL bottle of the XII that I picked up at the OTM. Pours a rich and creamy black brown with a big cream brown head. The aromas are rich and pure bourbon. The flavors are very complex and deep. The bourbon is a toned back driving force that has cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate. Mouth is full and creamy. Fabulous beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 21, 2009
I would be more impressed had they aged this for 12 years. That being said it is a fine brew indeed. Paid $19.99 for a bottle of this. After smelling this for a while I noticed some butter, bourbon, alcohol, and maybe some chocolate roast. Such a very smooth drink. I couldn’t notice the alcohol, but an alcoholic rarely can. Flavor was silky smooth goodness. Why describe flavors when words such as: good, well planned, tasty, almost dominant yet slightly lacking something do the job just fine. I like it better than the original, but I think you could get the same product by aging the original for 13 months without the oak barrel. Not worth the price for me, but damn tasty. Just age the orginal and save yourself some cash. hirigalzkar (3239) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle. I really like this one. The aroma is full of the regular imperial stouty tones of chocolate, vanilla and coffee with a touch of whiskey. Sweet oaky taste (not overly complex). nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
12. Really great - haven’t had a big beer like this in some time. Full and round, roasty, woody, chocolate, bourbon. Slightly hot. Really well carbonated for a BA beer. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 (Most recent comments based upon XV): Black with big, creamy, cappuccino head, fine lacing / Rich nose of cigar box, chocolate, roast coffee, bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla / Medium to full body, very spritzy, sweet but with good balance and some bitterness / Flavors of cigar box, roast barley, semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, oak / Body is overly carbonated, but fine flavor. joergen (28964) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whisky 2009.
Dark brown coloured with a small beige head.
Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits and wood.
Sweet and roasted flavour of chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon and alcohol.
Dry roasted finish.