tillmac62 (767) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2015
BOD 12/18/14. Pours almost pitch black. Normal head volume and retention for barrel aged, excellent lacing.
Nice rich nose of bourbon and heavy notes of oak and bitter dark chocolate over a light caramel coupled with plum.
Rich full body with a creamy texture that has an oily component as well. Light carbonation with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is borderline World Class. It is intense, extremely complex and one of the most balanced BA imperial stouts I’ve encountered. It’s only shortcoming, which is slight, is the lack of total alcohol coverage. It begins with a bourbon slap that quickly yields to a rich semi-sweet rush of chocolate. The middle is a light bitterness over a fading chocolate that allows the astringent alcohol flavor to manifest itself over a coffee note. As this fades into the finish, light plum notes appear over a sweet vanilla and bourbon background. The finish is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol heat.
ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Location: 22 oz bottle from Brusin Ales, 1/28/15
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 28, 2015
Aroma: The aroma is heavy bourbon, some wood, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of coffee
Appearance: It pours a thick, dark brown-black color without much head, and with light, streaky lace
Flavor: The flavor of this one is bourbon barrel first and foremost, with the malty flavors (chocolate, coffee, etc.) coming through more subtly and later on, there’s a light bitterness on the close
Palate: This one has a thick, creamy mouthfeel, it is fairly heavy, had an average carbonation, and it has a boozyiness to it that makes it feel well over 8.5%, and a somewhat dry finish
This one is pretty good, I mean bourbon impy stouts are always good, but it just feels like an average example of a beer everyone makes. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but it has to be better than this to really stand out in this style in my opinion.
22oz bottle from trade - cheers Blazay. Bottled 17th Dec 2014. Dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Light to medium carbonation. Thick and oily palate, very viscose. Burnt sugar and coffee cream initially, roasted hazelnuts, sweet service-station coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes sweet and sugary, with lots of cocoa. Very rich and a bit too sweet but still enjoyable. theMuscle76 (4) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
Poured inky black with a deep brown head. Aroma is of bourbon and slight chocolate. Taste is heavy malt, alcohol, chocolate, oak wood and honey finish. Carbonated enough to please the palate. Top 5 in my book for stouts and top 10 in overall beera. GRM (4237) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, slight lacing; nose: woody, bourbon, roasted barley, coffee, alcohol, slight chocolate; mouth: woody, bourbon, roasted barley, coffee, alcohol, slight chocolate, hops, alcohol, finale in bourbon with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brun foncé, très légère dentelle; nez : boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, café, alcool, très léger chocolat; bouche : boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, café, alcool, très léger chocolat, houblon, alcool, finale en bourbon avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tap. Black with small head. Huge malt with lots of roast. Light bourbon sweetness with a bit of oak. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Chocolate, oakiness, caramel, and a trace of bourbon. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Via trade with BBQSlim. Thanks!! The aroma is sweet bourbon, honey, chocolate. The appearance is deep black, deep tan head. The flavor is light bourbon, honey, chocolate, licorice. The finish is light bourbon, booze burn, light roast, light pine. Medium/thick in body. Nice overall.
Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle (2012), thanks to drfabulous. Sampled next to OH Imperial Stout. From notes: Pours thick and viscous, like motor oil. Aroma is full on fudge brownie; roast dialed down from imp stout. Honey present in the taste as well; slick, viscous, velvety ... really nice. rosenbergh (11931) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Bomber. Vintage 2013. From a trade with jcnielsen. Thanks a lot Justin! Enjoyed at the ISKTR 2014.
Black colour with a small brown head.
Whiskey sweetness, vanilla, roasted malt, hops and bitterness in the aroma.
The flavour is roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, a lot of sweetness and mild bitterness. Rich and smooth but still rather easy to drink.
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