MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
My Bottom Line:hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2015
This memorable Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout develops medjool dates within its generous vanilla bourbon discourse, leading to an expressive and highly satisfying sipping experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the pure black.
-Alcohol heat is present throughout, but doesn’t bother the vanilla-laced profile.
-Bourbon barrel is quite present, as it seems to be with most Revolution barrel-aged beers, but it fits in perfectly with the grain bill. As it seems to do with most Revolution barrel-aged beers. ;)
-The slick mouthfeel is very elegant despite this beer’s heft. No obesity here.
Bottle... Pours tar-black with a mid-sized, creamy, fat-bubbled, khaki head. Great retention. Smooth bourbon and tobacco in the aroma. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is mainly just hot, acrid, acidic, sour mash whiskey. There is some dark cocoa here, but every other component is completely muted or dialed-down a couple notches and replaced with that red-hot bourbon. Burnt bitter acrid finish. This was in my cellar for about a year. If I still had a bottle, I would revisit this again in about three years - maybe only two. It’s not flawed in any way. Just a little wet behind the ears. Bottle courtesy of BBB63! troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2015
[Tap] Inky black pour with a small amount of light brown colored head. Nose of bakers chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. Heavy roasted malts, alcohol, burnt toast, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, earthy hops and some tobacco in the taste. Lingering alcohol notes. Creamy mouthfeel and medium in body. baraciisch (3165) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Dark black with light beige head... Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, chocolate... Flavor is sweet and fruity initially, bourbon vanilla, dark chocolate, light bourbon on palate... Solid
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a small light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with a decent amount of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, but not overpowering. Flavor is much of the same. Overall, a wonderful BA stout, definitely my favorite beer I’ve had from Revolution so far.
jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2015
It poured a black color with a brown head. The aroma was of moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and bourbon. The taste was of chocolate malts, some bourbon with some alcohol in the backend. Very nice. drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
12/26/14. 22oz bottle shared with great old friends at RIBCO, more or less thanks to my dad. Black pour with a small tan head, mild lacing. Great aroma, bourbon present, plenty of oak and vanilla, but not too much, melds well with chocolate, roast, caramel, and more. Good flavor, a nice blend of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. Tasty! ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2015
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is that of a sweet bourbon caramel, vanilla, and wood, with some chocolate syrup. Aromas of toffee and figs come in late. It pours a pitch black topped by a fizzy, active brown head that retains a medium ring and dusty surface, and leaves a light, splotchy, but runny, lace. The taste is a medium high sweet and bitter (in stages). The carbonation is fizzy and the texture is slick, waxy, and gets a bit sticky with warmth. The full body has a boozy warmth with flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, wood grains, and a burnt note. It finishes warm, like a mellow bourbon, and waxy with an aftertaste that’s roasty and woody, with notes of dark chocolate and nuts. koleminer20 (3463) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. Thanks! The pour is a viscousy black with a dark khaki head that falls quickly leaving a small trace of head, but mostly settles as a ring. The aroma is really boozy. There is a lot of bourbon heat up front and a nice vanilla in the background. Dark licorice and fruits come through on the back end. The flavor is a bit sweeter. There is a nice licorice presence before the roasted malt comes in. There is a light dark chocolate that finishes up. I like how the bitter comes back on the finish but there isn't much vanilla or barrel. The mouth feel is thinner than I'd like. There is a good carbonation but it just doesn't keep it around long enough. The strong roast is nice, but there is a lot to be desired here. Good, but could be much better.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone italianjohn (3108) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Black pour with an orange head .... Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, some dark fruits, light anise and some chocolate malts ..... Taste is oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate malts, coconut and light anise .... Has such depth and a nougat like flavor .... Nice sweetness with a light bitter bite .... Finish is dry and oaky with a sweet roasted bitter bite .... Abv hidden pretty well