coachd (904) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottled 10/22/13. Aroma of bourbon, slight oak, vanilla, nutmeg and sweet malt, kind of like a barleywine. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that sticks around forever. Tastes like oak, lots of bourbon heat and spiciness that lingers after the sip. A little too woody, palate is nothing special. I have had this many times fresh; I think I like it better that way. Also, unlike other imperial stouts, this one is better at a colder temperature.
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Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy medium brown head. Aroma is a nice roasted malts, burnt chocolate, light bourbon and vanilla. Flavor has a slightly harsh roasted malts, nice bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate. Medium to heavy body with a lingering roasted malts and light burnt chocolate. Very tasty! Definitely gonna let my other one sit another year or two. HeadyDE (868) - Delaware, USA - DEC 12, 2014
tap pour at 2SP..black color with slight film head to start that dissipates..nose is solid with definite bourbon undertones..vanilla mostly on the nose with a bit of cinnamon..chocolate...taste is nice pairs well with dessert not overly boozy or hot with a good lingering interesting presence from the barrel to keep things interesting..some butterscotch in there as well. .overall a nice offering that is a good dessert stout GRM (4143) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, 2011 vintage, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 9 2014; eye: black, opaque, good sheet of beige head, average lacing; nose: bourbon, woody, roasted barley, light burnt barley, molasses, ink; mouth: bourbon, woody, roasted barley, light burnt barley, molasses, ink, alcohol, light pepper, finale in bourbon with woody presence, full body, below-average carbonation, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, millésime 2011, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 9 novembre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, bonne couverture de mousse beige, dentelle moyenne; nez : bourbon, boisé, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, mélasse, encre; bouche : bourbon, boisé, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, mélasse, encre, alcool, léger poivre, finale en bourbon avec présence boisée, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien bon MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2014
2008 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle after cellaring an already 3-year old bottle for another 3 years plus.
This 6-year old brew poured out a dense frothy dark brown mixture of bubbles and beer, which quickly settled down to leave an opaque black-brown liquid with a 1-finger tan head (that did not linger) and a small, but respectable, amount of lacing.
Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and wood. I think Bourbon may be in there too, but it's masked by the intensity of the dark fruit and other aromas.
Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, caramel and charred oak.
Very full body and medium carbonation with a mouthfeel that makes you wish it you could just let it linger in your mouth.
I've tasted other vintages fresh. I'm not sure whether it's the aging or the vintage, but this bottle is better.
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frank0830 (70) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Poured a deep brown in my snifter. Not the big bold flavor expected from a barrel aged imperial stout but still very good. Big malt backbone that pronounces good flavor. It seems vanilla and banana notes come though the most. Nice on the palate, not bosey, not overly bitter. Good Impy stout, but not over the top.
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"i think only because i’ve had so may elite BB stouts, this is ends up not quite elite...but very very good nonetheless. big roasty chocolatey stout blends with a subtle at first but then more assertive bourbon. maybe too much peppery bourbon competes with the stout to make this just a touch lower than, say, Rasputin 12 or bourbon county, but it is quite good. probably a one timer given it’s scarcity and price." solidfunk (9363) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4000 back to Missouri roots!!! My liver feels it. Good beer, dark chocolate, a little overbarrelled but still good. Maroonish black pour with mocha head and lacing. Lots of booze, could be from the barrel. Bitter finish with some caramel sweetness. Tap at smoke and barrel. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak and roasted aromas. Flavors are ok, chocolate roasted and other sweet malt tones. Boutip (6486) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and strong bourbon notes with sweet roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of vanilla notes with strong bourbon notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes with light black chocolate. Body is somewhat full with an oily like texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Bourbon notes are quite dominant but there is just too much residual sugar for my taste at the end of the day.