DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to Rempo for trading me this a long time ago. 2007 vintage.
3.0 A: Black color. Pretty damn close to flat and no head formed.
3.5 S: The nose can best be described as mellow. The bourbon is the strongest component, but it is rather soft offering light leather and plum. The stout contributes sweet chocolate, some dark caramel, a mild roastiness, hints of raisin, and a good bit of molasses. Sweetness by far outweighs the roastiness. Indeed, there are no signs of any bitterness in the nose. Light oak and vanilla. Booze tingles the nostrils on a deep inhale.
4.0 T: Again this is quite mellow, but I guess that’s what I would expect out of a stout this old. Bourbon is the prominent flavor again. Leather, raisin, fig, and plum from that. More vanilla and oak than the nose suggests. A calm, well integrated chocolate, molasses, moderate roast, and dark crystal malt from the base beer. I was a bit surprised by how bitter this is. The roastiness is much more pronounced in the taste and the barrel seems to contribute a bit of tannic astringency. Overall, this is still pretty tasty and well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.
3.5 M: Heavy body, but on the lighter end of the designation. Much more carbonation than the pour suggested, but still less than I’d prefer. Good creaminess, perhaps a touch chewy, and smooth with a lightly astringent aftertaste.
3.5 D: A good, focused bourbon barrel stout. Flavors complement each other and well balanced. I wish, though, that one flavor would emerge to be the focal point of the brew (and some more carbonation wouldn’t be bad either). In any case, worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-15-2011 01:20:38 boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 Just enjoyed a 2008 vintage of this and had to adjust my rating. Was pretty phenomenal with some age on it. Nose had hot buttered rum and bourbon pecan pie notes. Not a whole lot of oxidation with good amount of bourbon oak tones still with hardly any alcohol heat. patrick767 (4095) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2011
[Original Rating - 3.9 score] Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark brown -- near black -- with a thin, light tan head. I got some bourbon and oak here, some wood character meshing with roasted malts. But also strong dark fruit flavors, like grapes, raisins, prunes, and plums. Sort of vinous which is a nice mix up here.
bottle (2007) - Drank last summer - Pours black with a small tan head and smells of chocolate malt, bourbon, and a hint of coffee. The flavor is strong roast chocolate malt with ample bourbon presence that avoids being overwhelming. It’s full bodied with light carbonation and a smooth palate. The age is doing well by this brew. Very tasty. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
750ml, red-waxed bottle, 2008 edition, courtesy of BBB63. thanks, mike! pours a deep, dark brown and sits black in the glass with a razor thin, beige head leaving a tight ring of lace and oily legs on the glass. aroma is great, fairly unique in this category, with big notes of toasted cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, and baker’s chocolate backed by charred oak, bourbon, butterscotch, and hints of earthy molasses. flavor is delicious as well with dark, vinous fruits, plums, and figs up front backed by heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and light coffee with smooth, woody bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar on the back end. palate is full bodied and smooth with very light carbonation and a dry, warming finish. overall, a damn tasty barrel aged imperial stout. BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2011
2007 Vintage Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours out dark brown topped with a tan head. Aroma was of molasses, dark roast, chocolate, and some brown sugar. Taste was more of the rich and sweetness. Along with a little spice and some pit fruit.
Dogbrick (13519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2011
Sample from 2008 bottle from an unknown source at One Funky Afternoon at Jackie O’s on 04/02/2011: This brew pours black with a thing beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is vinous with oak and vanilla notes. Rich body with flavors of oak, roasted malt and dark fruits. Touches of dark chocolate as well. The finish is malty with a dark fruity aftertaste. Above average overall. JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2011
2008 bottle sampled during One Funky Afternoon on 4/2/11. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of red wine, bourbon, oak vanilla and chocolate. Flavor starts with bourbon oak, then moves to vanilla and a meaty character (like jerky) before a chocolatey finish. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2008 maroon wax bottle thanks to BA: billschmeinke. Pours with a deep black body and a small brown foam head that slowly fades. The body leaves tons of alcohol legs on the side of the glass. Aromas are hugely vinous, raisins, plums, cinnamon, barrel, milk chocolate, prunes and vanillas. Flavors are extremely smooth, creamy. Dates, dark fruits, licorice, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, raisins, barrel, light autolysis (on the back end, which contributes a light salinity). Some maple. Very well hidden alcohol. Creamy with very light carbonation. Tmoney99 (14838) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Sample at IBGW 2011. Poured black color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet chocolate, wood and bourbon aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted malt and bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration. This is a very good brew that exceeded my expectations.
phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
750 ml bottle from lushawn. Thanks, Shawn! 2007 vintage shared at the Big Black Beer Bash. Pours a deep, dark opaque brown color with a very small brown ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, and roasted malts- so sweet overall, and the barrel dominates. Flavor follows suit but is more mellow- vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa syrup, and earth. Medium-full bodied, maybe lost a little in the barrels and then in the bottle over 3+ years. Low carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel. I could see how people might find this a little cloying for a BA imperial stout, but I don’t mind that vanilla sweetness and loved this beer.