jsquire (4578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2015
From 11-15-05 rating, retyped when separated: Very dark beer from the cask. The bourbon added a great nose to the beer. The sweetened coffee, vanilla and chocolate were all present but the bourbon added a very prominent flavor. The BA version is really a different beer that you should try to get. Dogbrick (13564) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Initial Rating Date: 4/23/2010Evolutionary (515) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Cask version at Barley’s Smokehouse, served in a snifter. Pours black with a medium tan head that dissipates to an outer ring quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and a bit of coconut. Medium to full smooth body with a moderately boozy character and flavors oaky bourbon, vanilla, malt and a touch of coconut. The finish is dark malts and bourbon. Pretty good overall but a definite step below most of the world class Barrel Aged Stouts out there.
Earlier Rating: 10/10/2005 Total Score: 4.2
10/8/05 - Firkin "preview": If this beer is an indicator of what the tower version will be, then Barley’s has finally entered the Imperial Stout arena with a true contender. Pitch black color with only a thin film atop, nil lacing as well. Loads of malt and bourbon in the nose. Super thick body but very smooth. Sweet malt and caramel dominate at first, with warming alcohol and bitter dark chocolate asserting themselves quickly. The finish is chewy and sweet with a bit of coffee and hops in the background. Looking forward to trying the regular version, considering how good this was.
Tap at barleys. Wow. Dark black pour with little brown head. Thick as oil and good hearty nose. Smooth and hides the alcohol. Very balanced and only thing I'd change is make it a bit more sweet. Great imperial stout overall.
---Rated via my mouth 1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
Pours a deep brown/black with a nice thick tan head. Malt taste of coffee and a hint of chocolate. Solid stout where the 12% ABV could sneek up on you. Very drinkable.
draft at brewpub bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Cask at the brewhouse. Black with a tan head. Smooth, milky, oatmeal, nice alcohol kick and very smooth. Easy to drink. Nice.
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
12% monster. Sweet! Excited to try. Alcohol very noticable. Lots of burn. Lightly sweet. from growler from WeeHeavySD at toncatcher’s T3 tasting.. Alittle bit malty. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2009
draft- hot, hot, heat. certainly has the roast as well, but plenty thin, and not really a super enjoyable drinking experience. Maybe the jamaican jerk wings had something to do with it. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2009
T3. Nose is sweet and musty. Stone fruit. Taste is overly fruity and creamy. Bleh. Not my favorite. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bomber at Toncatcher’s T3. Pours an amber-brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was sweet with brown sugar, malts and something vegetable. The taste was much better than the nose, there was a good chocolate base with sweet malts and some red wine. The mouthfeel was full and smooth. Overall: A very tasty RIS, would like to try a bit more of this when I’m sober. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Served from a bottle at toncatchers T3 tasting! Thanks to stefanje, lagunitasfan, weeheavysd, fordest, wetherel, alohac and of course toncatcher for suppling the house and grub. Thanks to Jon for bringing this in a GROWLER!!! Jeez would have liked a bigger sample. I only got an oz. Just kidding. A pretty good Imperial Stout.