bytemesis (9349) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 25, 2017
Bottle. Pours opaque black, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is Bourbon, molasses, cocoa. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter. Full body. Kind of rough. anders37 (27284) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2017
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody vanilla chocolate caramel and licorice aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate finish. Tide (4509) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 12, 2017
Draught at Beer Hall SF. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, oak, chocolate, licorice, a bit of bourbon, dark fruits and a bit of coffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, oak, bourbon and dark fruits. Excellent imperial stout. anstei (2673) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala.
Aroma is biurbon vanilla over coffee
Body is heavy, sweet and sticky. Bourbon and boozy. But greatly balanced, it works.
Warming boozy palate, lingering barrel. Good. Travlr (26288) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle pour. Jet black color, small brown head. Aroma of licorice and burnt espresso. Taste has vanilla, coffee, leather. tasty.
beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Pours a near black color with a khaki head. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, roasty malts and dark fruit aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation with a bourbon, vanilla and molasses finish. On tap. douglas88 (9721) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours a pure black color with a small white head. A big sweet bourbon nose. The flavor is big sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa. Very good. mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..opaque with a medium tan head..aroma of bourbon, neepsntatties (2070) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2016
chocolate,coffee,vanilla..tastes like it smells..solid.
Bottle. Colour...basic black with a thin ecru head. Nose...very Bourbony, oaky and chocolatey with gobs of vanilla, cream. Palate...dry, frothy, oaky and laden with vanillin. The mid palate is very dry and Tootsie Roll-esque. The finish is long, boozy and robust. ineedbeer (2270) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Poured from a 22oz bottle.
Aroma is rich and malty with lots of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Light roast notes with some toasted bread. Moderate bourbon notes with some lighter oak. A touch of alcohol with some raisin, fig and prune notes.
Pours black with some dark brown hues on the edges and a thick, medium small, mocha head that recedes steadily to thee edges where it lingers for a bit. Light lacing and moderate length legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet and malt forward. Lots of caramel and toffee with some lighter chocolate notes. Some burnt sugar notes as well. Medium notes of raisin with some lighter fig and prune notes. Moderate bitterness. Medium light bourbon notes with a bit of oak.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice dark barleywine; a good cross between a stout and barleywine. Nice malt notes with some good bourbon and oak character. Alcohol isn’t too strong and well hidden behind the malt.