Lanchester (196) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
This beer almost seemed to pour in slow-motion, very thick appearance. Jet black with a dense mocha colored head, gradually receding to yield nice layered lacing around the glass. Rich and complex aroma, very earthy notes; black soil, charred wood, coffee, and a familiar blend of vanilla and maple tones that come with bourbon barrel aging. There’s a lot happening all at once flavor-wise here, solid roasted and burnt malts vie for attention against a sharp and bitter hop profile. Finish is long with prominent woodiness and light astringency with traces of whiskey aromatics. Nice and full on the palate, really coats the tongue. Carbonation is low although lends a creaminess which helps tie all the flavors together. This is a fine and curious substance indeed. Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Bottle thanks to chris, this one was aged for about a year. The taste was very nice it had lots of vanilia, lots of chocolate, and lots of bourbon, also coffee in there is well. Very enjoyable stuff. JRock72 (605) - - SEP 18, 2011
2009 Bottle thanks to Chris. Poured thick dark black with little head that retained. Very nice bourbon aromas and flavours mixed with roasty malts with hint of chocolate. Strong, alcoholic finish. Very interesting. RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
not sure if im rating the right one as we had a bourbon aged version. this was an awesome stout. roast chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a bourbon flavour. great sipper. thanks to Chris for this one! C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 2010 edition. Pours jet black with a one finger, off-white head. On the nose are rich roasted malts, dark fruit, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, rich smoke, cured meats, burnt toast, vanilla, oak and a bit of phenol. Mouth feel is thick and oily with perfect carbonation. Taste-wise, a blast of smoke, charred wood, ash and charcoal bombard the palate riding atop a sour wave of rich dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate and espresso follow, reaching a bitter conclusion of burnt, hoppy flavours. The finish is long and extremely bitter leaving burnt toast, 90% dark chocolate, coffee and oak. The smoke and char is like a punch in the face with this brew, and the sweet tartness from the dark fruit is no slouch either. The best bourbon barrel-aged stout I’ve had so far by a huge margin.
**Edit [07/28/2012]: Since trying this beer, I’ve had the 2011 edition when it was still very fresh. It wasn’t as good as the 2010. I recently had another 2011 that’s been sitting in my cellar for about a year now, and it was much improved, if not better than the 2010. Very, very smokey. The 2010 in the original review was about a year old as well, so this one really benefits from some aging.
d07c0m (126) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
Pours thick and viscous like oil. Appearance is of oily chocolate syrup with a thin head of dark brown bubbles. Goes down velvety smooth. Almost like drinking chocolate cake. Bourbon/vanilla is very nicely balanced with the chocolate, coffee, and flavorful hop profile. Alcohol is warming at 9.2%
Delicious brew. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Aaron, 2010 vintage.
Pours pitch black underneath a thick mocha head that doesn’t stick around long and leaves only a small collar.
Aroma is really rich with lots of bakers chocolate, espresso, hints of smoke and tar. Hints of bourbon and oak, maybe some vanilla as well.
Taste is seriously roasty and brings the black malts to the forefront with some oak and bourbon complimenting. I’s really bittersweet if that makes sense, tons of roasty bitterness but with some vanilla and licorice to balance it out, semi-sweet chocolate as well.
Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation with an astringent bitterness after each sip.
This is a really hefty impy stout, especially clocking in under 10%. Massive roast character with barrel character to even things out. Very nice. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee and earthy aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good beer and my expectations where exceeded. BLAP (73) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Deep black beer with a good head. Strong empyreumatic aroma. Taste of sugar and torrefied coffee, maybe a litle too torrefied. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to Arch. Pours oily black with brown head. Good lacing. Nose/taste of smoked chocolate malt, peat, light ash, roast coffee beans, vanilla and mocha. Medium body for an imperial. Roasty - slightly bitter and dry finish.