Grovlam (4247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle. Large creamy light brown head that had a very nice lasting display of lacework. Color was very black. Heavy aroma of chocolate, coffee, burned notes and a good mix of wood, liquorish, light vanilla and whisky as well. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and only the warming feeling of alcohol. Moderated sweet malty flavor with light burned bitterness. Excellent lingering sweet finish. Very nice Imperial Stout. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Big thanks to Jasonmech77 for this one.
The aroma holds a hint of cola, oak, milk chocolate and roasted malt. The body was deep black with a thumb thick mocha head that lasted for the length of the drinking session. The fore held chocolate and cola and the carbonation was very high. The oak aging seemed to have thinned it out a lot and with the high carbonation it came across almost Belgian like. The barrel asspects aren’t very noticeable. There are some sweeter cream accented coffee and chocolate notes toward the finish and hints of caramel. On the whole I wasn’t overly impressed. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of Kramer 17801. Pours a very dark brown, close to black, with a vague tint of red and a creamy, lacing, beige head. Lightly burned malt aroma. Surprisingly the body is only medium with a very soft mouthfeel, roasted and lightly burned malt accents with a very discreet whiskey touch and some oak. The bitterness is very subdued. 170607 GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Another very solid showing from Stoudt’s. After consuming the regular Fat Dog awhile back, I was excited to have the chance at cracking the BA version of the same beer. The aroma was a little more subdued than the regular verion, but what I got was a big attack of malt, whiskey, vanilla, some wood and a bit of caramel but it was really toned down. Appearance was dark as night with everything clocking in as expected. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy. Flavor was sublimely malty, dark chocolate, espresso, with a bit of wood. I found very little whiskey character in this beer, and that was fine. Overall a nice find if you can lay your hands on it. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Big big thanks to Degarth for opening this big fat puppy.
TheBeerGod (6221) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours very dark with tall frothy mocha head. The aroma is just like the non barrel aged version with roasted malts, burnt malts, hints of chocolate, licorice, a hint of oatmeal twang and a very faint wood sort of note. This beer has somewhat a thin mouth feel with a well above average level of carbonation. So much carbonation that something may have gone slightly wrong with the bottle conditioning at some point. But no artifacts were noticed in the aroma or flavor .In the taste I get oatmeal up front with sweet roasted and burnt malts. Midway a sweeter molasses is noticed as well as a soft muted wood note. Toward the finish there’s maybe the slightest non alcohol boosted whiskey sweetness.
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Corked and caged 765mL bottle. Not quite jet black. Opaque except for the edges which reveal almost a mahogany-like color. Dense foamy tan head rests on the surface. Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and soft alcohol. Taste is very roasty with dark chocolate, more vanilla, soft molasses, coffee notes and mild wood. Light alcohol here as well. Body is medium with bubbly carbonation and mild warmth. Finishes with a tad more bitterness, bigger coffee, roasted malts, dark, bittersweet chocolate, and light alcohol. The wood has faded during the finish. Nice stuff! cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2007
765 ml bottle via trade with hopdog - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, light coffee, light chocolate, and very light oak/bourbon. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. Slight dry, bitter aftertaste. Slight alcohol warming on the stomach (maybe I should eat). A good IS, but nothing makes it really stand out. Thanks Steve. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
25 oz bottle, vis BA BeerBeing. Pours a flat black colored body with some light passing through the edges. Large frothy meringue like brown head that climbed out of my snifter. As kenb said, very large head, but a few scoops out with a spoon to lose some of the head, slightly warmer than cellar temp, and an appropriate breathing time seems to be essential for this beer. You may call that a flaw, but I just see it as a condition for certain beers to express themselves. The aroma is quite soft and subtle. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, roast, chocolate, wood, light alcohol, coffee, and tar all meld seamlessly. The flavor is pretty subtle and nuanced as well. Nice roasty malt with light ashy burnt and chocolate accents. A little chalky and dry yeast on the finish. One of the most subtle bourbon beers I’ve had. Way more drinkable than most BA Imperial Stouts. I’m loving the vanilla on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thinner than expected consistency. Nice low soft carbonation when given the chance to breathe. I couldn’t believe how easy this was to drink, I downed the whole 750 before I knew it. Amazingly well hidden alcohol. Truely a treat in this age of over the top brash BA Impys. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2007
750ML bottle VIA DocLock at Mystery Swap 2.0 (thanks man!). This pours black with ruby accents and a massive tan head that takes forever to recede..c’mon, ’cmon..i am tired of waiting..gotta drink this bad boy! Not getting much from the nose, likely due to the head being TOO big. Ok, so it tastes like beer aged for a short time in oak barrels. Oh, and it has a huge head and you have to wait almost forever to drink it as the frakkin head just doesn’t want to leave. It is average, actually a bit below average for an Oak aged Stout. Thin body. Absurdly high carbonation, almost like drinking an oak flavored cola..so fizzy you cannot taste much else..just oaky fizz...One dimensional flavor. A bit of a letdown. ..... Next! nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Dark brown-black pour with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor held some dark fruit, bourbon elements, and some light chocolate. Decent body, bittersweet finish.