reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head...great retention and lacing. Aroma has nice bourbon with toasted coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla. Flavor follows suit and adds notes of mild smoke and brown sugar...awesome! Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a slightly boozy/oaky dark chocolate finish. So good! cards04 (2879) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
A really great brew. Pours a thick inky black. Awesome aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, sherry. Tastes like whisky, a bit of sour cherry, vinous, sherry, dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla. Just a great beer. jake65 (3986) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle: Near black pour with a finger of creamy brown head… dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is sublime; bourbon and oak, chocolate, vanilla. Same translates to the taste… light roast and a swirling blend of flavor. Really nice. One of the better barrel treatments that I can remember. Creamy feel and a slightly heavier than average feel. Looking back I had the original eight years ago (scored a 4.4) and this is an equally impressive experience some 2200 ratings later… outstanding. Admittedly my tastes have changed and so has the way I rate beers… really stands out in this case. Thanks a ton to JStax for sending this a while back. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours your usual RIS impenetrable black. Forms a fizzy head of deep tan bubbles, which dies rather swiftly - by sip #4, there was not even a ring. Carbonation lines the bottom of the snifter, making it appear almost tan at the bottom.
Smell: Oak, caramel, and vanilla well out of the glass so thick you can practically fold them. There are hints here and there of dark stone fruit and chocolate, but it’s mainly that caramel-vanilla blend.
Taste: Bourbon opens the flavor rush in a torrent of oak, caramel, and vanilla, almost exactly as the nose promised. As the initial burst of booze subsides to an undertone, bitter dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee manifest, with faint plum and currant rolling through as well. At the finish, the oak character surges back to the forefront, leaving an aftertaste of wood from a plum barrel, soaked in caramel and booze. As the beer warms, the plum and currant become bolder in the flavor profile while adding a hint of date, and the chocolate is joined by a touch of blackstrap, while the coffee fades a bit into the background.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but not quite chewy, this beer glides smoothly along the palate.
Overall: I’m glad this is currently a shelf beer for me, available any time I decide to purchase it. I’d put this up against most any hyped limited rare barrel-aged stout, and expect it to come in at least 90% as good, if not as good or better. Thirsty Dog knows what they’re doing in the barrel-aging department. Cybercat (6046) - Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Pours nearly opaque sable with s nice tan head. Aroma has strong woody, hoppy, coffee and roast malt tones. Flavor features woody, bourbon ,cocoa,coffee, roast malt and subtle molasses tones. Firm, thick mouthfeel features plenty of fizz and tingle. Howl for one!
Shot (558) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a thick beige head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. It smells like a decadent chocolate cake. Flavors are bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, raisin, plum and toffee. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful, delicious, decadent beer. Outstanding! superspak (5891) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter glass, bottled in Spring 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, dark bread, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light licorice/raisin, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, molasses, toffee, dark bread, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak/bourbon spiciness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible BA imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering. bierenjoyer1 (103) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Malts, cocoa, coffee, fig, bourbon and oak permeate the aroma. Pours black with a medium brown down that dissapates. The taste is big with malt, cocoa, liquorice, fig, coffee, bourbon, smoked oak, and alcohol but this brew does not have that typical heavy feel of big barrel aged stouts. The palate is malty with some residual carbonation. This is a very good sipping beer that should sit for about 15 minutes before enjoying so the aroms and flavors can reveal themselves. strap (955) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2016
Black with light head. Aroma packs a boozy punch...pronounced bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Bourbon flavor is well balanced, not overpowering. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2011
(draft @ Melt Bar and Grilled - Cleveland Heights, OH) Dark black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Big coffee and vanilla aroma with some nice chocolate underneath. Chocolate and slight bourbon flavors at the start with a coffee, chocolate and light smoke flavor near the middle. Finishes with a sweet and oaky coffee finish with a lightly sweet aftertaste. Very roasty and very tasty.