Theydon_Bois (18199) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, - JAN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to Josh, 16/01/14.
Mid black with a good sized dirty tan head that dissipates to the edge.
Nose is liqourice, booze, big roast coffee, light spice, dark toffee.
Taste comprises decadent chocolate notes, light roast, sweet tones, muscavado sugars, light coconut, earthy coffee, touch of boozedom.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, booze laced closure.
Nice impy with good, but not OTT, coffee leanings.
Arcanor (308) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 2014-12-04. Pours black with small off-white head. Aroma is maderation, cocoa, coffee and dried fruits. Taste has roasty coffee, caramel and dried fruits.
Aarslew (46) - - FEB 17, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from søernes ølbar. Pours pitch black with a tan head that disappears. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon sugary sweetness, and perhaps some smokey notes. Taste is bitter and smokey with a dark fruity sweetness. Not dessert sweet, but fruity, roast sweet.
coachd (697) - Missouri, USA - FEB 14, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Side Project Cellar. Somehow, the coffee comes out more in the barrel aged version than the regular. Bourbon barrel is most present in the aftertaste. Lactose sweetness is replaced by bourbon barrel sweetness and oak. This was excellent.
koleminer20 (3069) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Somehow this drinking session evaded my developments. Enjoyed at Doug’s house on October 28. 375 mL bottle. The pour is a lighter black/dark brown with a thin ring of light tan head that slowly fades without leaving any lace behind. The aroma is really strange. There is a strong grassy hop right up front that slowly works its way through to a light chocolate and caramel malt and a pretty heavy oak and light bourbon. It’s really interesting, but way too leafy and hoppy for me. The flavor is good. There is a lot of bourbon and chocolate. The oak offers a nice complexity, but then the leafy hops come rolling back through. It’s just not my jam. The mouth feel is light and watery with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly oaky bourbon chocolate on the finish. It’s pretty decent.
Garrold (4761) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, received in a trade. Very dark, chestnut brown. Film and some bubbles of sticky, leggy, tan head. Nose has melted, dark chocolate. Brown sugar laden coffee. Vanilla pod. Sawn oak. Notes of prune and date. Bourbon and fudge. Smells pretty awesome. Taste is sweet, fudgy and chocolatey. Some vine fruit dryness. Any bitterness is woody and vinous. Silky mouthfeel. Some warmth. Right side of chewy. Vinous, fruit and nut chocolate, bitter finish. Lovely.
Lowenbrau (3852) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5cl bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 17-05-2015.
In Short: mighty IStout.
Pours black with nice tan head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Roasty, wood, sweet liquor aromas. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Taste is roasty, sweet, wood, caramel, licorice. Quite strong beer, long lingering mouthfeel, Very enjoyable.
fkoolen (1089) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2016 Bottle at home. Pitch black, beige foamy head. Nice bourbon barrel character with butterscotch, vanilla, nutty notes and soft roasted malty milky coffee, brown sugar, light red fruits. Lingering coffee bourbon finish. Good body, low carbonation.
The_Osprey (7386) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle at home in Richmond as ’To Øl Goliat Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged’, 10.1%, 1st batch bottled in Sep 2013. Pours opaque black with a foamy brown head, leaving full lacing. Aroma is coconut macaroons and Turkish Delight, earthy dark chocolate with rose and vanilla, coffee. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is earthy, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, coffee, quite hoppy and floral, salted liquorice in the spicy finish. Rich and flavoursome. Tasty.
superspak (5116) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/10/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light licorice, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate coffee/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted malt bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial coffee stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Samtzu (303) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Pours a deep black with little off white head. Huge aroma of coffee, fruits, and malts. Full body with the Coffee, fruits, malts, and a slight sweetness coming through. The finish is bourbon sweetness with only a small alcohol kick.