popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Tap, City Beer Store. Pours dark, black with dark brown highlights. The head is mocha-colored and relatively small but sticks around well. The aroma is a big mix of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, caramel, coffee and bourbon, which is fairly restrained. The flavor is sweet but works quite well. It’s a thick, rich and luxurious beer with a deep well of flavor. It coats the mouth with sweet beer flavors and is quite excellent. One of my favorites from Valley so far. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Sample at Woodshop. Pours a fairly viscous black / brown with a small beige ring, some spotty lacing. Big nose of brown sugar, roasted malts, chocolate, and some faint coffee grounds. Brew was very thick and chewy with a light kick of booze and bourbon on the finish. yespr (48931) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
75 cL bottle. Aroma is dry malty and slight butterish to dark malty. Dry roasted and dark malty with a distinct bourbon note. Dry and bitter to dark malty. Phenolic and bourbon dry finish. Dark roasted malty finish. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Unlabeled bottle at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a deep blackish brown with a thin medium brown head. Aroma contains chocolate and caramel along with sweet bourbon notes and a solid roasted coffee note. Flavor is fantastic with rich brown sugar and caramel blending seamlessly with the stout character. Then there are the luxurious bourbon and roasted notes, just brilliant. This is the first I’ve heard of a straight up stout + barleywine blend and it makes you wonder why it’s not a common occurrence. Crushing beer. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
On tap at petes brass rail in Danville. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is rich with dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee beans. The flavor is super thick and complex chocolate, espresso, molasses, plums, prunes, and a bitter, burnt wood finish. The bourbon flavors of vanilla, wood and caramel are the perfect complement to what is otherwise a pretty fruity stout. This is really excellent stuff.
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Tasted at the 4th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/14/2009. This Imperial Stout pours a medium black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, dark fruit and some bourbon. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are fruity and sweet, chocolate and coffee. The hops are herbal. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Nice chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Dark brown, nearly black, in color with a small tan head that leaves a nice film on the beer. Aroma is chocolate, roast, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Really smells amazing. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted and caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and just a little bit of coffee. Nice smoky note in there as well, which I enjoy in an imperial stout. Body is medium for the style. Creamy on the mouthfeel but not quite as thick as I typically like in such a beer. Really great overall though. It is definitely decadent and dark, so the name is fitting. Ratman197 (15632) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, bourbon, bitter chocolate, light charcoal and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry lingering roasty bourbon finish. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 2009 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured very black, bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate, little butter, little coffee IrishBoy (4255) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Draft at Bistro’s BA Fest! Nose is oaky vanilla, light chocolate, and some bourbony sherry notes. Black with a medium cinnamon tan, glass lacing head. Flavor has a hint of bitterness, coffee, chocolate, light oak, and vanilla.