HeadyDE (825) - Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2011 bottle..black color..mocha head...nose is as expected bourbon dominant with vanilla..coconut..char..slight cinnamon as well..mouthfeel is alright medium bodied a bit blander than anticipated but the age of the bottle probably has subdued things a bit..not quite sure how a bourbon barrel version of storm king is listed as the same abv as the regular storm king but oh well..in this rare case i prefer the non barreled age version of the imperial stout..this isn’t a bad offering but just doesn’t have the usual barrel aged imperial stout mouthfeel for my liking..alright though.. BuckeyeBoy (7509) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is bourbon vanilla oak roast malts chocolate and some ashtray. Taste is as the nose with lots of bourbon barrel goodness vanilla chocolate and a nice heavy roast malt. solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Some very sharp bourbon barrel here. Bitter finish. Some roast, dark chocolate. There isn’t a huge amount of underlying character here, or it hasn’t aged well at least. Pours black with good head and lacing. Bottle pour at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary. Beerdedone (3390) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and had a touch of coffee. slowrunner77 (11911) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"black with thin brown head. medium bodied, well carbonated, maybe a touch too much for the style, but that was expected...Storm King is the same. The difference between this and most other BB stouts is that the hops still come through, though the bourbony vanilla flavor and aroma are up front and center as well. chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, hops...nicely blended. a white whale since it came out that did not disappoint. 2010 batch. not quite with the very elite of the style, but not too far off, either. 2nd fresher batch needs to age a bit."
Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, some oxidation but the beer wears it well. Taste is sweet with a decent amount of bourbon heat at the finish. Medium mouth feel and light on the carbonation. This one impressed me. If I can find some cheap still on the shelves I will buy this again. djd07 (14354) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with larhe creamy beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Smoke aroma and roast. Medium mouthfeel with smoke and roasted malt with light boozy finish. superspak (5497) - Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Review 2400! 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/10/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lists. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, pine, grass, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, raisin, prune, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, pine, grass, and bourbon/oak earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, raisin, prune, vanilla, toffee, toast, oak, bourbon, pine, and bourbon/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate hop flavors; with a very nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
[bottle from Stowe liquors; 2011 edition (purchased in June, 2014)]
Butterscotch and vanilla oak aroma is strong, but supported by spicy pine hops and some chocolate-hazelnut. Opaque, oily black under a light brown cover with lace and considerable persistence for the style and age. The flavour begins sweet with oaky hazelnut, vanilla and slight chocolate and develops into sweet, boozy ethanol and a roasted barley flavour and bitterness. Sherry-like nuttiness from cellaring is apparent and works well with the oak character. Hops presence is appreciable and mostly bitter pine but does have some grapefruit peel. Full body; chewy, warming, moderate carbonation. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml bottle c/o J&K. Clear borderline opaque ruby-black with a minimal frothy beige head. Tons of dry roast in the aroma, a little cream with coffee, treacle and alcohol (8-). Taste of oak (not much bourbon, mostly wood), roasty and only vaguely sweet, which is nice, mid-level alcohol - really well done. Slick, mild carbonation at best, finishes fairly quick, a little herbal, some building booziness; "sophisticated, nice, pleasant ---- not amaaaaazing"