jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
750 bottle @RBSG-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-molasses, secondary spice/earthy hops. Taste is spice/grassy/pine hops, dark malt-molasses. A bit harsh to my taste. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 2, 2011
750ml bottle from peteinSD. Dark brown almost black with a thick, dense, creamy light tan head. Aroma of lots of bitter-sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, bourbon and some pine resin. Flavor is bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate and some boozy bourbon. Full body with average carbonation and a thick chewy mouth feel. Great beer, you get more bourbon than oak character, think I like Storm King better. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle thanks jeff for holding one for me. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, licorice, woody aroma. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and woody tones. Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
bottle shared at RBWG. Hmmm, i must say that im not impressed with this one at all. Storm king to me, is a "lite" imperial stout and would not benefit from any barrel aging. This sample proved to be fact, at least for me. dark brown hue with a small kacki soapy head. wierd nose-Daknole and I looked at each other and were like "hmm, something isnt right here" they took a great base beer and pretty much bastardized it. ashy, lite roast and dark fruit dominate the nose. mostly the ashy quality that throws me off. muddled flavors of roast, char ,and lite carmel. the burbon aging here covers up most of the base beers character which is a travesty. ashy finish along with a slight kick of bourbon. not that good at all and definately a let-down. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2011
The beer pours with a rich, dark black color that sits underneath a nicely browned head that starts out two-fingers thick and even leaves some thin lacing on the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer smells of toasted coconut, soft Bourbon alcohol notes, spicy oak and some soft woody notes. The alcohol gets a bit more hot towards the finish of the aroma. While a bit harder to notice, there is some dark, roasted malt character to the nose that contributes a solid burnt whole-grain toast aroma as well as a roasted, noti quite burnt nutty note. The beer is quite aromatic, and I like that the Bourbon contributes lots of smooth coconut rather than the really spicy Bourbon alcohol spiciness; the long finish can “burn” the insides of my nose sometimes though.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Somewhat sweet tasting, though not overly so for an Imperial Stout, but it has a rich nutty character as well as a bright coconut note that are accentuated and accentuate the malt sweetness. There is a roasted, toasted malt character to this beer up front that contributes flavors reminiscent of burnt chocolate, darkly roasted espresso and toasted whole grain bread. The finish has a toasted roasted whole grain character to it that is somehow distinct from what you get from bread. The finish also sees a lingering, almost sweet, toasted coconut flavor that ultimately succumbs to a bitter roast character and some warming alcohol notes. The body of this beer definitely has a lightness to it; as does the base beer, at least for an Imperial Stout, but seems even further lightened up by the time spent in the barrel. The bourbon provides a fruitiness of some sort to the flavor that melds into the coconut character. The carbonation accentuates a cola like flavor in this beer in my second pour.
This could use some more malt and body to stand up to the Bourbon character, which can be a little hot at times. This is still tasty enough for a Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout though.
750mL at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a clear mahogany with a thick, tan, sheen head. Big retention and sheety lace. Savory tobacco nose with fatty meat. Very rich with mild spicy wood and no alcohol heat. Taste is very bitter and ashy with paper, slate, and mild soy. Palate is slate and paper. Need to retry. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle shared at Damico’s Philly Beer Week event. A big thank you for sharing this brother. Damn tasty. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of hops and chocolate. Sweet chocolate taste with a perfect hop layer. Nice warmth on the finish from the bourbon barrel aging. jtclockwork (16444) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon barrel, roast chocolate, vanilla and some licorice. Mild dry hops in finish. Medium body. yespr (44810) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2011
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight breadish. Light chocolate to liqourice flavoured. Bitter, dark raosted malty and distinct fruity. Bitter and citric finish. Bitter, dark roasted and malty flavoured. simple and dry hoppy. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Large chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate and medium coffee. Nice full bodied beer. Very nice.