Atom (2555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
12oz bottle pours a dark black/brown with slight tan lacing for a head. Aroma of chocolate, Bourbon, oak. molasses. Taste is a heavy Bourbon and oak mixed well with chocolate, a slight roast, flowery, with caramel. Pretty heavy on the Bourbon. Not bad though. JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Brad at Jackie O’s. Darkest brown to black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of booze, chocolate and roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with heavy bourbon before a roasty and boozy finish. Could use some time to mellow, but pretty tasty now too. PhillyCraft (7707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, first batch from either 07 or 08. Pours flattish brown with no head or lace. Notes were bitter as fuck, soy, roasted malt, bourbon, dark choc and toffee. Soft carbonation with a full mouthfeel. I think this one had too much soy, def on its way out. kaips1 (75) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2013
12oz bottle to oversized snifter, dont know which vintage. smells of vanilla and dark roasty malts, hints of barrel on the backend. pours a black as night abyss with a small amount of chocolate milk looking head that quickly disappeared. tastes of roast and bourbon and chocolate and vanilla and alcohol at the finish. the body is nicely rich and slightly chewy and some heat from the 15.5 % on the finish. overall this is pretty epic and much better than almost any bcbs that ive had. this kills . cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2008 bottling - Black pour, light carbonation, lacing is light. Nose is only slightly boozy, wood is prevelent, light on the vanilla. Very light mouthfeel, not viscous at all. Bitterness rips the outside edge with a minor amount of oxidation. Sweetness from bourbon is non-existent, any BA flavors are all but gone, finish stops 3/4 of the palate, very short. ABV of 15.5% has leveled off to a water-like level. FINAL: 6/20 Appearance is average and the heat from the booze has disapated, however it came at the cost of the rich vanilla and chocolate flavors that the bourbon used to showoff. While this is not a drain pour, I would say that this had peaked 6-8 months ago, and would have had only another 3 months before drain pour would have been the option.
rogee64 (21) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Nice thick pour, dark chocolate head. Aroma of tobacco and bourbon. Taste of tobacco chocolate and a little bit of coffee. 2009 bottle so this really mellowed out, fantastic beer! ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
12oz bottle, no wax, i believe this is the 2011 edition. pours a silky, somewhat thick, black capped by a razor thin, beige head that leaves slivers of lace on the glass. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of cocoa, toasted graham cracker, dark chocolate, and roasted malts backed by charred oak, bourbon, vanilla ice cream, and figs with a hint of toffee as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with heavy dark chocolate, mocha coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla up front backed by rich, smokey, toasted oak, toffee, bourbon, and dried fruits with sweet notes of coconut and angel’s food cake emerging just ahead of the spicy, bourbon finish. palate is full bodied and richer than expected for such high abv with a lingering finish of dark chocolate, oak, and warming bourbon. overall, i was pleasantly surprised by this beer. it’s a bourbon bomb for sure but i think a year of aging has served it well and brought out the sweetness and roast to balance the bourbon heat. nice beer. nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Black. No head. Nose of caramel, red wine, smoke, prunes, dark baking chocolate. Thick, but not overly so, with good, lively carbonation. Flavors of bitter chocolate, burnt toast, Scotch whisky. Very roasty. Very good, but burnt toast is a bit overwhelming. MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2012
Pour dark, as good as black, brown, with no head.
Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, slight chocolate, slight smoke, slight licorice, prunes, raisins and some boozy bourbony - woody stuff as well. - Quite tasty...
Taste is rather sweet, (probably follows with the 15,5 abv), but not too dominating. Semi-full bodied, with a rather flat carbonation. A little heat on the palate, which also follows along side with the above 15 abv...
- Thanks to Tom for sending me this. hopscotch (11180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. The bouquet is a hearty, rich assortment of fudge, caramel, light molasses, pouch tobacco, coconut and vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with modest carbonation. The flavor is boozy and burnt, offering loads of molasses, dried fruits and a vinous hint of brandy. Finishes nutty, caramely and boozy-bitter. World class imperial stout!