thegreenrooster (4448) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains surprisingly well for a barrel-aged RIS (though perhaps not given its ABV). A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.
S: There’s a bourbon character here - and it’s a wholly decent one at that. Notes of vanilla, charred oak, and coconut complement the chocolaty, roasty base.
T: Wow, I’m surprised how heavily the barrel character comes through. The opening chocolate sweetness is quickly supplanted by vanilla and coconut in the middle. It finishes with strong charred oak and a returning hint of powdered chocolate. This one lacks complexity - great chocolate character, though.
M: Tannic with a capital T. The lighter body and dry finish means this comes out more strongly than, say, BCBS. However, there’s still a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. If I have a (big) problem, it’s that the texture seems almost inadequately thin and angular on the palate given the sweetness level. The good drinkability can’t compensate, either.
O: This is a poor man’s BCBS in every sense of the word. It’s not as decadent, not as big, not as flavorful, not as hard to find, and not as expensive. The mouthfeel is underwhelming, but I can really see this as a great introduction to barrel-aged imperial stouts. Hell, I’d gladly pick it up again myself.
Pour is a complete black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted/chared malt with a barely there barrel. The barrel becomes more apparent as this warms. Flavor is is a decent roasted malt, plenty of vanilla and a minor oak. Much like the aroma the oak shows itself more as this gets up to room temperature. This was a solid offering. SG111 (1876) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, some esters, dark fruit, fig, plum, toffee, vanilla.Flavor is drinking fruit, astringency, dark fruit, esters. Wow, poorly executed. DocJitsu (2004) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Pours a very dark with nearly no head. Dark roast , dark chocolate and coconut nose. Dark malt, dark chocolate , marshmallow, coffee, and coconut. NJBarstool (35) - Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2016
The aroma has a boozy whiskey front note. I don’t smell chocolate or coffee so much, but the vanilla is there. The appearance is very black, like flat root beer. You have to shake this thing up to get any head out of it. I’ve had other imperial barrel aged stouts before, ones that have far higher abv’s. This one tastes like a stronger beer than 8.2%. Perhaps it’s the stronger bourbon aroma playing a trick on the brain, but I’ve had stouts 4-5 percentage points higher abv that go down a lot smoother. It has a mouth feel similar to red wine, and a warming sensation similar to a Pinot Noir. Overall a very good beer, and similar to Weyerbacher’s bold style. I personally prefer Dragons Milk, but it’s a solid beer in the category. odinstyr (811) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Pours a velvety black with minimal brown head. Smells of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter - coffee and cocoa.
PhillyCraft (7417) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Vtg blackberry backlog. Bottle, Pours black with brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, toasty coffee, vanilla, and plum. Very warming stout with a fair bit of balance. I like it for the most part. hman43 (1612) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2016
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has coffee aromas with roast and a bit of smoke. There are flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roast, smoke and a bitter finish. vipinvelp (4473) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Black color, short lasting brown foam head. Coffee in aroma, smooth drinking w/ coffee and vanilla taste, oak and smooth whiskey tones. Nice. (Velp 201605) jsporrer (1040) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan ring. Medium carbonation with plenty of lacing. Strong aroma of whiskey. A little thin for a stout. Fairly smooth with some roasted malts. Alcohol is not too overpowering. Very enjoyable. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2016
Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Black with a mostly lasting, small neige head. Initially sweet, some roasty nuances, like a creamy mocha latte, some whiskey booziness. Full bodied, very smooth, very drinkable especially considering the double-digit ABV.