GregMooreNH (114) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2017 tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2012. Pour is nearly pitch black with a little light getting through on the edge, and a mocha head. Lots of vanilla and coffee on the nose, some oak, milk chocolate, lots of toasted malt, and some bourbon. Taste is a lot weaker than I was expecting, milk chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and caramel notes, a bit of oak and toasted malt. Smelled great, but the taste was a letdown. Almost a watery mouthfeel with not much of a finish. I’ll have to try a fresh bottle to compare.
Pours black with foamy, 3 finger head that dissipates without lacing. Aroma is whiskey with a hint of chocolate malt. Malt flavor is taken over by whiskey notes. Aftertaste adds a bourbon flavor. A very drinkable barrel-aged stout, but not exceptional. thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2017
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 (2026) - 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 (2035) - 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 (38) - 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 (806) - 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 (7925) - 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 (1773) - 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 (4541) - 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 (1116) - 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.