Cracked open a bottle of my bourbon barrel imperial stout. Sits at 9.2% ABV, brewed with 17.25 lbs of grain. Aged 1 month in oak barrel with 8 oz. woodford reserve. Here is my opinion of my homebrew. Tasting Notes:
Popped the top, and didn't hear the signature "pshh" sound. Poured into a snifter. No carbonation! I thought to myself, "not again, i undercarbonated". The more i thought about it, i think the cold had something to do with it. I had my bottles in my chest freezer in the garage. Well it hasn't gotten higher than 55 degrees in the garage in the 2 weeks it was supposed to be carbonating. So i believe that is the problem. I have since, moved all the bottles into a closet inside and swirled them a little. Popped a second top the next day and there was low amount of carb, but more than the first day.
Tasting Notes: This is a fantastic brew. If it carbonates like it supposed to, this one could win medals, IMO. The first aroma of bourbon is present. The first sip you get a hint of bourbon, but it is mellowed out very well by the oak barrel and is given an almost-vanilla like taste. Then the stout comes through, and is fantastic, and balances out the beer very well. This beer is a slow sipper, and the perfect glass is a brandy snifter. The warm feel of the bourbon mixed with the sweet chocolate/toffee flavor of the stout makes it a perfect cold weather brew. If this thing carbonates the way it supposed to, it's going to be great. My brother and my friend tried it and they both agreed that it was fantastic like it was, but if it carbonates it will be unbelievable. New Beers Tried
Brooklyn Black Ops Image: http://brooklynbrewery.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/BlackOpsBeautyShot.jpg
Tried this after my homebrew. Fantastic beer, and was a perfect comparison beer. My brother actually told me that mine tasted better, but the finish on Brooklyn was much better. (probably due to the carbonation). This was probably the most expensive single beer i've ever bought ($25). Very good.
Sam Adams Stonybrook Red Image: http://blog.beeriety.com/wp-content/uploads/stony.jpg
Not a good beer, IMO. Tasted like that bud light chelada shite. Belgian ale with some "tart" which i assume is some brett bacteria. This one was not for me.