nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at City Beer. Black in color with a small tan head. Very sharp roasty bitter chocolate aroma. Flavor is dark chocolate malt with molasses and booze. Full body with soft carbonation. Solid beer.
ACD (655) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at IMBC. Black, syrupy look to it, little tan head. Great bourbon nose - lots of sweet oak - dark chocolate in there and some roasted tones. Huge flavour - massive. Chocolate, vanilla, big bourbon sweetness, lots of roasty depth. Booze kicks in, you can tell it's a big fella. Full, viscous body. Coffee bitterness to finish, with lingering bourbon and alcohol. Impressive, a definite sipper
RobertDale (3564) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Keith! Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and charred barrel. Chocolate comes out as it warms. Very good.
jhp40219 (309) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber cellared for 7 months and poured into a snifter glass. I was thinking of saving this for a special occation, but itís Louisville Craft Beer Week this week, so why not now? Pours black with a khaki brown head that fades into a ring of bubbles. Some spotty lacing that mostly slides back down into the beer. Aroma of black licorice, tobacco, smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, rye, bourbon and oak. Taste is huge! Smokey, toasted oak, bourbon, rye, dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate. Alcohol is actually rather subdued for a 13%er. You can definetly taste it, but itís a bit more subdued and not overpowering. The alcohol burn is not nearly as strong as expected. The rye adds a spicy little kick that adds a bit more depth to this that helps it stand out from the rest of the bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts Iíve had. Delicious, long drawn out finish of chocolate, vanilla and oak with a hint of bourbon. Full bodied, oily texture, average carbonation. This is a sipper beer, but Iím having a hard time sipping it! Itís so damn good that sips have become drinks. AtG really hit it out of the ballpark on this one, (yes that is a pun, seeing as how the brewery is in a baseball park). If you can find it, get it!
Marsiblursi (3021) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma holds dry coffee/liquorice/asphalt roast, light smoke, vanilla, woodshop, spicy wood, re, toffee and resinous hops. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with notes of wood, hard roast and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is numbing and quite "slim" for and imp with a medium carbonation. Roast, bitter hops, wood and alcohol on the finish. Medium bodied.
_angst_ (2854) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours dark reddish brown with a small fizzy mocha head that doesnít leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, smoke, charred wood, roasted coconut and hints of soil and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, corn bread, vanilla fudge, charred wood, bourbon, oatmeal, hay, soil, sweetened coffee, chocolate and hints of alcohol and coconut milk. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny sparkling, tiny dry, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, coconut milk, chocolate, sweetened coffee, bourbon and soil. Tasty but would have loved it if it was heavier. Feels a bit light on the mouthfeel and a bit heavy on the carbonation.
dfearnley (1032) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to goblet
Coffee, caramel, toffee, light coffee, and rye. Thick silky black with a thin creamy tan head. Bourbon, coffee, caramel, toasted malt, rye, and awesomesauce.
kbudd19 (646) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. From Alexisdad06 thanks man! Thick black pour with a nice finger of tan head. Aroma is smoke, roasted malts, oak, and vanilla. Taste is rich smoke, vanilla, oak, rich sweetness, with a bitter finish. Very nice, rely well rounded not sure what batch this is but there is a ton of bourbon character here, delicious.
greenclansman (823) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - SEP 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing beer. Pitch black color, nice stout aromas (coffee and chocolate). Super mouthful flavor. Oak, vanilla...with a smokey rich aftertaste. One of the best Imperial Stout ever
ineedbeer (786) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1, 2013 vintage.
Aroma is slightly sweet and roasty with quite a large smoked malt character. Some moderate rye notes and light chocolate and hints of dark fruit esters.
Pours a dark brown but not quite black with a thick, light mocha head that recedes to the edges.
Flavor is sweet with a lot of roast and chocolate. Tons of smoked malt character with hints of bourbon and oak. Medium light bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice smoked stout but the bourbon barely comes through and the pappy barrels are a bit of a waste.