_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours black with a mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, chocolate covered cherries, bourbon alcohol and soil. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted coconut, moist soil, bourbon alcohol and hints of banana bread. Mouthfeel is soft, round, velvety, slightly boozy, tiny astringent and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, dark chocolate, moist soil and hints of bourbon alcohol. Great balance between the barrel and base beer. Really damn tasty!
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds bourbon up front with coffee and dark chocolate. Ones again, not that complex but perfect balance and the yummy factor is maximal. The flavour is near medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, coconut, coffee, chocolate, fruits and balanced hops. The mouthfeel is soccer, valvety and smooth with a light carbonation. Complex, lingering finish. Near full bodied.
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. big black beer. bourbon and coffee with the base beer just supporting. bordering on over the top but not quite there.
Ktwse (2603) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with deep tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, nuts, oak barrels, vanilla, molasses, very very nice! Taste is an onslaught of chocolate and vanilla, followed by light sweet licorice and coffee bitter finish that lasts for days. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation. My favorite Speedway Stout!
ansalon (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours matte black almost black hole black with a very low tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, muscovado sugar, hazelnuts. Taste is bloody amazing: well integrated coffee tones, dark chocolate, muscovado, sugar, bourbon, slight nutty notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with almost no carbonation. Perfection in every way and amazingly well balanced!
charule (1520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Poolaga. Poured thick with constant tan head. Aroma of strong vanilla extract sweet molasses lighter coffee that’s dark roasty. Very light carb med thick bod. Taste is light bitter roasty coffee, still pretty bourbon forward. Killer
Advocate_Ames (493) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged 1yr. Pours dark with a reddish hue underneath the ring of foam that hugs my glass. The head dissipated fast than I would have liked. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, sweet carmel candy, mild to medium intensity of roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, soft hints of dark fruit, and oak barrel scents. While tasting I get sweet bourbon, descent amounts of bitter roasted coffee, rich carmel malts, and a defined vanilla flavor. The finish is really balanced with a lasting semi dry booze taste with a fading sweetness that is overwhelmed by a moderate bitterness. Overall I really enjoyed this beverage.
Staffan47 (888) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Mörk choklad i doften. Flytande choklad i perfekt balans med bourbon. Balans och världsklass, som så ofta med detta bryggeri. Sitter helt perfekt. Tack till Andreas.
VsXsV (2682) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate and light toffee. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of vanilla, coffee and bourbon. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really, really good. Wonderful aroma.
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlogged rating. The empty bottle is still sitting on my shelf of rare beers in the living room curio. Direct from the brewery via online pre-order. A fantastic beer in every sense; I’ve been lucky enough to try two bottles of this but yet to experience it on draft. Same fantastic oaky, bourbon-soaked coffee and chocolate aroma that follows suit with the flavor. The coffee bitterness in the flavor is much more mellow than the regular barrel-aged version. Sweet charred brown sugar, firewood, chocolate cherry and maple syrup blended in the flavor. Super smooth, velvety mouth-feel. Warming alcohol finish that rounds it all out. With a few years of age and less heat, this would be my only "5". All around a world-class imperial stout that Alesmith, yet again, has taken to a whole other level. God damn I am lucky to live in San Diego.