Advocate_Ames (513) - 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 (890) - 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 (2875) - Stockholm, 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 (979) - 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.
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours black with a beige-brown head. Aroma is port wine, coffee, raisins, roasted hazelnut, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, wood, liquor, hazelnut, roast. Finish is coffee, dark chocolate, liquor, bourbon, port wine. Lingering coffee and booze. Medium to full body, soft, velvety mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Very awesome impy stout.
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour thanks Phil. Black pour with tan head. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, barrel, bourbon oak, chocolate and coffee flavors.
Luk_ (238) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Bottle. Black, almost completely opaque, pour with small dark brown head. Aroma is roasted grain an coffee, some discernable vegetal notes from the Kopi Luwak along with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and spices. Taste is bourbon heat upfront, very roasted and bitter from hops or vegetal notes. Not my favourite type of stout but more drinkable than regular Kopi. Also, Alesmith’s base stout is world class quality, so it definitly helps.
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gift from SJ. Amazing notes of Vanilla, berry, chocolate whiskey, plum and wood. I didn’t even notice the weasel poop
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Black, opaque with tan head. Coffee, some ash and prune aroma, then more coffee and almonds. A little acidic, coffee bitterness in the mouth, then vanilla. No carbonation, full body and thick, syrupy texture with a little burnt finish.
mR_fr0g (5829) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - yellow session. Huge thanks to ronny / tkrjukoff for the sample. Aroma is big earthy / dirty coffee, soft roast, booze, vanilla. A lot of complexity in the aroma. Viscous black motor oil pour with a relucant tan head. Flavour is boozy alcoholo, dark choc, dirty coffee, earthy. Smooth palate, viscous with lowish carbonation. Spicy finish. Some apparent rubbing alcohol is a bit off putting, otherwise it is excelent.