peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour with a large, expresso dark tan head. Very nice aroma is semi-hot bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, smooth and rich chocolate, and a nice and even, lightly roasted coffee presence although it falls behind both the bourbon and the chocolate. The front of the taste has the bourbon toned down and presents with very dry, almost bitter chocolate and roasted coffee and the back end gives way to the hotter aspects of the bourbon with vanilla and spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel is on the light side but very clean and almost dry. Very good beer although I don’t believe it improves on the original kopi, which has a much heavier coffee influence in both the aroma and flavor, the base speedway (an overall more complex beer as the darker fruit notes contrast with the chocolate and coffee), or even barrel aged speedway which, based on my recollection, presents as smoother and more balanced. Certainly worth a try just the same.
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, 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 (1413) - 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 (3426) - 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_ (120) - 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 (2380) - 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 (2377) - 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 (3135) - 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.
gendv138 (1331) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, coffee. Full body with a dry finish. Nice stuff.
jandd1983 (2567) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate, some light dough and bitterness. The taste was awesome, an amazing blend of everything. It had a thick texture. Very tasty.
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the RBSG14 Grand Tasting - Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, roasted malt, smooth coffee and richness. It has a medium / full lush body with mild carbonation. The flavor has lots of caramel, toffee, vanilla, smooth coffee and gentle roast. Really nice and easy to drink even though its got high alcohol and coffee involved.