klm1 (852) - - FEB 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2016 Pours oily black color, slightly haze, with foamy brown head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma is rich and complex: where to start? Dark and roasted malts aroma, with notes of dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, coffee, cocoa beans, hazelnuts, hop aroma with notes of dark, stone fruits, like cherries, berries, plums, prunes; then bourbon, vanilla, wood, etc....
Flavor: complex and rich as aroma or even more: prevailing notes of coffee, bourbon, dark malts, hops...they takes on all ingredients, which I mentioned by aroma, but they are perfectly balanced in one unit. Body is full, texture silky smooth, carbonation is low. Finish is sticky, dry, slightly bitter. Alcohol warmth is gentle noticeable. Incredible! For sure one of the very best imperial stouts!
last1standing (15) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh boy just filled my bath tub trick or treat this baby ooooooooooh boy. Puts hair on my chest.
lasancan (21) - SPAIN - JAN 16, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted aromas of whiskey and wood. Deep dark beer with creamy brown head. The creamy roasted flavor is thick and carry the vanilla bourbon softly. Really good.
gregwilsonstl (1939) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells real boozy, but doesn’t taste boozy. A lot of chocolate. Smooth. Vanilla. Thick. Bourbon at the end. Thx ibrew2or3. Totally lives up to hype, i want more. Shared w chris, miley, and goof.
McNeillR (2168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Top marks to Benny H for this wan...
Thick black and a cushion of brassy tan head. Nose is rich sweet strums of melted toffee and booze, very little choc unless you’re reaching for it. All in this was a big steam ash of soft coconut, lightest drying choc and the best boozy sweetness I’ve had in a long time. A real hug of a mouthfeel, prices of bourbon on the linger. Came and went too quickly. Would have loved a cheeky blend of this and the Hawawawain.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black with tight tan head. Glorious aroma, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, char. Taste is beautifully balanced, coconut, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, char, all in equal proportions and nothing overpowering. Silky smooth and creamy texture with moderately long finish. This beer is as close to perfection as you’re going to get
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the hanging bat. Pours black, nose is toffee, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, taste is similar, sweet, chewy toffee.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vintage 2012. New Year’s Eve beer shared with my wife. Appearance is thick black with mocha head. Aroma charred oak, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is vanilla, fudge, followed by oak, with a bitter coffee finish. Medium mouthfeel. Tons of barrel character in this, lots of coffee flavour also, but the barrel is very prominent in this. It’s a much bolder version compared to the original. Very good, but a bit much for my lady.
crajun (1159) - , Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
incredible aroma! molasses, wood (smoke?) vanilla, wood, bourbon. 5 for app and palate. Taste was velvet. this was bottled 10/13.... bourbon notes, chocolate, malt. warming alcohol burn at end. one of the finest beers ever! Thank you to a wonderful trader who sent this to me!!!
Cunningham (6745) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well I more or less feel they have destroyed a very good beer. This must be heaven for barrel aged lovers. Because the barrel aging had destroyed most of the other flavors. And it have become an two dimensional beer. Whisky and chocolate. Ok. Nothing wrong with the beer. Just a bit boring. I have more of these bottles and will surely trade them for something more complex than this.
[Bottle from Systembolaget web order in Sweden]