dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Big thanks to Dosbeerigos for sharing this one. The color and pour was extremely dark and thick. Had a thin brown head with a good amount of lacing. Aroma was dominated by chocolate and boozy rum. Flavor was boozy, chocolately, and a tad sour. Possibly a little bit infected. Regardless though it was a treat.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Never have I smelled so tart/sour for an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Black, deep brown edges, little lacing or head. Interesting mix of deep roasted malts, sweetish oatmeal, based on a tart and slightly fruity backdrop. It actually makes this one not as heavy for an Imperial Stout, and likely more palatable. Very slight mustiness on the backside, some basement funk. Body and mouthfeel are moderate, not realy heavy. Just seems like a sourish Imperial Stout. A little bit of the Rum appears on the finish.   Not the best of aromas or flavor, but it all works rather well.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, as (nearly) always to Mesandsim. Poured jet black with a tan coloured medium head. Oh yeah baby. Aroma has oak wood type notes, a fair dollop of alcohol which always puts lead in my pencil, lovely leather and butter aroma. It’d be like fighting the Fonz in a Lurpak factory. Flavour is smooth and sweet, some vanilla, lovely oak aging. One of those you can really enjoy and lose yourself with. Belter.
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Infected bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Rum, oatmeal, dark malts, and a bit of sourness in the nose. Soured, slightly red fruity, thick oatmeal/chocolate malty flavor on top of the rum. Oatmeal and chocolate malt on the finish along with some booze and some sourness. A slight alcoholic burn also. Surprisingly, the sourness in the beer is an interesting addition to the strong oatmeal stout flavor.
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours dark black with a very da rk tan head. The head rises a couple fingers, is very creamy and has great retention and lacing.
The aroma is super sweet some vanilla that is mixed with roasted coffee.
The taste is also really matly but in a good way, its not to sweet but just a very sweet ris. The middle and end brings about some light coffee and a great vanilla finish.
This beer is very creamy and warm with a great lasting taste.
Overall, this is a very good well balanced stout.
Theis (14939) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Thanks to Doodler) at home - shared with Mette. Pitch black - brown head. Burned, coconut, rum, sweetness, tartness, nice fruity, chocolate, coffee, vineous, medium wooden, light smokey, carcoal, licorice, burned, raisins, dried fruits, dades, light burned ryebread, light malty or wooden sourness and light acid notes, that gives it some freshness and light mouthfeeling. Very nice - high drinkability.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes taken after a noninfected bottle right around release--so maybe there hadn’t been time.
Pours black with a thin, lastig mocha head. Nose brigs dark rum, spice, toasted malt, chocate, and a bit of coffee. Taste brings a bit of booze with those characteristics and isn’t as complex as I would have hoped from the nose. Feel is nice and he rum flavors work a bit better to hide the alcohol. Drinks quite well and i am glad that I cracked my bottle early.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-12-2010
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, rich brown. Not a ton of head, but with some aggressive pouring, a decent half finger head is there that releases to a thin layer and nice lacing.
Aroma is definitely rum barrel, dark malts, dark sugars and subtle sweetness.
Tastes excellent. Slightly sweet and malty with great characters of the barrel... touch of smoke, rum, molasses.
Finishes without any real aftertaste, just a bit of sweetness.
Overall, excellent beer and no issues.
onceblind (6632) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aged about 10 days short of 1 year (according to bottle date). Heavy black pour with a pillowy light brown head. Amazing aroma. Initially hits with sweet molasses, but quicky gets backed up with candied oatmeal and a bit of milk chocolate. Taste is very much the same. Licorace, oatmeal, mild chocolate, a bit more oatmeal, more than a bit of booze, and a touch of wood. It’s interesting, but the aftertaste is too boozy sweet. Texture is very full, almost chewy. Too expensive for a ho-hum beer, too. Just too boozy and sweet, I suppose.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown/eggplant color that is almost pitch black and completely opaque. Even when held to a light source there is no semblance of lighter color. Thin coffee colored head that very quickly fades into a minimal ring.
Complex aroma with lots of roasty malt notes balanced by the earthy oak tones and sweet rum/liquor presence. Hints of chocolate malt, toffee, molasses, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean, licorice and toast. I’m really surprised how the stout element of the base beer have held up in the nose. Slightly vinous with subtle oak and vanilla notes. Hopefully the flavor holds up t the aroma and is not a complete rum bomb.
I have heard that this beer might be infected but I guess got lucky because I’m not picking that up at all. Maybe some slight oxidation but nothing too noticeable. Much to my pleasant surprise the balance noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. Complex and well balanced with the rum barrel aging complimenting the oatmeal stout flavor rather than completely overpowering it. Plenty of roasty malt notes with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, nut and licorice. Only slight tannis but still vinous with hints of grape and other dark berries. Also, there is a nice sweet rum presence as well as some slight vanilla. Slightly dry finish with some nice alcohol warmth.
I was very excited about this beer because it was complex, well balanced and most of all not infected.