JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 9 Bottle from Bevmo. Aroma is chocolate and booze. Taste is like a boozy chocolate brownie with hints of cherries, coffee, tons of roast and super dark fruits. Great stout especially after dinner.
koleminer20 (596) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 12 oz bottle. Batch 07. The pour is a vicsous oily black, with a dark khaki head and minimal lace. The aroma is bourbon dominant with incredible vanilla and malt to accompany a strong licorice presence. The flavor is very bourbony. With great chocolate and malt characters to go with a great roasty vanilla. The heat is intense. The mouth feel is thick viscous and well carbonated. The aftertaste is a little hot,
But well balanced and good and roasty
Original rating: 8, 4, 8, 4, 16. 12 oz bottle shared at a tasting on February 17. Batch 07. The pour is a viscous, thick black, almost like a used motor oil. There is a dark tan head, with a gorgeous lace that’s left as you move through the beer. The nose is huge bourbon. There is also some strong vanilla presence, along with some licorice and malt. The flavor is a little more toned down, with some of the focus deterring to the licorice, vanilla and malt. The mouth feel is thick, oily, and the aftertaste moves through to a stinging bourbon finish. Very solid. I can’t wait to see how it is after a little more age on it.
olr1984 (1079) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 12oz bottle pours a dark black with a tan head. Big chocolate and bitter malt taste. As it warms the alcohol taste drops off.
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Avery, Batch 9. Pours dark brown with thin light brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, caramel, very sweet, fruity, plum. Flavor is sweet, fruity, with a big roasted, chocolate, sweet finish. Good masking of alcohol, very rich. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and smooth texture.
suprchunk (2248) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour. Some ruby highlights as I pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. A slight tire and pine tar aroma. Some chocolate and coffee notes as well. The tire persists in the taste. Smooth creamy mouthfeel gives way to a acrid and sour presence. Slight vegetal note in the back.
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What stout should be, malty with some bitterness coming through. Do not taste the alcohol and I get chocolate and coffee undertones.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the taphouse pours a nice dark color with a fizzy tan head that lasts a good while. Aroma is nice and sweet malty with roasted coffee notes but not overpowering like the Tweak. You can get some of the boozy aroma on this and is not unoticable. There may be choclate but hard to determine. Flavor is sweet and roasty however you can tell the alcohol in it. This could do well with some aging. You can get the coffee but hard to pick out any chocolate. You definitley get a heavy malt. Mouthfeel is silky and boozy carbonation is average. Overall a solid beer but I think would be amazing with some age.
DocJitsu (953) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a bicolor light mocha and brick red-mocha head. Unfortunately, the head recedes too quickly. Smoky, campfire, wood BBQ nose. Some meaty notes. Very thick and chewy texture. Knife and fork worthy. Quite a burn at the finish on the rear of the palate and down the throat. A nice dose of sweet, roasty malt up front. A bit of plum and cherry appear toward the finish. Loads of alcohol.
beersighted (103) - - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Omg! This imperial stout tasted like anise and black licorice. Great body to this pitch black imperial stout.
coachd (102) - Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Couldn’t wait to try this one. With 100 pt. rating and a cost of $8 per bottle ($3 more than BCS) it had a lot to live up to. Appearance is midnight black, thick looking on the pour with a ton of brown foam that sticks to the glass as it goes down. It has an aroma of bourbon/rum, coffee, some coconut, light tobacco, some alcohol. Excellent texture. Silky, low carbonation, long lingering finish. Truly remarkable mouthfeel, 5+. The taste was a little simple at first, but everything suggested in the aroma opens up with the aftertaste. I like to taste the alcohol in my imperial stouts, and this one does not lack in that category. The overall taste is like pouring a healthy shot of really good whiskey into some good, expensive coffee. Not sure if it’s worth $8 for a 12-oz. bottle, but very good.