vyvvy (4471) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours motor oil black with a small dark tan / burnt orange head. The aroma has caramel, roast, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, booze, coconut, oak and light char. It has a full rich body with mild flowing carbonation. The flavor starts with dark caramel, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, heavy roast, earthiness and alcohol. The finish show some char, sweetness, tart apple and anise. Really nice imperial stout.
gkeh (288) - Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Motor oil black pour. Tan head the dissipates rather quickly. Not surprising as it’s 15% ABV. Super thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Aroma is vanilla, toasted oats, bourbon. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, a little toastiness, and just pure awesomeness.
barn0216 (468) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very black, viscous. Rich aroma, almond, cocoa, roast malt, faint bourbon alcohol, a tad sweet for my taste. Huge flavors. Chocolate, tootsie roll, sweet in the beginning, molasses, becomes bitter and roasty in the middle. The bourbon flavors come and go throughout but especially in the finish where the alcohol first becomes noticeable. Reminds me of a madeira with burned, roast notes on top. A dessert beer perhaps, awesome.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, moderate head, some lace/retention. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon barrel, roast, darker fruit. Full bodied, moderate sweetness, moderate alcohol, chocolate flavor dominates with barrel being evident but not overpowering.
MHOSKINS (81) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Scary good. Beware! Huge ABV that is well disguised in this balanced beast of a stout.
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snoworsummer (2859) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours almost black with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like strong, sweet, thick syrup. Very boozy, like bourbon with hints of rum, raisin, and chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation. Very pungent flavor. Astringent smell of rubbing alcohol and bourbon, with molasses, chocolate, and raisins.
Thisis12ptfont (936) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of vanilla, toasted oak, milk chocolate, espresso, coffee beans, cinnamon and subtle bourbon. Appears a pitch black with a mocha colored foam rim and heavy lacing. Massive booze overwhelms the palate with an explosion of flavors including milk chocolate, thick roasted barley, syrupy molasses, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, coffee beans and espresso. The barrel notes shine through on the finish along with massive, massive booze, bourbon, burning booze and residual chocolate. Overall, I think this is the 2014 batch so it’s ridiculously boozy. That aside, it’s really well done and it’s very balanced. A+ rating. Definitely a sipper.
Pierresauce (19) - - MAR 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost like taking a bite of an old plum made of molasses, very thick and syrupy going down, total coffee aftertaste. Bottled 2/4/2014 this batch is a slightly lower 14.83%abv than what was listed here on RateBeer. Buy it if you’re lucky enough to find it; it makes other stouts weep their weak, watery tears.
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you’re into nearly perfect beers, this is the ticket. An unbelievable syrupy vanilla chocolate bourbon heat roasted malt sticky sugary wonderland. Cheers.
Advocate_Ames (466) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2yr old 2012 bottle. Pours black with a minor reddish hue. The head is a semi mocha brown and ends up sticking to my glass. The aroma is of sweet bourbon booze, medium to heavy oat notes, roasted malts, oak, mild to medium vanilla, sweet carmel aromas, and subtle chocolate malts. A very pleasant aroma for 17-18 percent. In tasting I picked up on sweet but heavy bourbon booze, molasses like sugar, mild roasted malts, mild carmel or possibly toffee like flavor, and medium vanilla. The finish is of a semi sweet but potent booze with an enjoyable dryness. Overall this was impressive considering the abv and that it held an enjoyable yet complex flavor. A must try.