beechner224 (807) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with just a small white head. Aroma is sweet, decadent, chocolate. Taste is thick, oily, heat, yummy. This is great.
douglas88 (6588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. A major want! Pours a pure black color with a small brown head after a big, initially pretty frothy. A great nose of cocoa, barrel and dark chocolates. Big flavors of more chocolate, intense sweet dark fruit, bourbon, more oak, some red win type notes, heat, oat. Loads of sweetness and heat, but damn it is good.
devman171 (1121) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with low dark head. Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate with some oak booze, taste is similar with a great thick body and sweet booze finish, love it
ryanfolty (1944) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
December 24, 2013 - bottle via trade. Black pour with some tan head that faded somewhat quickly. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla and some bourbon. Taste was a rich chocolate quickly followed by a blast of bourbon. Finish was a nice mix of wood and sweet vanilla, maybe just a touch too sweet though. Smooth and full bodied. Reminded me of BCS vanilla. Thanks for the recommendation, bvery, this was delicious. 2012 vintage.
rlgk (11927) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from a trade with Heyta. Thanks alot! Pitch black beer with a nice rather lasting beige/brownish beer. Roasted malt and caramel aroma, vanilla, bourbon, woody notes, nutcreme, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, tar and licorice notes, figs and raisins, some dades. Roasted licorice and vanilla flavor, lots of warming slcohol, nutcreme, figs, raisins, caramel, woody, bourbon, tar notes, chocolate, vinous, dades, cream notes, some sherry. Full bodied, with a long woody licorice finish, dades, raisins, caramel, chocolate and warming alcohol. Delicious!
portableparty (1978) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle 2013. Pours oily black like dirty motor oil and shows a quick tan tight head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma has nice bourbon and roasted malt hidden chocolate subtle vanilla marsh mellow and some woodiness. Taste is boozy bourbon bitterness with some soy maybe some rye and dark bitter chocolate roasted malt some dark fruit like prune and raisin. Palate is full slick sticky warming and dry. Just awesome even if Iím drinking this with Greg at 10a.m. Just awesome!
harrymel (1524) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer, dark mahogany with cherry hues and a persistent etched surface sheet of dark mocha foam. Itís funny, people consistently concede the absence of carbonation in higher ABV beers, I donít buy it and this is another confirmation of my hypothesis. The smells of prunes, dates and figs with liquor infused vanilla and fine chocolate truffles alongside leather and rich caramels. Hints of smoky molasses up in the nose as well. Very pretty. Flavor backs up the nose with molasses, bourbon, oak, cocoa, rich sweet vanilla and toasted sugars. A good boozy character warms the throat and leather character brings it all together. Full and silky body with nice, fine carb and a good solid - long lasting finish that runs the duration of five minutes (this is a long time for those actually looking at the clock). Really fine beer that I plan to buy the rest from the store I found this at. Really outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
nsquishee (623) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark, viscous black with a barely-there, mocha-colored head. Aroma: chocolate, caramel, toffee, red wine, and prunes. Tastes sweet, tart, and lightly tannic. Flavors of concentrated red wine, prunes, bourbon barrel, chocolate, and deliciousness. Awesome! Boozy! Cellaring some more.
drsordr (1320) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour at FoBAB 2013. Pours opaque black thick tan head. Nose soft bourbon some chocolate. Taste bourbon roast and mild nutty sweet soft malt. Bitter in the soft finish.
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by portableparty. Dark black pour, small ring of carbonation and an aroma of rich dark chocolate and nice subtle bourbon. Flavor is also rich cordial sweet chocolate, slightly hot boozy bourbon, slightly dry on the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but doesnít seem like itís anywhere near 17%. Pretty damn solid and a must try for anyone who loves boozy/sweet imperial stouts.