onceblind (4043) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black pour from the bottle; no light coming through the liquid at all..rocky dark beige head. Smell is sublime, with notes of bakers chocolate, espresso grounds, caramel, raisin, sweet dark licorice, brown sugar, vanilla-tinged-oak, and a bourbony boozy tone. Flavor is huge, as expected. A little too warm, but the fact that itís chuck full of flavor helps it ease down the throat...its not boozy for the sake of boozy. Rich sweet dark chocolate tones on the palate first, some fig/raisin dark fruitiness, with a little tone of roasted coffee, some brown sugar, earthy licorice, caramel, a little bit of boozy vanilla, a twang of oak, and a mellow but warming bourbon ending. Rich and satisfying, however, a little too much on the body and booze after a while. Had trouble finishing the last 5oz of a 12oz bottle. Maybe just too sweet? I dunno. Itís a lot to finish. Share with a friend!
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Capones. Poured a thick oily pitch black with a smaller creamy dark chocolate brown head. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, raisin, fig, dak chocolate, rum cake and chocolate cake bater. Full syrupy body with a solid dose of heat but not that much for the actual ABV, average carbonation with a super long lingering aftertaste. Flavor of charcoal, tar, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla extract, super burnt toast, bakers dark chocolate, dark fruit skins. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a keeper, too bad itís so damn expensive. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lots of bitterness. Booze well hidden. Lots of roast and caramel. Tap at Snallygaster.
vyvvy (3978) - 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.
drfabulous (3977) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce thanks to ssteigerwald. Big chocolate rich stout. So creamy. So boozy but in a good way; in no way over the top. The bourbon is in your nose and taste. So tasty. This is extremely good.
jkwood04 (3937) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, some oak and vanilla, a little chocolate and coffee, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of roasted malts and bourbon. Smooth, thicker texture. A really good imperial stout that is not as sweet as others that are this strong.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe itís actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells of dense chocolate, coffee syrup, chalky roast malt, lots of hot alcohol (though not enough to be as objectionable as one might guess in a beer of this strength), burnt molasses, lots of toasted whole grain notes, and lots of burnt fruit character that leans towards prunes and figs. The barrel character is fairly subtle here, it does provide an accentuating vanillin character, perhaps a hint of woody flavors, astringency and accentuating spiciness.
Thick, rich, viscous, sweet, and dense up front, though the finish is more roasted, a bit warm and spicy with alcohol, and perhaps a touch chalky as well. Lots of ample roasted, burnt grain notes, lots of burnt dark chocolate notes, concentrated molasses, ample coffee liquor flavors, plus lots of savory, concentrated malt notes that approach umami like flavors in its concentration. The dense malt is accentuated by barrel aged vanillin notes, softly astringent woody oak, coconut notes come out more as the beer warms up. Burnt fruit notes are also found here, these meld with the barrel notes, the vanillin and the coconut flavors; suggestions of burnt raisins, and definite burnt prune flavors.
Quite a bit better than I was expecting; I was expecting a beer of this strength to be much more hot and objectionable. I like how well integrated the barrel aging is, and the fact that it doesnít add to the harshness that could so easily dominate a beer of this strength. In the end, this is quite a good beer, not just better than I was expecting (which admittedly wasnít much), it is actually quite tasty and enjoyable.
dEnk (3795) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Thanks vaiz! Aroma flows to my nose as vaiz poens the bottle over a meter away. Chocolate, caramel and vanilla hit the nose. A closer look brings big burned molasses and caramel, liquorice, caramel, vanilla, (medicinal) alcohol, roast, etc etc. Flavour is huge burning roasty chocolate liquorice rocketfuel malt caramel bonanza. Later bourbon, wood, caramel, malt etc etc. Lingers for ever. Keeps evolving. Hefty though.
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Kraddel. Thanks! 355 ml. bottle split by 2 @ Barely legal tasting room. This version was bottled on 27/06/2013. ABV 16.13 %. Pours lighter black with a surprisingly bit dark chocolate mouse, the head does sinks reasonably fast but does remain longer than expected. Nose is quite boozy, liquorish, syrupy, surprisingly no chocolate here, molasses and almost straight up alcohol. Tastes heavily on the alcoholic side with thick liquorish, molasses, herbs, brown sugar, harsh, chunk of alcoholic cheaper bourbon, roast. Syrupy body. This makes me think of Black Tuesday. Quite a fun beer but also bit of an unbalanced alcoholic mess. Bit surprised that this in the top 50 of RIS, in this case I do really think that the high ABV is partially responsible for that.