Westmeister (1464) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Kiefer. Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and minimal head. Smell is dark fruits, a bit of messy booze, leather, tobacco, sweet toffee. Immediately reminded me of some of big Schmaltz anniversary brews. Same dark fruits, boozy, soy sauce, tobacco, licorice. A bit too much of a boozy feel and wasn’t a fan of the soy sauce quality
Dfonorow (1072) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at DLD 2013. Black with a small khaki head. Aroma of roast, caramel, bitter hops, resin, booze, and pine. Flavor is sweeter - pine, grass, chocolate syrup, burnt caramel, booze. Heavy alcohol in the finish.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Michigan Winter Beer Festival - 22-Feb-2014. Near black. Big and boozy. Very malty and complex. It’s definitely rounded out a bit with age. Quite smooth for such a big beer.
Christian (10757) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a small off-white head. Slightly oxidized aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, coconut and Danish "brun lakridskonfekt". Sweet licorice and dark sugar flavour with a touch of chocolate
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a clear dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of raisins, dried fruits, caramel, coffee and alcohol with a hint of vanilla. The taste was sweet maltiness, coffee, alcohol and molasses. The backbone was of raisins, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Very well done.
Bacterial (1069) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown pour. Shared by Greg (I think) @ Armin’s - malty nose with lots if dark fruits. Taste is nice - tons of dark fruit, malt and slightly sweet. Nice!
dfearnley (732) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Molasses, licorice, caramel, plum, candied fruit.
Dark opaque brown with a tan to brownish head.
Rum, raisins, soy, malt, and licorice. This is so rich and and balanced.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Molasses, soy, dark fruit and a slight sourness. Jet black with a thin white head. Soy, molasses, dark fruit and anise. Really nice that has held up really well to age. Well balanced and rich.
gramity (1277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, boozy bourbon, caramel and licorice. Taste has a slight cherry to it, along with the bourbon, licorice and malt. Pretty carbonated which enhances its nice aroma as well. Great beer!
drsordr (847) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vertical tasting provided by alexsdad06, 8000, 9000, 10000, and goes to 11. Bottle pours dark brown ruby. Nose some soy sauce, molasses, some stone fruit. Taste very sweet, some soy sauce. Trying to get some roast and molasses from underlying beer. Probably much better fresh.
wnoble (1207) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I know what people are saying about this beer so I thought I would pull one from the cellar. i’m here to say fuck all you people. Nose is coconut, molasses, licorice, sweet fruits, plums, raisins, spicey, fruity. Flavor is fruity, strong molasses, sticky sugars, licorice, bready malts, sweet sticky caramels, light roast. Sweet flavor and sweet finish. This beer can still go longer. No oxidaton and it is what it is. Great beer. This a little more like an old ale or barley wine than an imperial stout but hey.