Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, mocha, Liquorice allsorts (Engelse drop), vanilla and quite some bourbon. Flavour roasted malts bitterness, some sweetness, alcoholic bourbon. Vanilla and light wood. Quite creamy. Finish liquorice, bourbon, mocha and chocolate.
(From 75cL bottle @ 3e GBF, shared by tderoeck. With a big thanks to BoBoChamp!)
thirdeye11 (5390) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle during RBWG) espresso milk chocolate brown, few bubbles. Nose of vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, graham cracker, and fudge. Taste of fudge, graham cracker, cream, bourbon, pretty rich, nice linger, a bit ashy, and thick body.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a slick looking cola brown with spotty bubbles.
Aroma: Strong boozy whiskey, chocolate, fresh herbal note.
Taste: Mild burnt roast , whiskey, char. Dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: On the thin side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: This is a beer I thought I would never get to try because of how hard the midwest was hoarding this beer. I’m glad I did, but the hype on this beer didn’t come close to my enjoyment. I just want to be honest, this is how I approach the super hyped, highly sought after beers. My expectations get raised. Maybe it’s not fair to the beer?
I love Bell’s Expedition, I love big Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts, but I don’t think this particular one comes close to my top 3. This reminded me of Big Sky’s Ivan The Terrible for me, which was good, but not a slam dunk. I’ve heard it’s awesome on tap, so hopefully one day I can revisit. I surely won’t be trading my cellar for it.
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013 Bottle fro. General store. Pours medium black off white head. Aroma if roast malt chocolate and dried fruit. Barrel taste is faint sweet lots of chocolate
Re rate from 12 ounce. Nose is big barrel and vanilla. Taste is super complex coconut, fig and roasted wood with rum raisin yet super smooth easy drinking love this so much more.
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
18/VIII/2012 75cl bottle @ 3de Gents Bierfestival (Gent) - bottle # 898/1081 (2012-952) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear very dark beer, no head. Aroma: vanilla, lots of caramel, bourbon, pretty sweet, raisins, charcoal, did I mention bourbon? MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very very chocolaty, caramel, some vanilla, bourbon, quite alcoholic. Aftertaste: lots of dark chocolate, caramel, some vanilla, bitter touches, bit earthy, cocoa powder.
jmagnus87 (2216) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft into a goblet. Pours black with almost no head. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon and oak, vanilla, dark fruit and some caramel. Medium bodied with a thick creamy texture. Awesome beer. Im glad i got to try it!
rogsiu (42) - Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Not much retention or lacing. Smells of bourbon, dark chocolate, espresso and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate and bourbon, followed by vanilla and a slight sweetness. It is a superb imperial stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma contains espresso, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, and burbon. Flavor is rather bitter with espresso, dark chocolate, burbon, licorice, some raisins. The burbon is definitely there but does not overwhelm. Overall excellent damn beer. And KP showed up.
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 drank out of a 64 oz growler. pours black, sweet dark fruit, coffee, raisin no head but carbonation when cracking the growler
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, sweet malt and cream aromas, smells smooth somehow. Silky finish, flavor is sweet, has bourbon and oak tones. Nice full flavored stout with barreling not over powering the beer.