olio (4804) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle (11,8%) @ RIP Camp. 2012 Vintage. Bottled on 28.12.2012.
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, faint tar notes, roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, some hops and hints of coffee, some chocolate also. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, more milky chocolate and faint hops. A bit harsh malty palate with a sweet chocolaty finish, could have been a bit smoother. Excellent anyway, especially aroma-wise.
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large dark brown color foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon with some vanilla notes and black chocolates. Taste is also dominated by a well-balanced mix between some vanilla, bourbon, creamy black chocolates and light bitterness. Body is thinner then I had anticipated with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very solid barrel-aged stout but I would have loved a bit more of body to this beer.
MotherBrother (619) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ahh yes.. Cracked this open for my #600th rating...
Pour is opaque black, with a small n’ quickly disappearing tan light mocha - brown head. This be looking beautiful.
Aroma has plenty of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, wood, slight leather, wood, slight banana n’ coconut, slight booze, oatmeal, some green notes, caramel, slight brownie fudge, slight roasted coffee beans. Yihaa, this is some tasty shit. Quite complex indeed, with everything that’s supposed to be in an Impy stout.
The taste is slightly sweet upfront, with a very well balanced roasted bitter end. Semi-full bodied, with a very pleasant semi-flat carbonation. Real smooth and slightly sticky. This is the best beer I’ve had from Bells, and a huge shout-out to Jeff for sending me this. (This has an insanely long and delicious aftertaste, my kind of beer)
sherm1016 (991) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle from West Lakeview at Zwanze Day 2013, 2012 vintage. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head that quickly fades to bubbles around the edges. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, nutty, roasty. Heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, roasty, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a little smokey, with a bittersweet, bourbon finish. A fantastic bourbon barrel aged stout. Glad I was finally able to try this.
Lubiere (9028) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thick dark brown head. In aroma, a beautiful chocolate malt with soy sauce, iodine, coffee grind, very nice. In mouth, a beautiful sweet mocha chocolate, coffee grind, alcohol warmth, rich and complex. Shared with GRM and Boutip. Merci Phil.
kbudd19 (242) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 330 ml bottle from Tommy and Polo, thanks!. Shared a while back at RBAG and I have had a few times since...beautiful oily black pour, nice caramel tanned head that rises about an inch and then drowns into the black hole of this glass of awesomeness. Rich smell of chocolate, caramel, coffee, oak, bourbon. Just extremely fucking rich with a lot going on. Taste is sweet, oaky, a very thick creamy mouth feel...feels like KBS on steroids. The flavour lingers…what a treat, wonderful stuff. Cheers.
DuffMan (5768) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(from backlog of RBAG 2013 ratings notes). Many thanks to kbudd for actually tracking me down during the ’fest to make sure I got some of this magnificent beast. Rich and decadent, sweet but not cloying, with toasted coconut really standing out amongst other flavours of chocolate, figs, sweet bourbon vanilla, and I even wrote "crême caramel" in the margins (not entirely sure what I was getting at there lol). Superb.
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of bourbon, dark dried fruit, almond, vanilla, and alcohol. Jet black with a thin beige head. Off-dry, hot, somewhat fruity, savory, flavors of chocolate-covered black cherries, char, and alcohol. Full bodied, pretty smooth, sticky in the finish, with lingering roasty and earthy flavors.
zickbeer_ye (184) - Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty cocoa and bourbon notes some warm vanilla and kinda coconut scents. Medium brown head and dark black body. Warm bourbon and chocolate notes some vanilla and roasty malts. Smooth but hot on the palate.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Warm, hot, salty. Flavor is not too sweet, deep, or complex. Instead it seems smoothed out and burnt out with the extra barrel aging. I would prefer the original beers separately instead.