MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ninety-nine down, one to go (or at least until the top 100 changes again). Finally got to try this elusive brew at the Bellís 30 Taps World Record event at Beer Sellar in Indy. Had three 5oz tasters of this stuff.
N.B. This was listed as "BB Double Cream Stout", but Larry Bell assured everyone it was the blend and that the erroneous name was merely due to a label approval issue.
A - A half-finger of dark mocha foam with solid retention, and a little bit of lacing. Pitch black - there was no trace of color, even at the fringes. Itís about what I expect from a high gravity Imperial Stout.
S - Tons of bourbon and vanilla notes, a bit of roastiness - it wasnít the most complex nose. I even patiently waited for it to warm up, as it was served WAY too cold, but I didnít really get much more than the basics here.
T - The taste was superb, and was somewhat shocking after the lukewarm aroma. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and barrel, and what I suspect is the beginnings of some lacto-sour barrel bacteria (which at this stage makes the brew more interesting and isnít really a negative). I love the way the Double Cream Stout portion offsets the roasty bitterness and acidity. As a result the aftertaste is surprisingly mild.
M - Mild carbonation, super smooth, lighter in body than I expected (more medium-to-full). Plenty of residual stickiness in this one, and shockingly a bit of heat (even after a couple years in the keg).
D - Super drinkable for what it was - the multiple tasters went down pretty easy. I think out of the ten tickets my wife and I got, we used at least half of them on this superb brew. The only problem is the ABV, and is that really that big of a problem? ;-)
borre_m (535) - NORWAY - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample of cbc. pours black, tan head. nice and complex aroma. taste is very balanced and smooth.
jesperhammer (3355) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
01-MAY-2015, draft @yellow session @CBC15.
Black with lasting tan head.
Chocolate, Vanilla, fruit and a very nice Bourbon note. Full body, soft carbonation. Fantastic brew.
hirigalzkar (2461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ CBC. Thick and creamy chocolate dominated stout with notes of rum, milk chocolate and burned sugar.
gyllenbock (5564) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at CBC 2015.
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, some oak and bourbon. Similar taste. Full body and with a soft carbonation. Very nice and elegant.
Couch0508 (61) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is definitely the best I have had from bells but I am definitely a stout slappy.
Habanero (3045) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Pours pitch black with a small lacing tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. Sweet flavor that ends up sligtly more dry with alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. A great Impy indeed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
kryon (1767) - SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours lovely black with low brown head
Aromas lovely of vanilla, coffee, chocolate
Taste is greatly balanced of figs, dades, vanilla, bourbon. Great! Insanely well balanced
aleksander9 (668) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
-short review cbc- black. Easy to drink. Consentrated aroma and flavor. Some coffee. Overall a little hyped
Arve_Christian (3698) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CBC- København. Pitch black color , some brownish foam. High aroma intensity; bourbon, licorice, leather . Full body & high complexity . Some immediate sweetness, some bitterness; balances good. Very Enjoyable
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Humlehode (251) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown head. Oak, whiskey, coffee, dark chocolate.. Complex and very smooth and round.
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