jcnielsen (1991) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to dalzale for sharing. Pours a black color with white head. Oak, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol flavors.
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of DalzAle. Thanks! Pours a deep reddish brown appearance with a tiny brown head. Big caramel, toffee, whiskey, vanilla aroma. Really rich gooey, dark chocolate, thick toffee, brown sugar, big whiskey flavor. Tasty but big.
arminjewell (6067) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Greg! Dark black pour with no head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, hints of vanilla, dark fruit, this is awesome. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, coffee, nice dark fruit into a big vanilla, earth, finishing fairly sweet, earthy, bourbon forward.
HonkeyBra (3255) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the GTMW2013 pre-party, and several other times. Pours an oily black color with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, bourbon, mild caramel and vanilla notes. Licorice, coffee, and roasted malts show up in the aroma too. Flavor is bourbon, booze, anise, coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of licorice as well. Mildly bitter, with strong booze and spirit influence, with a fair amount of sweetness from the base beer creeping through. Chewy and thick mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and boozy. Interesting variant on the odd beer that was 9000.
Howlader (696) - - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried a 4oz taster at Chuchkey in Washington DC in the summer of 2013 during a Bell’s event.
jackl (4312) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #3400. Bottle @ Bruce’s palatial pad. Cheers to whoever procured this. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is raisin chocolate cookies. Rocky road fudge. Nice, sweet, sludgy nose. The taste is similar. Super sweet burnt brown sugar and raisin. Fudge and caramel. A touch of vanilla and woody bourbon on the finish. Luckily the bourbon doesn’t dominate the beer. Hot but enjoyable. Full mouthfeel, fine carbonation. Quite good.
JK (4352) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review, 2013. Good, for a bourbon aged beer which compliments rather than overwhelms the flavor of this fine imperial stout. Some vanilla, heavily roasted grain and a thick, syrup-like palate. Very low carbonation.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW 2013. My favorite beer of the day for sure. Dark brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is strong and rich with chocolate, dark roasted malts, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste is smooth and incredible with maple, oak, chocolate, bourbon, light coffee and roasted malts.
Beergeek23322 (2160) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/19/2010. 12 oz. bottle. One of the best stouts out there. Black with a beige head. Sweet aromas from oak and vanilla, but coffee, chocolate and roasted malt gives a near perfect balance. Definitely a winner.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Madison (WI)
Rating #2,500. A special tapping at Maduro’s pre-GTMW party drew me here soon after they opened. This was just what I hoped for and more. A great imperial stout is made better with barrel aging; the result is truly world class. Even at $10 a pint I would not have hesitated to order this.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base betrays the thick nature of this high ABV monster. The viscosity is more like fountain ink than fluid. Slick legs crawl down the sides like brown creeping ivy. The mocha colored head only adds to the mysterious feel. Vanilla, licorice, coffee, and malts are strong but there is considerable depth here. Dessert chocolate in the base paired well with the smoky ash hiding in the middle.
Flavor / Palate - Anise, baker’s chocolate, and cocoa nibs stick to every corner of the palate. A creamy mouthfeel is dense and almost like drinking melted chocolate. Smoke, malt, and vanilla transition to the bitter malty finish. Coffee and other flavors pop up at times making it hard to get to the bottom of the flavor profile. A fine beer is one of the favorite I have tried and one that I hope to sample again some day.