baraciisch (2208) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black in color, minimal tan head... Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate... Anise is prevalent... Flavor is roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits... Exquisitely balanced and smooth... One of the best non-BA IRS available....
bagalagalaga (139) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is about as intense as a stout can be, but I think it’s about one step too far for me to consider perfect. The body is pitch black with a dark coffee head that sticks to the glass, much like the thick, almost syrupy liquid will stick in your mouth. It’s like a chocolatey whiskey wine with all the tastes hitting hard and simultaneously.
airlocksniffer (11) - Crookston, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It formed a think brownish head on it that formed in sort of a delayed reaction after the pour into a mug. It has a strong whiskey-like aroma and flavor. Very flavorful. You can tell it has a high ABV when you take a sip. It might be too much for some people (my wife doesn’t like it), but it is a treat if you like the flavor of barrel aged stouts. I suppose the whiskey flavor could be too much for some (not everyone likes whiskey).
Jared_Clifton (38) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with brown head. Heavy body. Flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and lots of roasted malts. Leaves a roasted coffee flavor in your mouth.
climberbob (239) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not aged. Black w thin brown head that quickly goes. Coffee chocolate aroma and taste. Sting bitter malt. Slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Nice lingering finish. Look forward to our some down to age.
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PattyBat (77) - - FEB 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from 8/22/2013. Pours jet black with a nice cinnamon colored head. Smells a bit of caramel, light chocolate notes, roasted malt and a hint of toffee. Tastes a bit sweet up front with some chocolate and caramel notes, with a bitterness that quickly follows. One of the finer stouts I have enjoyed.
sassefa (1) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A rich flavored dark stout. Initially tangy and almost sweet with a strong "barrely" taste at the end. Definitely a must taste for a stout lover.
SG111 (402) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/23/14. Pours absolutely pitch black. One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. Tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, lots of chocolate, some coffee and some licorice maybe? Cherry? Little bit of booze comes through. Amazing Aroma. Flavor is deliciously dark roasted malts and chocolate. Little bit of licorice. The mouthfeel is so incredible. It just fills up your mouth. So full bodied. Bitter coffee finish. Top notch imperial stout.
jh773 (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in Sept. 2014. Tasted on 1/16/15. Color is pitch-black. Deep tan head, 1/2 finger. Smell is soy sauce, deep wood and chocolate notes, molasses, licorice. Taste is bittersweet, creamy, French roast coffee, charred wood, cocoa nibs. Long drying finish. Only the barest hint of dark fruit flavors/aroma. Not bad, but I’m more interested in how this tastes with a year or two on it.
jc1762 (133) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to tderoeck for the bottle!
Poured into a teku glass, showing pitch ink black and very little if any latte foam that fades into swirls in the glass.
The nose is complex - a lot of bourbon and charred wood. Generous notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Also lighter hints of vanilla.
The palate shows an oily, slick, impossibly smooth, and light body. The first impression shows a lot of the bourbon, and smoked wood with light hints of the dark chocolate. The mid palate matures into more of the bourbon and smokiness. The finish shows a noticeable but short sweetness akin to vanilla or a milk stout and a strong but not overwhelming espresso bitterness. This is a really tasty sipper. Very curious to see how this ages.