stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin pour with a quick tan vanishing head. Nose is full of the whiskey. Taste is boozy, could do with some aging to turn it down a bit. Smokey finish. Not all the hype that I was hoping. Its good but not 99 points good.
JohnGalt1 (588) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottling 750 picked up locally for a decent $18ish at Bier Thirty .... poured into my HotD snifter.
beautiful 3 finger head that has been sticking around for about 5 minutes ... dark tan.. looks like a really thick espresso ... great lacing and a huge cap..
The nose is thick and very complex... a little EtOH .. big milk chocolate with dark cherry essence and vanilla.. bourbon isn’t as pronounced as expected... yet the smell is fantastic.
wow.. this is like a liquid brownie.. big roasty chocolate.. some sweetened coffee notes.. more vanilla.. and the bourbon is more of a component that is expressed throughout and never becoming too large.. complex with a great semi-dry finish that lingers forever.. dried fruit esters lend another layer of complexity.
This is every bit a winner as previous years... Glad to see the lowered the ABV a little bit this year ... not as viscous most of it’s more famous brothers .. the carbonation may be a touch on the high side.. but it is small bubble carbonation that helps lend a very lush mouthfeel.
vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with no head. Sweet, chocolate, and bourbon aromas. Chocolate, roasted, marshmallow, whiskey, and light oak flavors.
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Vintage thanks to Indiana_Red: Thick black with an absolutely wonderful aroma of vanilla, malts, chocolate, and a bit of coconut. Tasty! Flavors of chocolate, dark roasted sugars and malts. I could also detect the alcohol % even after 4 years. Thick bodied and syrupy feel.
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: 2013 vintage. Dark, dark brown edges with a rich, black core. Small, foamy khaki layer sits quietly on top. Aroma is full force tannins, oak, bourbon, & musty wood with undertones of raisin, toffee, & bitter cocoa powder. Lots of booze with a harsh, almost solvent-like back-end. Taste is thankfully a bit more sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, & mild roast popping out first. The barrel aging makes its way in pretty quickly, though, with heavy notes of whiskey, wood, & mild astringency. Dry woodiness with a whiskey laden finish that kind of tastes grainy. A little dark chocolate & raisin in the aftertaste, too. This wasn’t bad, but it was almost too much. A decent barrel aged stout but not something I’d actively seek out.
ineedbeer (887) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Aroma is moderately chocolate forward with some nice roast character. Some light bourbon and oak notes. Medium light fruit esters with a hint of anise. Light alcohol spice.
Pours black with a moderately thick, dark tan/light mocha head of average size and retention. Medium light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with some moderate chocolate and roast notes. Light tobacco and ash character with hints of leather. Lighter dark fruit esters and anise than in the flavor. Moderate bitterness with light oak and alcohol notes. Hints of bourbon.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright imperial stout, but its a bit thin. Aroma is a bit fruity, but flavor is pretty nicely integrated. Light oxidation and not as much bourbon character as I was expecting.
Dr_MedievAle (197) - Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. coppery/metallic aroma swirling with sweetarts. appearance: dark auburn body (not motor oil; too translucent at the top) with fairly stable coffee-cream head. taste: taste is much better than aroma suggests. here we have bourbon infused fudge, some light caramel, milk chocolate shake, and cinnamon spice. great flavor, but the mouthfeel is disturbingly thin/watery. not what i prefer in a big stout. but incredibly drinkable because it is light and thin. i could race this beer pretty easily.
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Mellow non carbonation. Oily, sugary Imperial Stout. Brown-black body, not opaque. Oily, chocolate syrup tones. Roasty bourbon vanilla chocolate. Sugar chocolate liqueur.
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Pepsican for this dumpster juice. THANKS, BRO!
2013 edition, 750ml bottle 1294/3000, weighing in at 13.8%abv. Chugged in under 2 minutes. Pours a very flat looking black without even a hint of red edges when held up to the light. Aromas of marshmallow, oak, chocolate. Taste is semi sweet and light malt bitterness. Flavors follow the nose but the actual bourbon character is kept very much in check. Nice. This is a huge beer, but very chugable due to the almost undetectable alcohol and low carbonation. This is a dangerous beer. Hidden alcohol + low bourbon character + very high boost means this one meant for taking straight to the dome. Love this shit.
beechner224 (768) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer. From 2012. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, boozy. Pours black, not much head. Taste is boozy, sweet, sticky, chocolate.
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. 2012. Smooth sweet bourbon aroma, light chocolate malt aroma. Dark, nearly black, barely translucent. Big caramely, boozy, sweet, dark fruits, toffee, sticky.