yespr (28623) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and light alcohol. Roasted malty, overripe fruity and dense malty. Bitter and light acidic. Bone dry and roasted malty. Bitter and dark chocolate. Dark malty flavoured, dark chocolate.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque pitch black with a small light brown head. Super sweet Bourbon aroma atop some chocolate roast. Rich body, loads of chocolate roast, overripe dark dried fruit and sweet Bourbon. Warming alcohol finish with hardly any bitterness. Super duper delicious. 200912
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of dark malts bourbon cocoa notes, vanilla. Great subtle use of bourbon but to get it up in there. I like this nose. Chocolate. Natural notes. Pours black, tan ring of foam. Flavors of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol notes, nice integrated bourbon, vanilla, barrel, cocoa nibs, brown sugar. Really balanced and integrated. Solid stuff. Nice body not overly sweet or big. Really nice imperial stout. Probably overlooked as well. Boom. Good shit cock fags.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from DA. Shared this with a few buddies the other day and wow was this thing a treat. Silky and smooth with characteristics of charred oak and Belgian dark chocolate with just a hint of bourbon. I liked how all the flavors came together in a symphony of goodness on the palate. Another great one from Block 15.
writerljberg (394) - Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beermongers
A: Black of blackness. Or, you know, normal for an RIS. Pretty good mocha head defers to a ring.
N: Heavy fudge and chocolate. Coffee and cream. Bourbon rises up as this warms.
T: Fudge, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and tons of roasted coffee beans. Thereís plenty of pepper from the oak, and I really get a lot of the Buffalo Trace lost barrels this was aged in at the back end of the palate. There is definitely some alcohol sharpness here.
M: Good, oily mouthfeel. Coats the palate rather nicely.
O: Iíve told a couple people this was one my favorite beers ever, and it holds true: on nitro. On tap, I was a bit letdown this wasnít as gigantic and huge as the aforementioned, but I think this is partially because the non-nitro version has a ways to go before some of the alcohol disappears leaving this complex stout to shine.
jtclockwork (6216) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rating #3,900. Pours black with brown head. Nose of bourbon, charred bread, roasted chocolate, dark cherries, vanilla, black tar and oak. Taste is same with a sweet bourbon dark chocolate finish. Some black motor oil. Medium body.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a foamy tan cap. Nose is wood, chocolate, tobacco and wild grapes. Medium body with a tang. Taste is briefly chocolate then tar, bourbon, elderberry and coconut. Hard to tell this is a stout with the strong barrel influence.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of oakagedgravy, thanks a ton! pours a nice dark opaque brown with moderate quick fading head. aroma is decidedly hot, even after a good few minutes the abv masks a lot of the smells. however, it is buffalo trade barrels, and i just have a thing for what thye do to a beer, so i really dont mind too much. the taste starts to come through a LOT more though! wow! the buffalo trace always adds a very sweet spirit profile to the beer i feel, and always has a bit of syrupy butteryness to it. same here. the beer does well a bit wrmer and especially after decanting. im sure the flavors will mellow and blend some over time, but i really appreciate their audacity and boldness at present. the flavors are great, lots of sweet dark blackberries, black apples, and other almost over ripe dark fruits. a nice buttered popcorn layer on top in the aftertaste mixed with a healthy dose ofburnt malts underneath. the cocoa gives a ton of fruity flavors here, and a very suble but pure cocoa flavor as a canvas for the entire beer it would seem. yummy for sure. might be even better in a year.
hopsbreath (24) - St Helens, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes dated 2-13-2011: On-tap at Hop & Vine. Very dark brown with lighter tan edges. Upon being served, a thin amount of cappuccino foam sat atop a quickly bubbled away to a very thin wisp ring. Strong coffee aromas when it was very cold, much stronger essences of spicy bourbon with under-currents of fudge brownie came through as it warmed. Damn their -bals are nice. Again with the strong coffee when cold but transitioning to some stronger caramel liquor, berry, and cocoa notes when it warmed. I swear there is only about a 2 degree window when some smoke is detectable. In that temperature range, this beer is sublime. Low carbonation and full mouthfeel here. Right inside my personal wheel house.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this at last nightís tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours black with a small head and some sparse lacing. The nose carries moderate smoke and a good bit of chocolate. Roast comes through in the background. The flavor has the same smoke character along with a roasted malt and chocolate background. Medium-full body and quite hot. Not a super nebula sort of beer, but pretty good.