FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a small foamy beige head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was malty marzipan, cream, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor was strong cream, marzipan, bourbon, anise, faint chocolate and vanilla. A bit woody and boozy underneath. Long finish. Full bodied but undercarbonated. Interesting.
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 75cl corked. A clear looking next to black beer with a finger-thick, dense, light tan head. There’s a light boozy touch in the aroma, with roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. A bit one dimensional perhaps, but still nice. Croquant notes and some licorice hints. It’s full-bodied, yet feeling a bit thin, with a nice carbonation level and alcohol warmth. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark sugars, dark chocolate and a little sweetness, with caramel sauce. Lasting finish. Sure a nice one, although not my preferred imp stout. Sort of boring, in a strange way. 140808
Meilby (8121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, licorice, coffee and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, some caramel, some roasted notes, soy sauce,vanilla,oak , alcohol and dried fruits. Flavor is sweet and malty with some coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. Medium t full body, soft carbonation.
hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours black with a big, creamy, cappuccino head. Excellent retention. Although a bit muted, the aromatic highlights are fallen oak and leather. Full-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, offering singed mocha and a medium level of alcohol. Finishes sweet and warming. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
superspak (2828) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, oak, light coconut, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, light char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Mark_Eck (771) - - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Taste is bourbon up front with a bitter finish.
weihenweizen (1866) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured into a glass. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, and some oak. Like the flavor and amount of bourbon and oak.
Atom (1436) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle pours a dark brown/black with a small reddish tan head. Aroma is slightly doughy, with mild chocolate, light dark fruit, caramel, pleasant bourbon, and oak. Taste similar to aroma with some alcohol sting, otherwise nice. Decent but it doesn’t really stand out against other Bourbon barrel imply stouts.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A typical sweet bourbonny Imperial Stout. Unremarkable but without flaws.
How: Bottle 750ml, corked & caged, consumed when a few months of age.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose has medium to high bourbon barrels presence with the usual suspects of vanilla, chocolate and friends. The beer is obviously full bodied with an appropriate medium carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is pretty much what you can expect from a beer like this. Chocolaty cake dipped in vanilla, medium roast, some black liquorice, light dates and raisins fruitiness. Quite sweet but not too much so. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this beer yet it didn’t win me over, felt generic, without personality. Enjoyable but far from memorable. There is no serious study that clearly demonstrates whether having thousands of ratings makes you more attractive the opposite sex or not, I don’t know, I think I’ll go with my beer gut feeling on this one.