AirForceHops (3959) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 750 ml bottle from Oliver’s Beverage Center. Aroma is not good, red wine grapes and sour oak.
Just from the nose I can tell it is infected. Yep... Sour oak, red wine and dirty socks. Damn it, maybe one day I will get to re-rate it. But with "so much beer, so little time". It’s hard to know.
Re-rate ....375 ml bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Aroma is light bourbon with weak roast, and chocolate.
Body is what I look for in the style, fuller side of medium with the bourbon treatment showing in a light form. Charred malts, oak, chocolate bar and light molasses. Mouthfeel has a creaminess that I look for in this style, glad to have had a chance to re-rate.
Benzai (9435) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, walnut, bourbon, hazelnut, a touch of caramel, lightly sweet. Taste malts, chocolate, bourbon, slightly sweet, a nice liquor bitter finish. A bit thin texture for a 10% ABV beer, but a decent body and suitable carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ benzai. Pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Smells bourbon, sweet, walnut, hazelnut, roasty, chocolate. Tastes too sweet, raisins, bourbon, caramel, malts, brown sugar. Full body, a bit too much carbo for this style.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - 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 (14703) - 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 (8551) - 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 (6239) - 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 (9896) - 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 (3076) - 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 (934) - - 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.