Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We crack the cage and yank the stubborn cork for a brew of the darkest cola brown. The coloring lets a bit of light around the edges, but shows no real haze to the clarity. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This leaves spots and wisps of lacing as it recedes at a medium pace. Carbonation appears active. The aroma is hot with boozy bourbon from the start, but warmth gives way to the hearty malt background of toffees, caramels, and roasted chocolate. The oak in and of itself is warming, adding depth, along with strawberry licorice, black cherry syrupiness, white sugar chalkiness, lactic tartness, and cooling vanilla cake batter. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very sweet, but with an initial puckering bitterness of oak and booziness. As we sip, fusel booze, tootsie roll sugars, charred chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and soured oak start things off. The peak comes with more heavy booze, thick and musky woody dryness, and syrupy sugars of dark cherry. The finish is very drying, with an even more enhanced punch to the barreling that really overpowers the deep roasty maltiness, and makes way for the bright sweetness of cherry and apple fruitiness, and cooked caramel sugars. The final notes to leave the palate are black pepper spice of booze, mild but genuine bourbon flavoring, cola syrups, light diacetyls, and echoes of that dark fruitiness. The aftertaste flames of bourbon, chalky chocolate malts, juicy yeast, raw fig, massively dry woodiness, raw coffee malts, and thorough metallics. The body is full, and the carbonation is solidly medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with great softness on the front of the sip. The mouth is initially coated through the swallow, but dries to a bone almost instantly thereafter, with fiery prickle and coolness as the residual alcohol evaporates off. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the feel of it. The big sugariness gave stickiness around the mouth, while the fullness of body helped give nice pop and glug on the sip. This all coupled with soft creaminess, helping them to execute a highly desirable mouthfeel. The other components, however, were disappointing. The aroma felt cheap and overly sweet, while the flavoring was lopsided with sugars of its own, and all the drying characteristics of wood without much of its inherent warmth of flavoring. This is a decent effort, but without a solid base beer it is hard to build complexity.
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mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma reveals loads of bourbon, followed by vanilla and some cocoa. Flavour is complex, with lovely bourbon notes, vanilla, cocoa and just enough sweetness. Bourbon barrels are use to perfection. Not extraordinary, but this is really nice. Great stuff.
knickskicks (729) - - SEP 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin brown pour. Nose is an empty can of Folgerís thatís been sitting around for a few days. Taste is very harsh roastiness, cardboard, stale coffee. Thin-medium mouthfeel for the style.
AirForceHops (3203) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
750 ml bottle from Oliverís 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". Itís hard to know.
Benzai (8246) - 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 (4035) - 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 (4919) - 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 (13575) - 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. Thereís 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. Itís 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 (7616) - 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 (5750) - 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 (9163) - 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!