DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours onyx with tan head. Nose is dark malt, heavy vanilla, whisky, oaky. Tastes of earthy dark malt, heavy vanilla, late heat and cognacy notes, some hops, blackstrap molasses.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: Thick oily bourbon barrels juice and slightly smoked peat
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when probably about 2 years of age. Sent to me by Vertical Bacon Strip, thanks Jeff
The look: Black body with a few big bubbles acting as a head (despite a violent pour)
In long: The not-so-intense nose is mostly bourbon barrels and peat notes. Taste is bourbon barrels juice, smoked peat soaked in black coffee and some tar. Alcohol is a bit apparent. This one didn’t have much of the usual vanilla that comes with bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout. The barrels and smoked peat are so overwhelming that the beer doesn’t feel sweet at all, which is a good thing. Carbonation is too soft and the beer has a motor oil mouthfeel. This was a good beer. And here’s another good paradox: I think you should not agree with me. Do you agree?
stouby (3872) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home.
Black with a brown head, quickly gone. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, roasted, notes of whiskey and wood). Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, smooth. Full body, almost flat.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is very sweet, like a sherry barrel aged whiskey. The nose also brings a nice roasty, toasted oak note. The flavor is sweet and fruity. Nourbon, sherry, almonds, chocolate and coffee on the palate. Quite nice
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black no head. Oak acompanied by a fruity sweetness dominate the aroma. Flavour is very oaky with notes of sherry. This was definatly in a sherry barrel aged whiskey barrel. It is sweet, bold and interesting. I like it.
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small thin fizzy light brown head that hung around as a large bubbled ring. The whisky nose on this is just awesome. Lots of char and vanilla with a more subtle level of smoke and peat than some of the other batches that I’ve tried. Still a good deal of roasty malt as well, but this is pretty well about the whisky. The taste is a little more balanced in this version as well, the beer seems to have been able to stand up against the barrel a little bit better than some others. Oak, char, vanilla, very well controlled alcohol flavor, and great roasted malt all meld together seamlessly. This is so much better than most of the other versions it might actually convince me to buy some more of these different batches. On the lighter side as far as body goes for the style, but it makes it very very drinkable in large gulps. Nice soft light carbonation doesn’t distract from the flavor. This beer was excellent.
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Near black, thin dissipating tan head, no lacing.
Aroma is very alcoholic, bourbon, chocolate.
Flavour is very sweet, watery, thin, bourbon, lots of alcohol, some chocolate.
Hot mouthfeel, light body, moderate carb.
Finishes thin, watery and hot.
BrewDog is 0 for 3 in their imperial stouts that I have had of theirs. Alcoholic, thin jumble.
330ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on March 29, 2009.
Best before December 30, 2008.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Chocolate malt, woody notes, some oak and maple. Vanilla roast y bitterness. Still smooth and lush for 10%. Nice.
renffisch (867) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found in my secret ’outside special beer box’ for my David! Sweet silky leather burnt vanilla sugar nose. Darkest brown/blackish colour, no head nor lace. Sickly sweet first flavour, fading into burnt choc biscuit and herbal coal notes. Not mine, but a well and delicately crafted beer.
jgb9348 (4993) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice sized tan head that fades away nicely. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, whiskey, nuts, pecans, caramel and a bunch of sweet flavours - not overly done and smells pretty nice throughout. Medium to Full-bodied; Pungent robust maltiness with a lot of sugars, some oak, vanilla and bourbon tastes throughout and a long roasted malt and coffee essence on the end. Overall, a nice and rather well-rounded stout - showing well with the age (two years I’ve had it), with a good complexity, but not over profiled tastes. I sampled this in conjunction with the Paradox Islay, and this was far better in my opinion. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from the Utobeer Market Stall in Borough (London), England on 08-March-2008, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 28-May-2010. Best Before - 02 December 2008.