Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is plenty of complexity to this barrel aged stout. Dried fruit and peat combines with the bracing whisky notes to round out this beer. I got a little smoke and heat, this is very malt forward. Very interested to see how this would mellow within 5 years.
TXBadger (2417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours black like oil, same viscosity too. Dark fruit, peat, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. This finishes very earthy, the peat really comes through on the finish.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Wood and eau-de-vie impressions lead a fruity attack into a complex dark chocolate and roast plateau before a splash of whisky sets up algae, caramel and even more roast in the aftertaste. A surprisingly impressive Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, from every angle.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the dark brown-edged black.
-The body is leaner than I had expected, which I like.
-For all its potency, this remains a classy Impy.
-Raisins also appear in the aftertaste.
-Carbonation is soft, leaving plenty of room for the malts and barrel to express themselves.
-This one is not trying to be excessive or aggressive. It’s complex and accomplished throughout, and actually a pleasure to sip..
Bottle from 2002.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Oil pitch black pour with a thin khaki head. Nose is sweet dark chocolate, peat, booze. Taste is sweet cherry and chocolate up front mixed with mild peat from the Scotch barrel, and nice boozey body. Abv is hidden well.
MacBoost (1723) - Penfield, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle from Beers of the World, Henrietta, NY. $12. Pours an inky black. Only a very little dark brown around the edges when held directly to a 90 watt light bulb. Aromas of roast, chocolate, booze. I get some bourbon notes, but no peat. Taste is sweet. Flavors of very deep roast, some decent amount of smokiness, roasted logs on the fireplace. Pretty smoky and deep. Very sweet, but matched up with the enormous ABV, it’s not entirely cloying. Getting a little honey in there as well. Very low carbonation. Warming. Pretty damn deep and complex. Finishes sweet with a total mind fuck of roast on the back end. This is pretty neat stuff,if you are into this sort of beer.
freretoc (1535) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bu en bouteille de 33cl bière noire et aucune mousse à peine une filer blanc sur le haut de la bière, aucune bulle, elle est trop marquée par l’alcool, fon de bouche sur la vanille et le bourbon... Pas excellente
fiammanghilla (926) - Genova, ITALY - APR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cicchetto (furto di 3€) @ Savona a tutta birra.
Scura senza schiuma.
Al naso vino e legno.
In bocca carbonazione soft, morbida con sentori di uvetta passa.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/30/2014. 12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas are sweet and oaky with chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Sweet whiskey flavors with a hint smoke. More licorice, vanilla and chocolate. A bit sticky, but the high alcohol is muted. Very good.
Beerhunter111 (15231) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.
Iznogud (2048) - CROATIA - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle 330 ml at La Fine Mousse, Paris. Pours black with almost no head. Roasted malts alcohol aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel flavor with touch of whiskey. Full bodied.