brokensail (15269) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black in color with khaki head. Smoke and peat on the nose with a lot of roast. Coffee, dark chocolate, metal, and soap. Some mild caramel sweetness on the finish. The flavor is quite smokey, peaty, and soapy. Some bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. A bit of caramel, oak, and alcohol.
Beer5000 (5716) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle sampled in 2009. Pitch black body with a small and fast disappearing beige head. Strong and pleasant aroma of peat, wood, dark malt, bitter coffee and whisky. Flavor is as aroma with nice warming alcohol. Fine body and amazing aftertaste. Strong but balanced, at least for sipping.
nsquishee (637) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome bourbon and coffee aroma. Tastes good with nice flavors of charred bourbon barrel, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon spice. Very nice, just wish it had a not more body/thickness.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 16 Tons Winter/Strong Ale Festival. Pours a deep, dark black, little head, aroma is thick, rich, smoky/malty. Body is syrupy and viscous, finish is very complex, barrels are prominent but not overwhelming. Really nice, but I’ll probably never have the chance to have it again.
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark pour with minimal head. Terrific aroma - whiskey and wood. Palate is moderate. Taste is the same elements as the aroma but not as pronounced. Still yummy.
sonnycheeba (4815) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thin, fizzy tan heady; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted and caramel malt, figs, dates, plums, scotch, vanilla, earthy hops, chocolate, and oak. Flavor is malt forward with good supporting dark fruit esters and faint hops; scotch undertones throughout with a dry, oak finish. Medium/full body, low carbonation, and high warmth. Definitely past its prime, but still a good beer.
Koelschtrinker (15750) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dunkler Malzantrunk. Das Bier ist weniger intensiv, als man zunächst glaubt, das Malz breitet sich nur oberflächlich aus. Sehr semig, zum Ende trocken. Vorher deutlicher milder werdend, minimal Whiskeyaromen sowie trockene Töne. Dafür ansonsten recht mild, fast unscheinbar. Ein sehr zahmes Imperial Stout, das man so von der Brauerei gar nicht gewöhnt ist. /9/9/10/11/9
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of Batch 5. Crazy pitch-black pour with a tiny brownish head.. Light aroma of malts, dark fruit, chocolate and peated whiskey. Flavor is sticky sweet with smoky vanilla notes. Loads of scotch backbone with hints of chocolate-covered cherries, Chewable malts and a woodiness throughout.. I love good scotch and this one works for me. Dry, malt finish. Velly nice.....
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured near black with a thin, tannish head. Quite boozy, whiskey-ish. Molasses, cocoa, dark, roasted malts. Sweet with toffee, caramel, vanilla, and a nice earthy, oak and wooden balance. Slight peat and smoke notes to it too but far in the background.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a black body with a thin, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate, delicate, creamy lacing. Aroma is solid. Lots of molasses and rich chocolate. A smooth vanilla and softer roast that fills in the aroma nicely. Some scotch and a light oakiness that offers a pleasant addition rather than overpowering like some barrel aged beers. The scotch and oak grows more as this warms and seems more welcoming than other barrels, while giving off just a hint of sharpness. A faint berry creeps its way into the aroma as well. Flavor is more the same. Richer and sweeter chocolate up front with some molasses. Really soft and creamy. A gentle scotch and oak as well as a smooth vanilla comes in along with a rounding roast. Chocolate cookies and roast grow richer in the finish with a nice, warming, delicate scotch and somewhat spicy oak. Slowly dries with a light bitterness leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium, silky body with a very light carbonation. Overall, this is a really solid beer. Lots of rich, rounded flavors with a silky smooth body. They used the barrels nicely on this one.