sonnycheeba (2528) - 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.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared a 12 ounce bottle of this. 2009 best by date. $12 for the bottle. Complex palate, but got a bit too much sweetness and starchiness with the age.
Iphonephan (2215) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 33 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Marked 005 06/06/09 on the bottle. Pours a deep cola brown with a scant head. Aroma of oak and whiskey. Flavors also include chocolate and licorice and a hint of leather. Quite complex. Low carbonation. Slight bitter finish. A complex and tasty brew.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. it pours black with a medium tan head. The nose is sweet vanilla, fudge, toffee, coffee, wood, light oxidised notes, toast, cocoa powder and earth. The taste is roasted malt, toast, sweet coffee, vanilla, toffee, some acidity, fudge, mild activity, earth, light alcohol warmth and decent bitterness with a dry, roasty finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Smooth and big wood character, yet quite mellow. Has agred rather gracefully.
brokensail (9130) - Orange County, 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.
Beer4000 (4099) - 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 (547) - 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 (466) - 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 (5134) - Burnsville, 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.
Koelschtrinker (9467) - 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