_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours black with a rather big fizzy mocha head that leaves some sparse lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, caramel, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, chocolate brownies, sweet liquorice candy and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, brown sugar, chocolate mudcake, raisins in chocolate, bourbon alcohol and hints of minerals. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny creamy, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, bourbon alcohol and hints of raisins and prunes. Very heavy on the chocolate. Bit hot and bit lacking in complexity and texture. Still fairly tasty though...
jsmanigold (69) - - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet bourbon caramel flavor with slight hint of chocolate. Mild boozy taste. Pleasant sweet aroma after being poured.
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac shared at Anchorage Dec ’14 Tasting: Poured black brown with light brown head. Aroma is sticky sweet booziness and rugged malts that stick to the nose. Taste was sweet chocolate, vanilla, very malty, and very lively on the palate.
Redr8r (13) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with a substantial brown head. Dark chocolate and rich bourbon to the nose. Very creamy and smooth with Dark chocolate and coffee taste. Very good bite at 11.6 ABV.
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Dr_Fellini (772) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy medium brown head. Light black marker, burnt roasted malts. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, light anise. Had it before and the black marker character was overwhelming. Much better with a bit of aging.
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, whiskey nose - very nice. Dark tan head on a pitch colored brew. Tangy but smooth. Sour fruit and mild whiskey. Decent but a little less than I expected. Thanks to someone at Baby Proof for sharing.
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Well done imperial. Good overall mouthfel. Smooth for style.
kayres (589) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black thick with a big tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma smooth coco a bit boozy. Sweet
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dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark and oily with a dark tan head. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and, of course, bourbon. Tasty.
chinchill (2770) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 (rating ~ 4.3) and 2011 (rating ~ 4.6) editions sampled back-to-back in Dec. 2014.
Both clearly excellent. Oddly, the 2010 seemed a bit hotter despite the extra year of aging, but it turns out the ABV was higher that year.
O: very well crafted, rich and balanced.