Gentle_Ben (44) - Rutland, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a mocha head. Nose is bourbon, malts, chocolate and coffee. In the mouth this hits you with the bourbon toffee notes, smoke, soy sauce, coffee and well balanced malts. The ABV is high but is well balanced by the flavours. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the soft carbonation cuts through the massive flavours. On the whole this is a very well balanced delicious stout!
furthur (848) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Years beer, bottle, black with bubbly walnut colored head. Aroma is cookies, molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, toasted barley, chocolate, coffee. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, cookies, molasses and burnt sugar, raisin. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation subdued. This is amazing. Not as sweet as I thought.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon - with a roasted finish.
gunnfryd (13980) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nærbø Ølfestival 2015. Black colour with no head. Aroma is licorice,chocolate, coffee. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak. full body. Delicious.
ACHops (1286) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Milk and Hops. Pours thick jet black with medium thin dark mocha head that fades quickly. Aroma is dry Belgian chocolate, vanilla, port-soaked oak, bourbon, and vinous notes. Taste is clean, smooth light chocolate malt, milk chocolate and vanilla notes linger throughout. Hints of oak and bourbon on the back. 12% ABV is virtually undetectable amidst the smooth clean flavor here. Nice balance here, not a boozy bomb as you might expect.
badgerben (4824) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, one year old. Black with a medium head, falling quickly. Big vanilla and bourbon aroma. Strong oak flavor. Lots of vanilla, coffee,mroast, and bourbon. Full body.
Bulk_Carrier (3546) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of head. Light lacing slides into the beer.
The smell starts off with an eloquent sweet roasty coffee bean rolling over subtle notes of sweet cocoa. Dark fruits balance out the aroma.
The taste was moderately sweet running through the roasty portion nicely full and adding a slight bready element. There’s a slight sweet fruity aftertaste running into a dry fruity finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionability about it. I do say it does get pretty dry with a sticky feel rolling about. Carbonation runs fairly light but I think this is a fairly old bottle, so I’m not worried.
Overall, as a Russian Imperial Stout, this works. I could see myself coming back to this.
drsordr (2239) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to taster at FoBAB 2015 pours opaque black with light tan head. Nose red fruit, bourbon, and slight wood. Taste similar to nose, leaning more on the red fruit flavors and bourbon.
tsd08460 (752) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: caramel, roasty, bourbon, vanilla, woody, alcohol, coffee,
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
jeremyh70 (1036) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black with a thin mocha head and little lacing. Aroma has bourbon, vanilla, roast, and dark chocolate. The bourbon really comes out in the flavor with some vanilla, roastiness and chocolate in back and a bit of booziness. Full bodied with a full mouthfeel. Very well constructed and tasty.