ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml, corked & caged bottle, 2008 edition @ 10.7% abv from grape & gourmet. pours a stunning, oil thick, jet black with a rich, dark brown head and a sticky ring of lace. aroma is is one of those epic ’beer geek’ moments when just about everything comes together perfectly. im talking huge notes of dark chocolate, graham cracker, toasted coconut, and yellow cake batter with subtle hints of roast coffee, toffee popcorn, and smoked pecans with a subtle touch of vanilla and woody bourbon. flavor is absolutely wonderful with huge, semi-sweet dark chocolate, dark red fruits, and toffee malts up front that smoothly transition to dark, roast coffee, campfire smoke, and absolutely beautifully integrated oaked bourbon with just a touch of sweet vanilla. palate is full bodied and decadent but superbly drinkable given the carbonation provided by the champagne yeast with a soft roasted malt and bourbon finish. overall, i feel that mr. oliver at brooklyn was thinking of me when he aged an imperial stout in barrels that once held my favorite bourbon of all time, Woodford Reserve, and he made one hell of a brew.
arminjewell (9144) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black with dark tan head, aroma is champagne, coffee, dark fruit. Taste up front is oak, vanilla, and dark fruit leading into coffee and chocolate flavors and finishing a bit sweet and dry. What a good and unique version of a stout, with lots of champagne character as well as perfect stout elements that totally mask the 12% until it hits your stomach. Great brew!
ekstedt (6232) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with a dirty beige head. Liquorice aroma with strong notes of whiskey, vanilla, coconut, and alcohol. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fairly dry and salty with medium bitterness. Another barrel-aged imp stout that i find highly overrated.
neepsntatties (1578) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a bottle of this last August (thanks to "hannont") and forgot to rate it. Colour.... intensely black with a thick, frothy dark brown head. Nose... dark caramel, high cocoa mass bittersweet chocolate, dark molasses and oak. Palate... gad this stuff is thick! Coating, chewy, mild CO2, constant underlying waves of Bourbon flavours, loads of toffee, dark chocolate, unsulphered molasses, dark raisins, vanilla bean, heavy bodied coffee and a long, creamy finish. Mmmmmm.....!
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle sampled at Sexual Chocolate Day 2010. BIG bourbon nose, chocolate milk, vanilla, light wood, light smoke, earthy, wood pulp. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, wood pulp, coffee with cream, brown sugar, molasses. Really super smooth, full bodied with a sweet finish.
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color wit ha small tan head. Has a roasted amlty chocolate aroma with some vanilla hints and some hints of oak. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish with hints of vanilla and oak in the aftertaste.
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the Super Bowl MVP of beers. Wow!, head, lacing, color, depth, aroma, feel, taste, all equal a champion for 2010.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, good sized head, probably due to the Champagne yeast at work here. Aroma chocolate, vanilla, hint of coffee, and some oaky bourbon notes. Flavor matches, with pronounced chocolate and vanilla. Good bit of bourbon there as well, but it meshes well. Coffee falls almost entirely out of the flavor. Nice, although I though the carbonation was a bit much for me.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a heavy beer in every sense of the word. Big flavor. Very floral, very hoppy, and very high in abv. It’s fantastic if you can get your hands on it. It’s also a night ender.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours BLACK with a creamy brown head. Aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate. Bourbon flavors assault the tongue first which gently gives way to the chocolate which ultimately gives to dark berry fruit on the finish. To quote Shrek "I’m talkin layers donkey". Awesome beer from a great brewery.