JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a thin off-white head. A lot of rich bourbon and some oaky complexity. Chocolate and a lot of soft sweetness. Barrel flavour with some toasted malt through the middle. The bitter chocolate really picks up on the back - awesome stuff really.
tiong (2952) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ SBWF’12
Pours pitch black with a foamy head. Aroma of roasty malts, hints of vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon. Taste is quite sweet with hints of vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate and bourbon. Finish of vanilla notes, sugary syrup, oak and bourbon. Okay, quite tasty imperial porter.
_angst_ (2275) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky 2012. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small dark mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with lots and lots of chocoalte combined with vanilla fudge, toffee, toasted malts, wood, roasted coconut, burnt cookies, brownies and chocolate pudding. Taste is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, cocoa powder, wood, dark roast coffee, brownies, milk chocolate, roasted coconut, resin, burnt cookies, vanilla fudge and hints of pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny watery and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, wood and hints of lemon zest. Solid chocolate and vanilla bomb that I expected more from.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 9/30/12 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle, thanks to Baker for the trade. Pours nearly black, dark brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin, bubbly lace. The nose is straightforward dark roasted coffee and chocolate porter with plenty of vanilla and caramel bourbon. The flavor is very dry with tons of dark chocolate and coffee, finishing with some vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter dark chocolate and vanilla bourbon finish.
rlgk (9031) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at SBWF 2012. Black beer with a beige head. Cocoa aroma, chocolate, milk notes, roasted, some hops, floral, licorice, some figs and hay. Cocoa flavor, dry powdery, chocolate, licorice, sweetish, a bit cloying.
larsniclas (5306) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at SBWF12
Almost black. Small tan head.
Loads of sweet, milky chocolate in the aroma.
Overwhelming dry cocoa in the flavour. Way too much chocolate overall.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle purchased from The Davis Food Co-Op. White wax. The aroma on this is overbearing sweet chocolate. Slight vanilla character from the oak. Light roastiness. Lacking depth. Opaque black body with a medium, creamy light tan head present. Fair lacing. Starts with sweet chocolate flavors, before this becomes a little roasted and a touch astringent in the middle. Finishes with more cocoa character. I don’t pick up any of the bourbon or even any barrel character in this beer. A fair beer, but at $16.50 a bottle, this is certainly not worth the price. Maybe worth half the price.
marcus (5888) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pangaea, Sacramento. Pours pitch black with an attractive tan head and a strong chocolate aroma. There is a creamy chocolate flavor with a dry bitter oaky finish. Very tasty.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, black waxed bomber, courtesy of deftim13. thanks so much, tim! the kick-ass black lab on the label forced me to find this beer, and i’m damn glad i did. pours a very dark, deep, cocoa brown that sits black in the glass and is topped by rich, creamy, light mocha head that leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is truly great with rich notes of german chocolate cake, cocoa powder, and hershey bars backed by vanilla beans, toasted marshmallows, charred oak, and hazelnut espresso with just a hint of woody bourbon. flavor follows the aroma beautifully with rich, dark chocolate, cake batter, coconut icing, and dry oak backed by roasted malts, smoked almonds, espresso, and smooth, dry bourbon. palate is rich but medium bodied with a creamy, frappe-like texture, and a great balance of sweet and roasted notes that i really dig in an imperial porter. this is a great beer that i imagine is dedicated to an even greater dog. cheers, Mogli!
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber a gift from bhensonb at our tasting at his house. Nose is rich dark chocolate, vanilla, sweetness, and a light touch of bourbon. Clear very dark brown with a small beige head. Flavor is very chocolatey, lots of vanilla, and some bitterness with only the tiniest, barely detectable hints of bourbon. Fantastic brew!