mkgrenwel (600) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing I notice is that coconut note I get from CBC’s barrel aged beers. Slightly tart and vinious. Some alcohol on the nose as well. Flavor is port, cherries, coconut. Bittersweet cocoa lingers in the back of the mouth. Completely silky smooth, only broken by slight alcohol burn in the finish. The overall impression is chocolate covered fruits. Delicately nuanced, yet bold. Not a typical imperial stout, but in the best possible way.
Bebum (448) - - MAY 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2015 Opaque, little lace.
Full body, well flavored, oily texture, low carbonation but very high alcohol heat, avg length, fruity finish.
Sweet but not excessively, slightly bitter all perfectly balanced by a gentle acidity.
Malty, dried fruit, dates, raisins, uva de cavalo, roasty, tar, alcohol, cola, coffee.
Aggressive but very delicious, typical imperial stout.
WillRunForBeer (1240) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ale House. Pours black coffee dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is similar. Dark chocolate covered raisin, vanilla, coffee. A hint of bourbon in the finish. Just a touch boozy. I’d like to try this again in a year or two.
Ernest (6574) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Nov 2014 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (melted chocolate / fudge, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, blackberry syrup, whisky/bourbon, alcohol, oak, peanut butter, cocoa butter.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/oily texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
The name is just as awkward as Evil Twin’s "I Love You With My Stout", although this one here has been around a lot longer so I guess it wins in some sense. Surprisingly good...and I say that not because Cambridge is hit-and-miss (true), but because I usually hate bourbon barrel aged stouts. Usually the corny bourbon character clobbers everything else (which is what I think most beer bros actually prefer), but not so here...this has all sorts of enticing things in the nose and they integrate very well...never does any one thing stick its head too far above the rest. It’s a bit too sweet for my liking, but the alcohol is hidden quite well and it’s remarkably easy to drink...almost too easy. Good stuff.
drfabulous (4621) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle from The Beer Trappe. Big dark pour. Slightly boozy nose. Big dark fruit notes with chocolate and bourbon. Very taste.
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolatelight bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
malrubius (2035) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 4, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Table & Vine. Black with fizzy brown head that disappears quickly. Fruity ashy boozy chocolate woody aroma. Dark chocolate fruity sweetness with somewhat harsh ashy woody bitterness and lingering ash and alcohol. Meh. This is a classic example of an overrated imperial stout. Top 95% of all beers. Not by a longshot.
Lukaduke (2566) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep burnt umber color with two fingers of khaki foam. Nose is soft cocoa powder, some bourbon warmth, hints of dark fruit and peanut shells. Palate follows with nice balance, lots of chocolate maltiness, almost ovaltine like with layered complexity of bourbon and plum. Well balanced with a rich yet soft mouthfeel.
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy, man, God, sheeeeet. Pours thick dark unclear blackish coffee with a nice creamy head. Aroma and flavor are both rich and decadent as so eloquently stated in the descriptions. The aroma brings roasted malts and some of the tannins of the oak and the pinot as well with notes of brown sugar and even hints of the cognac at the end. The flavor brings roasted chocolate clean with a balanced creaminess that ends smoothly with vanilla and spicy rum like booze notes, so nice! Wash Uffizi drive me to Firenze!
williamstome (1221) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, brown head. Big chocolate and bourbon aroma, flavor of bourbon, dark chocolate, cherry, oak, vanilla and coconut.
Kavu (2728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5 fl. oz. on tap @ CBC. Pours very dark brown with no head. Aroma is roasted malts, alcohol and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, a hint of coffee and a hoppy finish. Really good.