StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 2005 bottled batch, consumed November 2005.
Still a tad thin in appearance on the pour, but in the snifter, itís black and nearly opaque with a small íSí curve and a thin tan wrung for the head (appearance bumped up from a Ď3í to a Ď4í.) Goddamn, thatís a fine aroma. Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate wafer dust lurking at the bottom of the plastic packaging carton, Vanilla Nips, fudgie-caramel brownies, and roasty símores to showcase that chocolate and marshmallow sweetness and graham cracker toastiness (aromaís now a perfect 10.) More vanilla and cocoa bean flavor than the 2004 batch. Moderate caramel macchiato sweetness with a double shot of espresso for a slightly bitter edge. Liqueur filled semi-sweet chocolate morsels, with similarities to a shot of Irish cream in a winter morningís hot chocolate. Tasty, reflexive and medium-bodied on the palate. Alcohol is so well hidden. Supremely balanced and in its prime at this very moment, so drink up, boys. Finishes with supple cocoa beans. Not a heavy hitter, but itís really fíin tasty and has its shit together (overall bumped up from Ď16í to Ď18í.)
2004 bottle, sampled August 2005. Original rating: 4.0.
Medium viscosity and mostly opaque yet translucent at times. No head. Such a cohesive aroma with rich mocha cocoa, caramel and sweet bourbon. A symphony of complexity. Titillating flavor, like a bourbon glaze over Hershey bars. Paints a picture of a chocolate filled caramel thatís been secretly nuked with liqueur and then masked as a Rolo. Encompassing palate feel. Dark chocolate truffles keep creeping up in my dissertation. A tasty treat, courtesy of JPDIPSO!
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 I had to hug john when he shared this w/ me.
It pours a dark mahogony color w/ a small tan head. Huge roasted malt aroma followed by a hint of smoke some light chocolate and bourbon then just more roasty goodness. Palate was thick full and creamy. Flavor is a sweet carmel malt in some bourbon w/ brown sugar, raisens and plums. This is one of the best beers Iíve ever tried.
This beer lost .3 for there remake which wasnít nearly as good as the original batch.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely fantastic brew! Unlike MANY of the Ba offerings this showed a little restraint. Everything that a impy needs and then some.
Ungstrup (27642) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep red beer with a beutiful chocolate-brown head. The aroma is sweet primarily malty with some roasted and woody notes. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of over ripe fruit, but also some wood and chocolate.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) Like Satin Solstice, I aged this in my cellar for 8 months, and unfortunately, this beer is "suffering" from the same issues as the Satin Solstice. Itís extremely earthy, sharp and pungent, both in the flavor and nose. The nose is totally dominated by earth, mulch and mushrooms, and try as I might, I donít get much else. And that same earthy, mushroomy flavor is strong enough to overpower even the bourbon barrel aspects, but not kill them entirely. Mild oak and bourbon does come out in the flavor, mostly in the finish, and especially as the beer warms. A moderate undercurrent of toastiness joins the roast after the initial blast of pungent earth. Somewhat sweet, but it most certainly isnít jumping out at me. Medium "plus" in body. Dark brown in color, but definitely not black, and not opaque except when looking through the middle of the full glass. Now that Iím down to the final two inches of the beer, itís translucent. After the pour, the tan head was about average in size, under half an inch, and faded extremely quickly to a small halo, which itís now held for the duration of the session. Iím gonna have to retry this one too because I just donít think this strong earthiness is intended.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by and shared with jeffin7: Opaque brown with ruby highlights, small light brown head that fades to a nice large ring around the glass. Aroma is lots of chocolate, mild licorice, caramel infused bourbon, mild roasted malt, light burnt chocolate. Full bodied, medium-spritzy carbonation. Taste is bitter chocolate, bitter roasted malt, molasses, bourbon, light smoke, mild grains.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a perfect 1/8 inch tan head that remains. Aroma is of roast malt, chocolate, biscuit, slight coffee, very slight wood, and a slight alcoholic fume. Flavor is roast malt, chocolate, biscuit, slight wood, then a late mocha-espresso kick. Smooth, rich, complex, very drinkable. Slight wood and bourbon appears in the aftertaste. The everlasting thin head makes the palate smooth and slightly creamy. Great beer from every angle.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this gem from Capt. Cougar, huge thanks to him for that. Pour was a little bit more light than I had expected, but still darkish brown with little head. Nose was full of liqour. Taste was full of chocolate, some caramel, bourbon, some wood, and occasional hints of smokiness. Overall an excellent beer that I was surprised to even get my hands on.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial stout night!!! Trying this very nice Wisconsin Imperial Stout. Courtesy of JPDIPSO, this is excellent!! Chocolately, potent, bourbon flavoring throughout the tasting experience. Canít say anything less than Excellent brew. John again, many thanks for this trade. Its been sitting on ice for about 6 months and its terrific.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber brown with faint, laceless tan head. Smells WONDERFUL. strongly bourbony, specific notes are chocolate, caramel and molasses, amazingly persistant smell. First tastes were smooth, but rather thin and lacking in dpeth of flavor (?) Letting the beer warm in the glass (had been warmed in the bottle before pouring) restored some of the thickness and flavor, but it never matched the completely amazing aroma. Aging may have affected this brew a bit...