Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown body, thin to medium beige ring of carbonation. Potent nose with burnt caramel, roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, and oak with detectable alcohol. Strong body with potent bourbon and oak complementing coffee, caramel, brown sugar, and licorice. Good balance among bitter, sweet, and alcohol components. Heavy palate. Too much burnt caramel and brown sugar for an imperial stout, but not bad.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
reddish black body. tiny, minimal wispy head. lighter body than expected. aroma of heavily roasted malt, stale coffee, caramel and sugar. flavor begins with a chocolate and nutty coffee base. sugary, smoky finish. interesting for an imperial stout. more of a coffee based porter or lighter stout..
sloth (2494) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin tan head thats short lived though there is some spotty lace hangin around. Almost black in color with a nice bit of ruby red edging. Nose is soft, ashy, bourbony, lightly smokey and chocolatey, pronounced coffee aromas, nice roastiness. Med/full body, nice oilyness, soft carbonation, silky. Well gathered flavors, vanilla, roast, coffee and whisky thats just right. Light chocolatey notes creeping in, hint of wood and aspirin, faint licorice notes as well. Put together pretty well i,d say. Finish is surprisingly dry and roasty, lasting, clean. An enjoyable brew indeed. Props to my friend Kymbierlee and whats his name,,,umm,,,ummm,,, oh yeah,,, MOTORTODDHEAD, WTF! for the bottle i received in our last trade. Good folks! Thanks guys yall rock!!!!
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Auburn cola colored with a small 1 finger beige crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves tiny swirls of lace.
Smell: Loads of vanilla, mild coffee note, and a burnt cream note. While the different notes are all lively, the overall smell is a touch unrefined. I hope it melds with a bit of age.
Taste: Burnt cream up front that gets sweeter as the vanilla kicks in upon swallow. Kind of similar to creme brulee but much thinner mouthfeel and not nearly as sweet. Kind of similar to KBS due to the large vanilla dose.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a barrel aged imperial stout...heck its thin for a normal stout!
Drinkability: Not bad considering the sweetness and strong vanilla profile.
This beer was a bit of a disappointment. It seems forced... The flavors aren’t blended well at all. I hope age does a bit more justice to the couple other bottles I have.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2009
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from brewblackhole. Dark brown color, a thin head develops then quickly fades away leaving a few small patches. Dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, molasses, and bourbon in a very inviting aroma. The flavor profile isn’t as complex but good. Rich mocha blends with the roasty coffee flavor and a touch of bourbon. Chocolate is stronger than expected and almost matches the coffee. The bourbon is very much complimentary. Prickly carbonation, a tad thin with mild bitterness. Good beer.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle- 2010 edition. Pours inky black cola. very little head with some fine mocha lacing. Nose- wood, light vanilla, sweet malts, milk chocolate. Not much in terms of coffee though which is surprising.
Taste- initial sip is bourbon heat followed by an acrid black coffee taste and wood dryness. As the beer warms the malt sweetness comes partially through. Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Finish is quite bitter and hot. I think this is one that could sit for awhile to smooth out.
cpetrone84 (1434) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2013 Re-rate 2013.Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a tight creamy dark tan head. Nose is extremely rich, tons of chocolate cake and smooth roast coffee. Tons of rich malt depth with notes of vanilla and a hint of wood. Taste is more coffee forward, a touch sweeter, still has some rich cakiness but not quite as put together as the nose. Body is full, extremely smooth and creamy with a hint of thinness in the finish. No bitterness through the finish that many coffee stouts get.
A-transparent dark brown color, hues of ruby red and dark mahogony. thin tan head, very bubbly disipating quickly leaving no lace.
S-not huge but present with notes of coffee up front, hints of molasses, tobacco with a touch of sweet caramel setting in next. toffee takes over with dark fruits and lots of them towards the back, tons of cherries with notes of raisins.
T-big notes of coffee, light molasses with hints of dark chocolate. toffee in the back with just hint of cherries and raisins.
M-medium to full body and very smooth. a little thin for an imperial stout but all the creaminess it should have. nice carbonation to hold up throughout.
D-nice notes of coffee and reasonably flavorful. hints of sweetness and a decent feel. prerty solid but nothing super special.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to JW77 for sharing. Poured dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is lightly roasted with notes of rich coffee, caramel, and dark cocoa, very balanced. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor up front is mellow roasted coffee and sweet caramel malts, mid way through some cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla come in to play. Mostly sweet with mild coffee bitterness and slight acidity in the back end. Finishes with a roasted chocolate note. Very good, I would have liked a touch more of a hop presence.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle via trade with klikger (BA). The appearance is deep brown with a smaller bubbly roasted brown head. Wow a great nose. Delicious German chocolate cake dominates. Really nice in the coconut, bourbon, a good coffee in the nose too. Excellent nose, I just want to keep smelling it. The flavors are as good, loads of coconut, and bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, oak barrels, lots of coffee but it is hidden beneath all the other flavors. The mouth is very full, incredibly smooth, very warm in the stomach. Wow even better then I was expecting.
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red highlights when the glass is held up to the light. A mild tan head forms on top.
S: The nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. There’s a nice roastiness to it along with a touch of chocolate, molasses, and oak.
T: The flavor is quite interesting as the barrel characteristics of bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol come through, but there’s a bit of a spiciness to it as well. The coffee is strong, perhaps too strong for some (but I enjoy it).
M: The body is a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, but still fairly substantial. The carbonation is is a bit high.
D: A really complex beer. Even with the barrel aging and a significant ABV, the alcohol presence is fairly minimal. I’m glad to have several more of these.