olr1984 (1325) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 22oz bottle pours a brownish/black with a small tan head. big vanilla coconut and bourbon taste. amazing stout
gEUS (1482) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2014 vintage at home. Pours deep brown to deep marroon black.Aroma is extremely roasted hazel nuts, coco, dark malts, burnt caramel, bourbon raw alcohol, topped with loads of vanilla. woah. Medium to big body, very slick and oily, loads of alcohol burn, some bitterness towards the end but nicely overly sweet. Taste is again all of the burnt characters from the nose, and some leather and burnt rubber as well. One of the most intense BA RIS’s that I have ever tasted. Nice.
kermis (7000) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 bottle shared. Pours near black with a minimal ring beige head. Aroma of huge oak barrel, bourbon, malt, vanilla, chocolate, leather and a touch of licorice. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with a very soft carbonation bringing out notes of caramel and molasses in the palate. Excellent!
beernbourbon (1390) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle from trade. Pour is viscous and totally black with a thin brown head. Aroma is earthy with roasted chocolate malt, light basement smells, wood, and vanilla. Flavor is hugely luscious, rich and full With loads of smooth roasted malt and vanilla. So rich and smooth. Lives up to the hype. Awesome.
blockdude (3) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I certainly enjoyed this year’s version more than the ’14 in terms of how balanced it was and how the coffee and bourbon were not overpowering. The barrel qualities are also quite nice, with many different flavors going on from chocolate to raisins.
DesertDevil (648) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 red-waxed bottle (thanks for bringing this, thebitterendaz!). The nose features a fair amount of alcohol and rich bourbon, along with lighter tones of dark chocolate fudge, faint soy sauce, charred oak, and a touch of root beer. Pours glossy black with dark coffee highlights. Thick syrupy chocolate is the dominant flavor with smooth bourbon, moderate coffee, burnt toast, light soy sauce, and a faint whisper of balsamic vinegar. Heavy body with a sticky texture and a hot finish. OK, this is damn nice, but it’s not even close to being worth the $45 bottle cost.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, another brownie batter stout. Very thick, vanilla, chewy chocolate and caramel. Basically drinking brownie batter.
baggio (326) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage, shared with friends.
Apperance: Pitch black with a brownish head.
Aroma: Bourbon, Hint of chocolate and some licorice?
Taste: Bourbon, Chocolate, Hint of portwine, Roasted malts.
Palate: Silky smooth with a very perfect, lowish, carbonation.
4 years and still awesome. Wow!
blomster (266) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage, thanks to Baggio. Awesome bourbon aroma. Tastes freakin good. Love this 4 year old beer, don’t know what it was like fresh, but now it’sffreakin awesome!
Garlic_of_Doom (569) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle from a trade with Dan, thanks!
Pitch black with a small espresso coloured head.
Aroma has loads of bourbon followed by liquorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol fumes.
Taste has liquorice, coconut, bourbon, super dark bitter chocolate and liquor filled pralines.
Full body, no doubt about that, low but still prickly carbonation, super thick and velvet smooth.
After taste is quite hot, a lot of bourbon burn.
This is a beast among Imperial Stouts. Quite hot so I guess some age could do just fine.