italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Sweet as all hell. Syrupy yet slightly dry and crisp finish. It’s almost all chocolate malt with a hint of cherry. Flavorful and enjoyable.
Sarlacc83 (815) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Inky black with a brown head. Dark legs.
N: Rich cocoa, caramel, oak, bourbon, and cherries. Raisin, molasses, and a touch of soy cause.
T: Brown sugar sweetness, some cherry sourness. Not cloying. Chocolate covered maraschinos for sure.
M: Oily, slick, and hefty. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: A treat. Big and burly, with enough subtlety to stay interesting. The sourness can undo the taste a bit, but that’s my only complaint. A perfected 2009 Abyss.
jcnielsen (2196) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG Winter Gathering, Asheville, courtesy of someone. Pours a black color with white head. Brownies, bourbon, chocolate, malty, sweet flavors.
adnielsen (9286) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ RBWG. Pours a black appearance with little head. Pours a thick ink black appearance. Goopy chocolate, Sugary aroma. Pretty boozy, heavy malty flavor. Lots of chocolate. A bit too much for me.
Ferris (4526) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Molasses, bourbon, boozy and chocolate. Jet black with a decent brown head. Sweet coffee, chocolate and much lighter than the nose suggests.
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is bourbon, cherries, oak, heavy chocolate, light coffee notes, earthy hops, dates and figs. Flavor is dark malt dominant with dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, light tartness, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
DrSilverworm (6601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Dark brown color, near black, with a hue of red. Minimal khaki head. Loose fine dots of lace. Bourbon barrel in the nose, some dark fruit. Get some milk chocolate, vanilla. Moderate bitter taste, some sweet. Light warmth, but no burn or bite - hides alcohol well. Surprisingly, tastes a bit older than I expected for something that I know is less than a year old. Surprisingly smooth, though, too. Very light carbonation, kind of creamy, and a bigger body. More dry finish. Impressive 15% imperial stout, glad for the chance to have tried this.
SudsMcDuff (5894) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
second time having this .. pours a deep almond skin .. mild foam .. . light chocolate .. not getting much barrel .. very subtle beer, underwhelming .. . . and trust me. I drink A LOT of Pedialyte!!
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pitch black, brownish head, foamy, fairly nice lacing. Sweet chocolate and bourbon barrel aging on the nose. Very tasty! Sweet chocolate covered cherries right up front, with bits of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and more chocolate. Whoa, this is a decadent beer! A little ashy on the backside, otherwise loads of chocolate, sweet roast, a bit of that chocolate covered cherry liquor. This is a rich, decadent Imperial Stout that is loaded with cocoa and chocolate covered cherries. This is really a big rich chocolate covered cherry sort of beer. Never would have guessed it to be 15%. Too easy, and too dangerous to drink. Low hops, high sweetness, big candy bar and chocolate covered cherry factor. This is beer? Thanks for the bottle Matt!
jkwood04 (4041) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak and bourbon and vanilla, plus some cherries that blend in well. Flavor the same with a good blend of a big, sweet imperial stout and the oak and cherries. Thick texture. A good beer.