arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 Pour out of 750 mL bottle, huge thanks to Stephen for this. Thick oily black pour with dark tan head aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, slight apple brandy, oak, vanilla, coconut, nice dark cocoa, some brownie. Taste was a mix of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, nice vanilla, dark chocolate, hints of nice brandy, slight earth, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. Wow, just too many good flavors into this beer.
Apache (48) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 2015 Huna day: Pours black with a slight brown head. Not too much rum or brandy after a year.
aleigator (433) - GERMANY - APR 8, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Many thanks to Kevin for the bottle.
Pours a pitch black, motor oil color, revealing a slick viscosity after swirling, with a hazelnut brown, small head, which soon disappears.
Leaves back alcoholic spider legs, mingling into the darkness of the beer.
Smells of spiced, hot, chocolate, together with a wooden, slightly fruity burn. The scorched malts blend very smoothly into the hot qualities of the beer, both chilies and alcohol. Provides a rich bakers chocolate layer, enriching the unique spiciness, by ending up being a ebenbürtiger, smooth counterpart to them. Brandy exhibits a certain apple fruitiness, which gets picked up by faint lemony tequila, gently wrapped up by cinnamon and chocolate.
Has an outstandingly smooth mouthfeel, with a lower carbonation, giving the beer enough room to unfold its full, complex body.
Tastes of alcoholic truffels, with a fruity whiff, coated up by cinnamon and chilies. All flavors are very pronounced and well integrated into the overall taste, mainly defined by a decadent mexican chocolate foundation. The beer got a spicy chili bite to it, inviting an alcoholic, wooden flavor to the palate, while both flavors blend flawlessly into each other, providing a unique depth, backed up by ashy chocolate and cinnamon. No booziness hovers above the different, diverse flavors, due to chocolate malts, which are incredible well pronounced, building upa prominent backbone. Finishes with matured, slightly bitter hops, with all other flavors still being recognizable, especially the wooden, part floral, part fruity spirits, which provide a harsh, but pleasant dryness.
This beer is fantastic, its well balanced depth of flavor is far superior to the base beer, with both barrels enriching the flavor. Results in a never before experienced complexity in a spiced imperial stout, with cinnamon being even more present than in the regular version, accentuating the malty chocolate qualities of the beer perfectly. The double burn, due to chilies and spirits, acts as a long lasting, pleasant and well integrated peak, slowly evolving from the luscious chocolate.
sunnrider (20) - San Sebastian, SPAIN - MAR 18, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours out thick and very little head.
Smells incredible, rum, cinnamon and chocolate.
Tastes is complex, the heat comes on after the chocolate and alcohol flavors.
It may be a little less chilli than before, this bottle was aged for a year.
Overall I´m really glad to have tried this, and happy to say it does live up to the hype.
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is murky , oily dark, with a fairly modest fine bubbled dark khaki head into this snifter - it retains fairly modest as well, I suppose, with light spotting presence. The nose is rich chocolate cake, powerful cinnamon, moving to graham cracker crust, and clear vanilla presence as well. There is feint vegetal quality here, with some earthen barrel notes as well. The nose is not the highlight here at all - but I knew what was to come - The flavor profile reveals a robust and fairly complex hunahpu variant - its sticky sweet, with chocolate cake and vanilla bean initial - caramel and cacao moving forward. The rum / apple brandy barrel treatment is a nice combo - although I wouldn’t have been able to pick out the apple brandy without knowing it ahead of time. Cinnamon is naturally powerful here, with mild heat - it ends mild bitter with that lingering heat and a somewhat dry finish line
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle ,i have been saving this for the right time and my friends came down with some Three Floyds so it was on,it pours with an inky black dark glass staining body that supports a dark colored head. The aroma is bursting with dark chocolate, mild cinnamon, mild chili pepper and then a mix of smooth bourbon brandy. The taste is dark chocolate flowing into chili peppers and heat and then some cinnamon. vanilla, smooth bourbon and then more dark chocolate.
Christian (11703) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
CBC 2014. Black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of vanilla and oak, caramel and dried fruit. Very sweet flavour with licorice and chocolate, some oak and unpleasant green pepper notes. A touch of spicy heat in the finish
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted on 2/22/15 from a capped 750mL bottle, huge thanks to Drews for sharing. Pours completely, oily black with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to bubbly lace. The nose is very rich, with tons of Mexican hot chocolate, vanilla, really great molasses rum, a really nice dose of maple and brown sugar, and just a bit of tingling burn on my nostrils. The flavor is rich milk and dark chocolate up front, a bit less cinnamon than on the nose, but just enough, moving to more molasses rum, vanilla, brown sugar, and a nice hint of spicy chili pepper that has a nice burn from my throat to my belly. The body is very full and creamy with light, but just enough carbonation, and a very long oaky chocolate, cinnamon, and spicy finish. The spicy aspect of this beer is not my favorite thing, but the amazing depth of balance is undeniable.
RobertDale (4192) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and spice. Taste is roasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, pepper, and barrel. Incredible.
Zoret (137) - Badalona, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Espectacular Imperial Stout! Aromes i sabors de cafè, xocolata, avellanes, vainilla amb una oxidació molt ben conduida que li aporta una complexitat extra molt benvinguda. Densa, avellutada i escalfadora, en boca presenta un gust i retrogust llarguissims. Birrot!