markwise (4276) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Ethan for opening this one for your friendís birthday. Very nice to finally try this. Pours a dark, ominous, opaque black with a dark tan head. Nose is bourbon first and foremost followed by chocolate, espresso, oak, vanilla, and booze. Flavor has roast mixed in with the layers of bourbon, espresso, vanilla, bourbon/ whiskey, and wood. This is a bit boozy, but many nuanced layers of chocolate, coffee, roast, wood, and whiskey churn over themselves and emerge randomly like a room wallpapered by Willy Wonka. A cornucopia of imperial stout flavors in a silky mouthfeel and a bit bourbon/ boozy on the palate.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle with a big thanks to GodOfThunder, thanks dude! Pours an inky pitch black with a minimal dark brown head. Aroma is big on the barrel, with heavy roast, some espresso and char. Flavor follows the nose with more barrel, sticky, sweet and roast. This one was interesting but just a little too far over the edge.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml, yellow-waxed bottle, crushed as beer #2 of the imperial stout countdown to rating #1000, courtesy of smith4498. thanks so much, jason! damn am i glad to be drinking this one...bottled opened with just a whisper and pours a rich, silky jet black into my CCB snifter with the only trace of carbonation being a ring of dark, mocha bubbles around the edges that leave rusty, oily sheets of lace. aroma is stunning with huge notes of fudge brownies, cacao chocolate, and rich, roasted espresso balanced by heavy bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit notes of prune and raisin with the elegant notes of apple brandy, molasses, and sweet port coming to the forefront as it warms. flavor is nothing short of sublime, complex, and elegant as hell with huge roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, and charred wood up front backed by a masterful melange of rich oaked bourbon and sweet, fruity brandy with subtle notes of black cherry, vanilla, pralines, and ash on the back end. palate is silky smooth and finishes rich, roasty and dry with just a trace of carbonation but who the hell needs it when the beer is this damn good. overall, what can i say? CCB does it again with another world class imperial stout.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle acquired in a trade. rate from notes. pours a pitch black color and a small brown head. a swirl in the glass coats it in a brown film that holds on to form legs. smell is rich of bourbon oak and mild brandy, roasty char vanilla and carmel. Taste is rich roasty malt, choco, vanilla, oak bourbon with a bit of alcohol. mild coffee like flavor. lots of barrel richness. super full body with low carbonation and smooth feel. very drinkable and very enjoyable
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours out of the bottle like thick soy suace, totally black- no head. Smells intense and awesome- boozy, woody, vanilla, brown sugar, deep and rich milk chocolate, bourbon. Taste is equally complex- cream, milk chocolate, sweet cherry, orange, roast ,coffee with milk and sugar, chalk, the minerally part of ash. Delicious, Very little carbonation but Iím not missing it much.
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@RBWG-750-thanks to Boltz7555/JasonĖpours a brown bubbly head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is dark fruit-prune, dark malt-roasty. Taste is dark fruit-prune, dark malt-roasty/ashy/chocolate, wood.
jredmond (5016) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2011 Bottle split with Linh. Pours a jet black, soy sauce syrupy body with no head or lacing. Aroma is ridiculously absurd - notes of dark, dark chocolate, deep espresso, sweet brandy, oak, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick with notes of sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel, creamy vanilla, brandy, bourbon, oak, molasses (and Iím told blackstrap molasses has incredible nutritional value!) - one of the greatest stouts and brews Iíve ever had. Totally took me by surprise.
anders37 (15493) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ PapsÝ. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a thick woody chocolate and licorice aroma with hints from the barrel. Thick roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of bourbon. Has a thick roasted malty chocolate, licorice and bourbon finish.
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@RBWG--thanks. Black color/ tan head. Chocolate, dry wood, booze, dark roast aromas. Full bodied with soft co2. Nice chocolate, wood, booze, deep roast malty flavors--good.
peteinSD (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flat pour with slight bubbles on the surface. Aroma is an awesome combination of brandy and bourbon with light roasted malt, chocolate, leather, underlying sweet malt/raisin, and a fairly dry finish with a subtle, lingering alcohol tinge. Taste is sweet brandy/bourbon up front followed by a dry roasted chocolate malt before returning to a light alcohol tinge. I pick-up on the dry roast character from the original zhukov and the absence of carbonation does not hurt the beer. Very good rich sipping beer that exceeded expectations. I could have easily drank another bottle.