PotjeBier (1940) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 2013 edition (11%), from an IP trade with Richiesd, thanks ! Pours a pitch black color, oily. Brown head, short retention. Aroma’s: bourbon, booze/alcohol, chocolate. Retronasal even more chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet, lots of chocolate, alcohol. Medium bodied. Long finish, boozy, roasty. The regular Plead was nice, but this is much better.
Steve_0 (3268) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at GABF 2014. Pour is viscous/oily black with a frothy brown head and sticky lacing. Big chocolate, roasty, heavy bourbon, coconut, brown sugar, toffee, brownies, and vanilla in the aroma. Taste is espresso, brownie batter, coconut, toffee, some wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, and toasted malt. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Extremely rich caramel chocolate cake. Delicious!
DocJitsu (1182) - Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a rich red-brown-tan colored head. The head falls way too quickly. Otherwise, I could’ve stared at it for a long time and be pleased. Oak, light bourbon, sweet vanilla, dark caramel, and coconut aromas. Viscous and chewy. Some alcohol warmth comes through. The aromas are noted in the flavors they blend so smoothly and remarkably. A masterpiece of a beer.
BiiruBierBeer (500) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is bourbon, chocolate, and slight alcohol. Taste is the same. Light to medium carbonation with medium body.
BroSpud (1825) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle with 11% ABV printed on label. Pours dark black with a creamy tan head. Oily thick mouthfeel. Lots of flavors going on with this one which change as it warms. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffe, licorice, cherry, bourbon. Very complex. Great impy.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
vintage 2012. aroma: loads of toffee and bourbon-soaked oak, milk chocolate, swirling at the end with vanilla and english leathers. hops have faded considerably, but leave a suggestion of pine in the background. appearance: pitch black with dark brown head that disappeared with quicksilver-like alacrity. very noticeable auburn hue around the edge. pretty boy, this one. taste: baker’s chocolate, sweet dark fruits (raisins, dates), bitter and earthy, fruity coffees, light soy sauce and sweet vanilla with an astoundingly robust and deep soy finish. the soy comes in and kind of cleanses the palate of the intensely sweet dark fruits. outstanding. palate: medium bodied, slick, flat carbonation. long and satisfying finish. man, wish i had another one...going to have to hit up the trade system.
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours an oily black out of the bronze waxed bottle with only the faintest brown ring for a head. Big warming alcohol nose with lots of dark fruit and dying campfire notes. This is a big, rich, alcoholic bourbon barrel enhanced imperial stout. Great oily mouthfeel,dark caramel, toffee and malt sweetness, chocolate and coffee flavors, with dried fruit and a long alcohol and hop burn in the finish. Very nice use of barrel aging in this one.
McNeillR (1632) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, nice tan wee ringed head. Dank farm sack and soft sweet bourbon. Rich nutty milk choc disappears quickly, oily and soft bitter roast. Neat milky dark malt and soft chewy sweetness adds all to a bright mouthfeel. Finishes similar, smooth fatty bourbon and a rumble of raking dark malt.
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BenH (2890) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks Craig! Black with tan head. Nice aroma, vanilla bourbon, chocolate and ash. Taste of licorice, vanilla, chocolate and ash. Sweet amd bitter
cgarvieuk (16795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ...dark malts .... soft chocolate ... dark roast malts ... big bourbon nose ... dark sweet toffee chocolate malt roast ... soft sweet malts .. soft toffee roast ... soft smooth roast ... nice juicy fruits roast