JStax (3234) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a dark brown with a light beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of dark fruits, fig, raisin, and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits predominantly. Big body with a lower to medium carbonation.
Brentv (398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Black pour with off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Moderately sweet with noted balancing bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Rich and smooth and very nice.
gkeh (243) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Bomber at The Hay Merchant, Houston. Aroma was that of cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, some dark fruits. Appearance is silky black with a minimal tan khaki head, although it wasn?t poured hard at all. Taste is cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon. The bourbon was not strong, which is quite alright with me, and is probably d/t it being 2+ years old. Very creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation, just fantastic. Overall this is a great imperial porter. I was sad to see it go.
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is jet black with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit smoky with notes of chocolate, licorice, and spice. Flavor is similar to the aroma but a bit sweeter with a hint of citrus, vanilla, and molasses.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I’m no Seville or Pasilla expert, but I know what Chilis and Oranges taste like, so hopefully that qualifies me to taste this....
A: Pours a dark, nearly black ale with a single finger of latte head which falls over a couple minutes to a thick sheet of the same. Rings of lacing. Clarity cannot be assessed.
S: Chocolate and roasted malts make the introduction. Quickly followed up by some coffee notes, chili sharpness and some alcohol burn. Getting only the slightest hint of orange citric nose here - it’s sweet in nature. The bourbon barrels are second fiddle here, but evident and actually meld with the chili’s well. Really complex, primary issue is in the prominence of the alcohol, and the subtlety of the orange, but nonetheless really nice.
T: Toasty, bitter and alcoholic. The alcohol is a bit a fuego at this point. The orange is more evident, but I think is what tastes bitter at this point as well. The beer has plenty of cocoa here, and it is dry and borders on a coffee-esque profile. The chili is nearly gone at this point for me - some of the vegetal flavors remain, but no heat (except from the ETOH). Bourbon is sweet and adds a hint of vanilla flavor. I don’t believe the flavor is where it could be - I do believe this will get better with time in the bottle.
M: A bit thin for the profile and adjuncts. The beer is medium in body, and rolls over the tongue quickly with low to prickly carbonation. The finish is watering, but I wish it was more viscous so as to allow me to ’chew’ on the resonance.
O: The beer has a ton of potential, I’m uncertain the oranges were necessary, and the chili choice may have been too passive for the bold flavors of the beer itself. However, the bourbon is well played here, and the beer is of high quality. I believe the "best after" date on this bottle is something to heed seriously. Although I’m an advocate for releasing beer when it’s ready to be had, I can also respect a beer that says: best after, indicating to me a review will be merited a year from now to see how well they predicted the progress. In the meantime, this is a great beer, with room for growth; if it grows much further, this will develop a profile reminiscent of Hunahpu’s (albeit different, the nose is similar, but a little less intense).
Serving type: bottle
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fermentoren - I brought. Clear dark red/brown - offehite head. Nice malty. Sweet notes. Coconut. Fruity. Light orange. Nice mellow bourbon. Lovely smooth. Red berrie notes. Ok wooden.
stevoj (2324) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and chocolaty (semi sweet dark chocolate, that is), black with tiny beige head on tap at Payette’s Black Friday event. Lingering sweetness somewhat masks the the roast grain backbone of this beauty, slick and smooth with a slight afterglow. Perfect for a chilly evening.
VsXsV (2451) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to _angst_! Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, grain, bread, vanilla, wood, bourbon and coffee. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of coffee, chocolate, bread, wood and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.
_angst_ (3041) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark blackish brown with a frothy and slightly bubbly dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, orange zest, vanilla fudge, peppery wood, coffee, biscuits, alcohol and moist soil. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter, tiny sour and tiny fruity with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, orange zest, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, toffee, bourbon , biscuits and caramel. Mouthfeel is round, tiny roasted astringent, tiny creamy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with roasted malts, orange zest, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, biscuits and hints of bourbon.
rlgk (11453) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Roasted ash aroma, chilli, soot, fruity, caramel, raisins, floral, citrus, licorice. Malty roasted flavor, nutty, caramel, nutcreme, caramel, spicy notes, raisins, toffee, floral notes. Roasted chocolate finish with cocoa and raisins.