fidelis83 (2000) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, bottle say best after04.16.2014, which I didn’t notice until I opened it, oh well. Near black pour with a 1 finger, soapy orange-tan head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is full of dark fruit, chocolate, some coffee, a decent bit of oaky and grainy bourbon, roast, dark toffee, roasted nuts and some berry notes. Flavor is loaded with dates, rum and chocolate up front, then comes in some coffee, oaky, grainy bourbon, toffee, light, tart berry notes and some nice, chocolate, roast and light resinous hops to the finish. Medium to heavy body, with a creamy, entry, leading to a slightly dry, chewy finish with a light, though slightly sharp carbonation. Pretty awesome stuff overall, lots of intense roasty malt, bourbon and sweet dark fruit stuff going on, but that little hint of tartness really sort of wakes up the taste buds after a few sips and keeps this big beer from being too palate fatiguing. I will definitely try to grab a bottle and try it after it’s "Best After" date. Interesting and delicious.
SlovakSniper (3284) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meilleure après le 06.10.14. Profondément ténébreuse. Mousse beige riche qui génère une dentelle bien épaisse. Vibrante barrique, petits fruits foncés, légère acidité, chocolat, mélasse, cuir, tabac, figues (ou autre chose qui partage les mêmes molécules) et raisins parfument avec impérialisme mes narines qui sont bien heureuses. En bouche, un bourbon qui prend une ampleur boisée et plutôt aigre : mais est-ce ici l’évolution du travail des fruits? Ceci dit, la concoction reste bien maltée, riche en chocolat, fruitée par sa mélasse et amère par ses céréales bien travaillées. En bouche, un corps des plus costauds avec un pétillement plutôt faible et une texture huileuse. En finale, une avancée des fruits aigres avec une touche de lactose(?) et de bourbon boisé à travers la poussée de sucres résiduels plutôt raisonnables ou raisonnés.
suprchunk (2319) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruit with vanilla. Fruity as well. Sour notes in the mouth with a pleasant chocolate and vanilla in the back.
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a very dark brown with medium frothy tan head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong cocoa, dark fruits, currants. Medium mouth, nice roast, dark chocolate, cocoa, lingering dryness. Very good
markextrae (1233) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle in a trade, shared with a friend. poured a dark brown black colour with a nice mocha head. chocolate, oak, vanilla, liqorice, figs, bourbon, sweet red fruits, figs covered in chocolate, caramel, pretty complex mouthfeel. only "bad" part is that there is a small unpleasant finish in the back in the aftertaste, maybe of some used fruit. earth, but really delicious!
snoworsummer (2332) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Slaters 50/50. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head and lots of lacing. Tastes like raisin, prunes, dark fruit, malt, and alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisin, earthy, boozy.
Marheb (2267) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une explosion étouffée de petits fruits rouge cause des dommages collatéraux chocolatés. Des tannins délicats se joignent à l’amertume pour donner une sécheresse contrastant la décadence du corps. Buvabilité ana’’corps’’nique.
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, best after 6/10/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, oak, light smoke, light nuttiness, roast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, oak, light smoke, light nuttiness, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, toffee, dark bread, raisin, fig, date, molasses, tobacco, leather, light smoke/nuttiness, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Barrel aged blended imperial porter! All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle.
Aroma is fairly chocolate forward with a balanced roast note in the background. Nice berry and cherry character with some prunes, raisins and figs as well. Some light oak and bourbon notes with medium light alcohol spice. Hints of anise.
Pours black with a bit of dark brown highlights on the edges and a medium sized, moderately thick, dark tan head with average retention. Medium light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is slightly sweet with moderate chocolate and light roast character. Quite a bit of berry and dark fruit character including cherries, currants, figs, prunes and plums. The fruitiness adds a bit of sweetness mid palate. Some more light roast notes with light tobacco and leather. Moderate bitterness with light oak and medium light bourbon. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a bit of a slick, oily character and medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a really nice imperial porter with a ton of chocolate character and nice nice dark fruit and berry notes. Nice complexity with light bourbon and oak notes.
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Heavy malt notes of toasted, dark chocolate and mild coffee, light herbs and earth for the hops and yeast, with dark dried fruits, wood, vanilla and milk. Head is small, wispy, tan with no lacing but good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown yet still clear. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. Great tasting and nice feeling Strong Porter.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"I’ve really liked past incarnations of this brew, but like abyss, thought the tweaks they’ve started to make were not for the better. This year, though, i was excited that they upped the bourbon barreling to 50% of the blend. I was simultaneously worried about the addition of more fruit, especially the black currants (12.5% of the blend, slighltly soured too I read somewhere)...and I was right to be. The extra bourbon is completely covered up by the fruit and the tartness clashes with instead of compliments the decadence of the base beer and the bourbon. Not that it doesn’t work some. It’s delicious, but it’s also my least favorite BB Anniversary blend since they started bottling these 5 years ago."