miyauchi38 (156) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage. Pours a dark black, minimal mocha colored head, minimal lacing. Aromas of rich malted cocoa, black licorice, dry oak and a slight amount of bourbon. Taste was very rich, but very balanced. Distinct flavors of licorice/anise, tobacco and leather that counterbalance a rather sticky body, loaded with molasses. Finishes nicely with a harmony of the barrels providing one final kick of oak and bourbon.
koleminer20 (541) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. 2011 variety. The pour is jet black with a thin film of dark mocha head that fades to a small ring and no lacing. The aroma is mostly roasted malt licorice with a light bourbon presence and minimal vanilla tendencies. The flavor is a touch boozy with a solid licorice and roasted malt base. There is again a little bit of vanilla and a light cocoa presence which helps. The mouth feel is a little light, but the carbonation helps a velvety complexion and lingeringly dry mouthfeel that is definitely a little bitter like a good stout should be.
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krumbum (500) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black with a little light head. Big fig leather and tobacco smells. Bitter woody big with some viscosity to it. Rich layered. Sip it slow, let it linger, Start cool but let it warm up Flavors grow and change. Amazing.
hockeybeerguy (1486) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I bought three bottles back in December of 2013. I cracked one open in February but forgot to mention anything about this back then.
Today, Iím having my second bottle that has a date of "best after 08/16/14."
I poured this into a snifter, here we go.
The appearance, well, it poured like motor oil and I even heard the "glub glub" sound as it strolls out of the bottle, (did I pour too fast, hmmm...most likely not?). The head is about a fingerís worth of off-white to a nice tan color that lasts for a good minute before dieing and leaving a super nice coating of tan lacing clinging very nicely to the glass.
The smell is an almost perfect aroma to any imperial stout anyone could ever want. It goes a little something like this: super nice oaky/woody vanilla, cherry, chocolate, molassess and licorice. There is a slight aftertaste and its kinda woody with a nice dose of lingering molasses and vanilla. The finish is quick, dry and sweet.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy. I sure did sip this. This is one not to gulp. Sessionability - ha, no way, man, one and done. ABV is felt. The carbonation is smooth and good for the style and for me.
Overall, American Double/Imperial Stout, wow, this practically defines it. Donít ever pass up on this if you ever see it. I will be sure to look out for this next December when it comes out.
jrodooo5 (915) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tremendous opaque black pour w/ a stunning mocha head that leaves 3 beautiful rings of lacing. The aroma is as advertised with a concoction of licorice, molasses, some of the bourbon flavors, & slightly boozy. The taste while complex & certainly rich, is just a tad bitter & harsh at the finish to be perfect. Donít get me wrong, this is one hell of a beer. Itís an imperial to umteenth degree & w/ so much going on, it all comes together nicely. Itís a must try even at $15 a pop!
RussianDragon (292) - - MAY 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle is vintage 2009. Pours a pitch black color with lasting coffee head and lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet toffee, bitter chocolate, and bourbon notes. Flavor is massive: bourbon, licorice, char and a dry finish. Wow. From notes 2/15/10.
Gerardgathier (266) - - MAY 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer, but rather thin for an imp stout
cmacklin (211) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with small brown head. Aroma is sweet, licorice, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is licorice, coffee, chocolate, with a bitter warming alcohol finish.
MarcoDL (1985) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid imperial stout. Has al the traits of the style, but doesnít trascend above the rest in my opinion.