bchifley (5) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great stout but recent versions have lacked some robustness for my taste. Get it if you can however.
bigtaster (892) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle into wine glass. Black large brown head. Intense malted barley, chocolate, blueberry. Sweet, medium bitterness, dry finish. Huge body, nice.
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Molasses and cherry notes on a rich imperial stout. Lots of alcohol on the palate, long finish, some coffee and licorice.
wombat23 (378) - Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 22 oz. bottle. 2015 edition. Bottle states ’Best after 12/08/2016’. Couldn’t wait that long; wanted to try this. Pours like oil and is almost black with a thick, creamy brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Tons of flavor. Taste is bourbon, oak, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and has hints of licorice and vanilla. Maybe faint vinous notes as well. Thick, full-bodied and extremely rich. This is made for slow sipping. My only complaint is that there might be a little too much bourbon flavor, but it’s not nearly as strong as some of the other barrel-aged stuff out there. Looking forward to aging this. Fantastic!
darbeer75 (316) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: chocolatey, malty and boozy; Appearance: inky black with very dark tan head that dissipates very slowly; thick lacing that sticks; Taste: huge mouthful of chocolate, malt while balanced with bourbon and some hops; extremely complex and layered taste that changes with time; Palate: viscous, oily, heavy as lead; Overall: amazing. my favorite imperial stout yet.
truebluehes (196) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle... Thick black pour with beige head. So much thick goodness going on. Slight cherry raisiny awesomeness covered in oak-aged malty goodness.
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aleigator (675) - GERMANY - MAR 14, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The abyss ’14, consumed on 12.03.16
Pours a pitch black color with a surprisingly big, spongy head.
Does smell of an earth entangled grape ripeness, which does not turn sour by any means as for a balancing, subtle integrated oak quality. A fantastic, multilayered chocolate aroma slowly evolves from scorched malts, leading to a restrained, yet enjoyable Bourbon spiciness, adding to the chocolate richness of the nose. A flowery wood bark note completes the utmost originally and well composed aromas, which get pleasantly dominated by the wine barrel and matured hops.
Drinks with a world class mouthfeel to it, due to a huge amount of whipped cream, effectivly blending into soothing chocolate. While its carbonation is certainly on the lower end, it is still able to add a subtle, bubbly refreshment during the finish.
Tastes of chocolate dipped cherries, evolving to an even fruitier stage in which juicy, matured grapes become visible, which get wrapped up by a pungent blend of burned malts and bitter chocolate. A divine creaminess caresses the tongue while oak, licorice and burned wood bark get recognizable, tied together by a subtle wine tartness, which also produces a nice sweeter quality, enhanced by caramel and rock sugar. Cocoa nibs and matured, grassy hops provide a surprisingly aggressive hop punch during the finish, immediately soothed by the rich creaminess, while molasses, oak and milk chocolate are able to cut through.
Wow, this is certainly one of the most complex beers I’ve ever had, which may be due to its rich chocolate maltiness, which only gets carefully accentuated by the different barrels instead of getting dominated by them. This allows to unfold a decadent, rich creaminess, shining for its very silk mouthfeel, which finds it antagonist in dry, scorched earthen malts.
gyllenbock (7166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Green Dragon in Portland. Black with a minimal tan head. Nicely balanced with roasted malt, bourbon, oak and some vanilla. Also notes of chocolate. A nice one.
katrinaez (1086) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick boozy molasses aroma. Deep black color. Taste has grassy and floral notes but dark sour fruit that’s over ripe. Burnt coffee and vanilla. Very good. Nice palate for how high this abv is. Tap
DandyWolfFloyd (991) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - big roast, alcohol, molasses, and qualities of dark fruit
Appearance - the body is black. The head is fallow brown and well over 2+", and settles very slowly. Subsequent pours result in varying coloration of the head. Very cool. Alcohol cloying pulls beautiful brown suds.
Taste - rich dark roast, black strap molasses, licorice, marshmallow, oak, alcohol, vanilla, and a hint of dark cherry.
Palate - full body, texture is thick and slick, the carbonation is average, the finish is full of astringent dark dry roast and some alcohol that fires from both barrels.