lusikka (6434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. I’ve been waiting this for so long. Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, biscuit and coffee. Flavour of rich roasted malts, coffee, biscuit, dark chocolate, some mild spiciness, wood, smooth bourbon notes, salty licorice and complex earthiness.Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Barrel accompanies the flavour very nicely. Brilliant balance. It seems that this ages very well and it gets very smooth. It’ salty, it’s sweet, it’s roasty, it’s full of chocolate. Excellent balance. I’d love to taste this when it’s fresh as it’s probably very different. Brilliant stuff, I must say.
SirLimpsalot (2314) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ SBWF 2014: fantastisk brända toner. Trevlig smak av kaffe, choklad och chili. Mycket gott.
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olsvammel (3438) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty smell with dark chocolate and coffee. Similar taste with roasted malts. Very nice. Complex. Allot of flavour.
Nische (861) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a beige head. Thick, rich and creamy texture. Liquorice, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee aromas and taste. Perfectly balanced with a slight, warming alcohol finish. Just excellent.
keepersj12 (2742) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice indeed. Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is lovely with chocolate, sweet malt, a hint of licorice and caramel. The flavor is similar with everything coming together quite well.
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maneliquor (3206) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle cheers to Andrew and Beau. The nose on this is super complex. I was expecting bourbon over load but the cherry and wine tart focus in this is superb. Tarty dark chocolate and very woody stuff. The bourbon adds a vanilla element but that’s overshadowed by the dark cherries and mild tart throughout. Kind of tannin like. Liquorice is definitely in your face. Complexity is there but not quite the finesse of everything coming together. Still very good
Don_Hague (3) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is simply the best Imperial Stout I ever tasted. On tap at Deschutes tasting room after skiing or from bottle in BrewHouse. Also growler fill at GrowlerGuys, Bend, OR
WVHouseofBeer (868) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a big tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Wonderful aromas and flavors of licorice, cherry, chocolate, smoked nuts and just a hint of bourbon/alcohol. Full bodied and silky smooth. Awesome beer.
hawthorne00 (2510) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Black with a tan head that fades but laces very well. Intense roasted malt aroma with mocha, licorice, dark berries, molasses, oak. Oily, lowish carbonation, quite silky. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, roast is fairly heavy but not as full on as suggested by the smell. Berries have a touch of sourness about them. Bourbon notes peek out but beer is _just_ about driving the show, although the fruit and barrel treatments gain prominence after a while. Bitter and quite oaky at the end. A slow drinker but not overly boozy. Excellent - just lacks a bit of inviting softness and seems slightly contrived. But excellent. Best after today apparently, so mayhap there’s a timezone issue.
jeremyh70 (753) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours completely opaque black with a dark tan head good lacing. Aroma of cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, umami, nuts and an ashy roastiness. Taste of molasses, dark chocolate, cherry, leather, a nuttiness, oak, vanilla and an ashy char. Finishes dry with a roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is oily with a light/ medium body and low carbonation. An excellent stout with so much flavor.