bastarda (413) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kindly shared by bartlebier@impuritylaw’s bachelor’s farewell tasting, thanks a lot! This 6 year old work of art offers a taste experience that lives up to its well-chosen name. For sure, aging has added to this three-dimensional impression. Molasses and sweet licorice descend into burnt toast deepening into layers and layers of bitter chocolate getting fruitier and more and more wine-like, with sherry and port notes towards the finish.
sebastokrator (56) - - JUN 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 batch. Pours a dark, inky black with a brown head. Smells of oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and maybe some licorice. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, cherry, followed by wood and bourbon. A very complex flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Well balanced. Abyss was my first big beer and it still holds up.
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2008 version. Very boozy. Extremely rich and complex.Surprised the whisk is still so strong.
AgentAle (1493) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is molasses, caramel, toffee, coaco and coffee beans , vanilla and roasted malts. Taste is richly toasted malts, vanilla, toffee, espresso, caramel and coffee bean hinted by vanilla. Light tartiness on the finish. Appearance is black with a dark brown head that retains quite well. Complex and delicious.
GC1379 (20) - - JUN 8, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Snifter at WoB Fort Worth - pours dark black - slight head - dissipated quickly - smells fantastic - taste coffee molasses licorice - all the rumors on this beer are true.
RLiddell (112) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up in Austin, TX. Pours an opaque black with minimal brown head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and anise. Taste follows with a heavy licorice forward flavor followed by toasty malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Outstanding stout!
Bif (2003) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 Edition on tap at Shamrocks. Poured a virtual black color with a nice thick head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt and bit of chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of molasses and chocolate. Nominal bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly fully body, smooth with a rich texture and subtle touch of alcohol. Very enjoyable and well worth the journey.
shoulderbroken (3658) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Imazato. Great stuff, booze, bit of treacle, light spice. Hints of dark fruit. Bit of smoke. Boozy, bourbon. Very enjoyable.
stantheman (892) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby, BC. A very dark and inky looking brew with minimal carbonation and a very heavily roasted nose, through which I detect a hint of whisky and vanilla. The taste is evocative of chocolate, coffee, licorice, whisky, and yes, vanilla. No hop detected. I attribute the slight bitterness to the heavily roasted malts. The mouth feel is oily. Yes! 4.1
Banksiz (89) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2013 edition. The nose is treacle at first and then gives way to raisins, dates and a bit of smokiness. Taste and moth fee are wonderful. A bitter, but not harsh, backbone with a moderate sweetness, all wrapped up in a creamy body. Slight alcoholic warmth as it goes down, and a satisfying creamy-bitter finish. Wonderful.