berntholer (544) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
coffee coloured head that disappears quickly with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malts. taste of coffee, caramel with a bitter and slight sweet finish. quite dense mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. very well balanced, just gorgeous really. bottle 75 cl / bbf 11-2013
kbudd19 (252) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber 2012 vintage. Given the snowy abyss that has blanketed my entire city I thought it appropriate to open a bottle of this. First pour yields a thick three finger bathtub of chocolate head. Lots of molasses in the aroma, big kick of roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, some molasses, some subtle sweetness, a touch of something extra from the barrel treatment maybe. Awesome stuff.
merc7186 (1479) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full Vertical from 2006 to 2012 (except the infected 2009 bottle)
After drinking all of them, I liked the 2008 version the best.
A: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes No Light, Dark Brown Hue, Decent Lacing
S: Charred Oak, Coffee, Roasty
T: Coffee, Nutty, Charcoal, Mild Molasses
M: Decent Carbonation, Full Bodied, Nutty, Filling
Overall, it was awesome to get to do the entire vertical at once as see the nuances between the different vintages.
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle thanks to mikem409. Pours black with a very thin brown head. Aroma is very sweet; licorice, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, and a little oxidation. Taste is medium-heavy sweet, mild bitter. Strong licorice, with other flavors taking a back seat. Finish is bitter and just a tad alcoholic. Very smooth, medium-full body. Terrific beer, but I feel the 2 years of age took their toll. I’d love to try a fresh bottle.
Jasond612 (168) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11/9/13 bomber given to me in a trade. 2007 vintage. Shared with Doug and Luke up the poconos.
Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. I'm stuffy from a cold but the scents of chocolate and roasted malts are pushing through. Being that's it's an older vintage the booze is completely gone leaving behind a very smooth incredible chocolate flavor. This may be one of the best stouts I’ve had to date. It was like drinking chocolate milk. I’ve been waiting a while to open it and I’m glad I got to share it with family.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ontbeermaker (2155) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at aces and ales, pours a nice thick black, aroma is nice and roasty, taste is lots of roast, some coffee, and a nice coco in there as well, its a nice thick beer with lots of life, really tasty stuff
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. 2009 reserve, best after 11/1/2010. Very dark brown red color. Black, pretty much. Minimal, sort of bubbly off-white head. Bourbon, oak barrel nose. Some dark fruit, licorice, molasses. Some dark chocolate, coffee. Bigger body. smooth, sort of soft lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish, lightly sticky. Moderate bitter, moderate sweet. Lightly spicy, light alcohol warmth. Hint of tartness. Some dark roast. Little soy sauce. OK imperial stout, but I don’t think the amount of age is doing it any favors. Need to re-rate with a fresh example maybe.
Pyrmir (2425) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bomber bottle @sbwf13, vintage 2008. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, muscovado, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Taste is honey, dark syrup, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Long lasting finish with alcohol, chocolate and vanilla.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Um yeah, this is good. Budlight should study thus for drinkability. Aroma, color? who cares! This beer us good enough it defies descriptive adjectives.
hopwine (66) - - OCT 15, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 vintage. Big espresso, bitter and sweet chocolate tones, barrel influence is there, but not a dominant characteristic. Light cherry tartness and molasses flavors add a lot of depth. Really rounded and the booze is well hidden after a few years in the cellar. A bit more barrel influence would earn this one a perfect rating in my book, finger’s crossed for a 100% barrel aged version in the future!