GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2010 vintage, best after 11/15/11, trade with rfraga7 (thank you!), savoured on August 1 2014; eye: black, opaque, nice sheet of brown head that turns into a tiny ring, light lacing; nose: molasses, bourbon, woody, anise, light burnt barley, coffee, light alcohol; mouth: molasses, bourbon, woody, anise, light burnt barley, strong coffee, light alcohol, light alcohol warmth, light chocolate milk, finale in molasses with light pleasant acrid presence, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly acrid and lightly silky presence; overall: quite fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, 11 %, millésime 2010, meilleure après 11/15/11, échange avec rfraga7 (thank you!), savourée le 1er août 2014; œil : noire, opaque, belle couverture de mousse brune qui se transforme en un petit anneau, légère dentelle; nez : mélasse, bourbon, boisé, anis, léger orge brûlée, café, léger alcool; bouche : mélasse, bourbon, boisé, anis, léger orge brûlée, café fort, léger alcool, léger chaleur d’alcool, léger lait au chocolat, finale en mélasse avec légère présence d’âcreté plaisante, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement âcre et légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : très bon
swoopjones (5980) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, shared at Blue Monk. Fuller bodied black pour. dark chocolate, heavy roast, oak, bourbon notes. Black licorice. complex, delicious
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Beechner Blind Beer Bash. This one seemed to be a little more fruit forward than I was imagining it would be. Notes of cherry dominated the nose with a subtle chocolate background with some vanilla. Taste was just as fruity with a light stickiness and sweetness, but never evolved into much chocolate. Overall enjoyable, but something just seemed a bit too fruity.
M82 (296) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A smooth, dark khaki head falls to a resilient cap with several mounds of large bubbles over a black body with minuscule fiery amber highlights
Aromas bring to mind some of the negative components of aged american imperial stout with all the burly, sour dark notes I’ve grown to recognize from the style at this age. The molasses and cherry bark are holding the back end together to offer a sweet cream and chocolate finish, but this is generally bad. Citrus rind and charred solvents balanced by oak barrels on a creamy, silky smooth, coating medium plus body.
I held onto about 4oz of 2013 Boulevard Imperial Stout to compare the more blended versions of this barrel aged imperial stout tasting. Good lord, the Boulevard tastes like chocolate cherry whiskey compared to this $15 bomber of let down. One of the most overrated beers I’ve ever had.
The problem I have with all aged hoppy stouts is the intensely harsh, overly abrasive citrus bitterness moving directly into coffee and dark chocolate with almost no blending agent. This dynamic makes for poor flavor, bringing aromas of cow shit to mind (having grown up around a cow farm).
22oz bottle of 2012 reserve served at 58º and warming into an Orrefors Difference Porter snifter
JefVerstraete (1451) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle. Oily pitch black colour, dark brown foam. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts with sweet notes from chocolate and molasses. Very good but I was expecting more, maybe too old?
PriorL (1979) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles!
APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, smal unstable beige head.
NOSE: hoppy, light sour, fruity, chocolate.
TASTE: hoppy, chocolate, coffee, sweet, little sour.
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Part of a four year vertical. Big thanks to phatdog1 for putting this together!! For the sake of this review I am only reviewing the 2013. With a best after date of 08/16/14. Pitch black color with lasting mocha colored head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, and ash.
Flavor is really damn nice. Well hidden all goal under coffee, molasses, tobacco leaves and having a lingering licorice finish. After 3 oz. I also picked out a berry hint with oak. Oak is a light note as well as a light red wine hint. Body is creamy and full and what I look for in an imperial stout. Unreal stout that’s gets better with age, exceptional with a little bit of age. A year and half age is about peak. Fantastic
markextrae (1089) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared a 2012 bomber with 2 friends. poured dark black with a nice small mocha coloured head. a lot of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, fruits, hints of bourbon, licorice notice.
wow this is not your every day stout. very unique! what a complex taste, ton of roasted malts combined with dark chocolate, bitter espresso beans, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon tones, ash, tobacco, caramel, after the first powerfull layer you can taste the wine barrels at the aftertaste. full bodied creamy mouthfeel. with some warm hints of the alcohol.
very unique beer! loved it!
MoreCoffeePlease (13) - - JUL 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle (2013 reserve) with a best after date of 8/16/2014.
Appearance: Black and opaque with a tan head. Pours thick out of the bottle.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, oak, figs, raisins, tobacco and a little wine character.
Taste: Dark chocolate, silky vanilla, black coffee, sweet molasses, figs, some bourbon, licorice and a little smokiness.
Palate: Medium-full bodied, very smooth, light carbonation and finishes with dark chocolate.
Overall: Great imperial stout. The licorice and wine comes out as the beer warms and provides a character rare in other stouts. Fantastic beer all around.
mackRIS (22) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours jet black with some good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast, chocolate, licorice. Taste is sweet bitterness with chocolate, molasses, coffee, bourbon and oak flavor. Really enjoying 2013 abyss.