Banksiz (90) - 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.
TheJester (2507) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Biiig. Complex. Dark. So much going on, and it doesnít get muddled at all. Roast, mocha, licorice, maraschino cherries, vanilla, molasses. Outstanding.
lownote (513) - Austin, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alcohol aroma. Strong red winy. . Pours black with a tan head. Taste is very sweet. Some roast bitterness balances, but it lingers in not a good way. Itís just way sweet at first and way bitter after. Itís not bad, but Iím not getting a lot besides the slight stone fruit flavor which is disappointing
AndyW68 (1430) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black pour with tan head and Aroma of sweet roast malt. Taste is dry roast chocolate malt. Very creamy and bitter finish.
BruceHartford3 (14) - - APR 14, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2015 Reserve. Delicious. Full bodied. Pretty much what you would expect. Not hot. Good smokiness. Tight bite in the back.
markducommun (881) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque black brown, quite deep brown, ample head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, light coffee. Light tang, some bitterness, some sweetness. Very complex, very long quite dry finish. Medium heavy body, fairly syrupy. Very good.
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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 (898) - 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 (1633) - 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 (619) - 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 íBest after 12/08/2016í. Couldnít 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 itís not nearly as strong as some of the other barrel-aged stuff out there. Looking forward to aging this. Fantastic!