Sask89 (398) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy mocha head. Aroma of black licorice, molasses, some chocolate, slight coffee scents, alcohol undertones and oaky bourbon notes. Taste is mildly sweet throughout and not overly bitter, but incredibly dry and quite rich. Creamy thick mouth feel, full bodied with good carbonation. Overall it is, without question, one of the best and strongest imperial stouts I’ve ever had.
Bmansly (4) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of roast barley and booze, with raisin and sweet coffee. Dark and black about anything you can find with some reddish reflection in bright lights but not much else. Rolls on the palate with the nose and is lighter in body than one might expect, layer upon buttery layer of the deepest, darkest date, raisin, coffee, bitter chocolate, some residual bittering as well but hsrd to say malt or hop. No explicit hop. Mid taste alcohol but resolves itself back to smooth heavy roast. Very good, perhaps a bit too much booze for my palate.
Jool (164) - - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 22 oz. Vintage 2010. Noire opaque, mousse brune. Nez de mélasse. Bouche visqueuse commençant par de la mélasse mais allant rapidement vers la torréfaction et la barrique de chêne. Pas mal.
WillRunForBeer (357) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From my first trade ever (with ygtbsm94), thanks Brad! 2009 vintage. Bomber. Pours dark brown with a fine medium brown head. Scent is bourbon, molasses, vanilla. Full mouth with dark malt, molasses, licorice, coffee, ash, and a touch of vanilla sweetness in the finish.
Salmoniform (198) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 poured from tap to glass. Jet black with thick creamy brown head. Aroma of strong roasted malt, molasses, plums, caramel, coffee, sugars, vanilla, rich tobacco. Mouthfeel is beautiful with a full body and nice carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a really nice astringent bitterness to round out the finish. Smooth bitterness lingers which is reminiscent of cold brewed coffee. Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic brew and I really look forward to seeing how this year’s vintage is with some age.
radarsock (757) - Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark, semi-sweet black licorice-forward imperial stout with which was soothingly herbal, heavy, and chocolatey; tiniest hints of oak, topsoil, and burnt fudge peaking through. Delicately warming. Molasses cookies and espresso beans experienced by swallow. Fun.
ajnepple (1463) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared with a friend. Black appearance with a big, lasting brown head and thick lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, anise, licorice, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate and earthy, bitter hops. Similar flavor, rich, malty, robust and complex with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and a touch of vinous fruit. Full body with a thick mouth feel and a lingering finish. Fuckin awesome beer.
rgfellow (100) - - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber at Dad’s. Pours solid black with rich chocolate head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, and roast, with little barrel. Rich chocolate, smoky malts, coffee, some bourbon and too much licorice for my taste. Mouthfeel is thick. Looking forward to tasting it again in a year.
kdm1984 (586) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My beer store finally has this legendary impy! Clerk recommended I buy one for now and age the other, so I did. My one-for-now: aroma of deep roasted choc with bourbon and hints of fruit, molasses, and licorice. Taste follows suit. Explosion of flavors in the mouth. Dark chocolate with super bitterness and booze and fruit and goodness knows what else. Reminds me a little of Expedition, but I think this might be even better. Would be neat to blind taste test someday.
dannykugler (2) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap great fresh. In the bottle best aged at least one year, two or more years better. A top notch offering.