kevnic2008 (8246) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks for this bottle to kappldav123. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, an array of barrel tones, sweet and smooth.
jonas (5720) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 version, sampled at Brau 2012.
Dark and milk chocolate, fig, light orangepeel aroma.
Black hole, low brown head
Smoky dark roast, choc, orangepeel, demera sweetness
Full and sticky.
alliance100 (721) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle = 2012 vintage - pours black with dark mocha head. Strong aromas of vanilla , bourbon, licorice , molasses, figs, raisins, just a lot going on here. The taste gets even more complex, all of the above with some added sweetness , exactly as advertised ... molasses and licorice. Very complex brew... I will enjoy every ounce of it .
TheJvd (902) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has quite some dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste has chocolate, quite some coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, some licorice and a medium bitter finish. Over medium body and medium carbo. Nice stuff.
miyauchi38 (281) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (225) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage. Pours a dark black, minimal mocha colored head, minimal lacing. Aromas of rich malted cocoa, black licorice, dry oak and a slight amount of bourbon. Taste was very rich, but very balanced. Distinct flavors of licorice/anise, tobacco and leather that counterbalance a rather sticky body, loaded with molasses. Finishes nicely with a harmony of the barrels providing one final kick of oak and bourbon.
koleminer20 (632) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. 2011 variety. The pour is jet black with a thin film of dark mocha head that fades to a small ring and no lacing. The aroma is mostly roasted malt licorice with a light bourbon presence and minimal vanilla tendencies. The flavor is a touch boozy with a solid licorice and roasted malt base. There is again a little bit of vanilla and a light cocoa presence which helps. The mouth feel is a little light, but the carbonation helps a velvety complexion and lingeringly dry mouthfeel that is definitely a little bitter like a good stout should be.
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krumbum (522) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black with a little light head. Big fig leather and tobacco smells. Bitter woody big with some viscosity to it. Rich layered. Sip it slow, let it linger, Start cool but let it warm up Flavors grow and change. Amazing.
nakedwhendrunk (2202) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I bought three bottles back in December of 2013. I cracked one open in February but forgot to mention anything about this back then.
Today, Iím having my second bottle that has a date of "best after 08/16/14."
I poured this into a snifter, here we go.
The appearance, well, it poured like motor oil and I even heard the "glub glub" sound as it strolls out of the bottle, (did I pour too fast, hmmm...most likely not?). The head is about a fingerís worth of off-white to a nice tan color that lasts for a good minute before dieing and leaving a super nice coating of tan lacing clinging very nicely to the glass.
The smell is an almost perfect aroma to any imperial stout anyone could ever want. It goes a little something like this: super nice oaky/woody vanilla, cherry, chocolate, molassess and licorice. There is a slight aftertaste and its kinda woody with a nice dose of lingering molasses and vanilla. The finish is quick, dry and sweet.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy. I sure did sip this. This is one not to gulp. Sessionability - ha, no way, man, one and done. ABV is felt. The carbonation is smooth and good for the style and for me.
Overall, American Double/Imperial Stout, wow, this practically defines it. Donít ever pass up on this if you ever see it. I will be sure to look out for this next December when it comes out.
jrodooo5 (1038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tremendous opaque black pour w/ a stunning mocha head that leaves 3 beautiful rings of lacing. The aroma is as advertised with a concoction of licorice, molasses, some of the bourbon flavors, & slightly boozy. The taste while complex & certainly rich, is just a tad bitter & harsh at the finish to be perfect. Donít get me wrong, this is one hell of a beer. Itís an imperial to umteenth degree & w/ so much going on, it all comes together nicely. Itís a must try even at $15 a pop!