Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deschutes The Abyss. It pours out a deep black hue permeated with the aroma of chocolate malts, molasses, oaks, and brown sugar and some vanilla. The flavor is a revision of the aromas but more complex. The bitterness is the first flavor that gets you as well as the oaks and the malts. The sweetness from the molasses comes through afterwards and in the finish. The 11% abv isnít very upfront. It lies dormant within the brew to provide a slightly warming as it goes down. Very nice beer. Bitter and sweetness in perfect unison.
jc1762 (788) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 reserve poured into a wineglass showing pitch black and no head.
The nose shows a big mix of all the elements - the oak, the wine, roasted malts, and chocolate.
The palate is surprisingly light bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavors of light cherries, roasted malts, molasses, and subtle vanilla. Big dark burnt espresso bitterness on the end. Complex but slightly unharmonious; needs more time to age and settle.
wrlangin (153) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle from Blackwell's Beer Run. Fantastic aromas of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavour is bold and matches. Definitely one to savour.
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rubyroo (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2016 2015 vintage. Aroma- Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, licorice root, Mexican vanilla, wood chips Appearance- Inky black, completely opaque when held to the light. Half finger of brown foam. Taste- Dark chocolate, cherry wood, coffee, light vanilla, coffee crisp chocolate bar, pic price root. Palate- Thick and creamy, slightly acrid in a pleasant way. Average carbonation. Overall- Fantastic imperial stout, hard to believe itís as strong as it is. The alcohol comes through only in warm finish. Impressive.
Emeister84 (2084) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage on tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of charred, raisiny cherry, oak, soft vanilla, some cacao. Black with a fairly lasting cream-colored head. Dry, woodsy, some herbaceous flavors, almost minty, licorice, chocolate-covered raisins. Full bodied, sticky, lingering flavors of dried fruit, raw cacao, and heavy roast.
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at original gravity, San Jose. Complex imperial stout; bourbon is smooth and subtle. Excellent beer.
MrTipple (3586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, overripe, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toasted malts, sweet chocolate and coffee. Black, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. Intense, dark, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, dry cacao, sweet, dark roast coffee, light alcohol, bitter and warm finish. Beautiful Imperial Stout, immensely complex aroma and palate, nice bourbon flavours. Keg at Map Room, Chicago.
GlasgowTAD (1353) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Neil. Pours pitch black with a medium brown head which recedes to a lacing. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, oak, raisins. Taste is raisins, vanilla sweet, oak, bourbon, slight tartness, a lot of wood, sugar sweet.
Rootsman (7) - - AUG 1, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 31, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are oak, molasses, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malts, and vanilla.
emusche (198) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. 22 oz bomber split with Marc and JoJo at CC. Pours black, nice tan, clingy head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, Bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, wood, roast, slight char, mellow coffee notes. Taste is a fantastic potpourri of bittersweet chocolate, treacle, anise, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and espresso. Mouthfeel is rich and full; thick without being chewy, smooth. Absolutely fantastic.
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