michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, with a medium brown, dense head, and an relatively light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, hop bitterness. Unfortunately I do not get much in the way of barrel, wood, or bourbon notes out of this. They may be there, but this is a busy beer and it is hard to pick out a lot of distinct flavors. Has a slightly more aggressive or harsh edge than I would prefer. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly velvety. This is a pretty nice beer; I would prefer something a little smoother with some more distinct flavor notes coming out. Still, an interesting beer, and I would think that it could get much more interesting with a few years in the cellar. Not really one I would need to try again without some age on it.
Mrnoluv (81) - long beach, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
That smell is incredible coffee, chocolate, sweet, almost like a hint of mint, the look and pour is 10-40 motor oil, not a watery stout it’s milky in feel, you taste a note of sweet, coffee, chocolate, then a bitter kick after the swallow that lingers on the palate....the ABV is almost un-noticeable. One of the best beers I’ve had all year!
wildbeercat (258) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml/22floz bottle into a tulip glass; served cool.
Aroma: SUPER chocolate-y. Reminds me of brownies. Some mocha/espresso notes. Choco bomb!
Appearance: Pitch black, opaque body. Dark brown, foamy head that dissipates to a thin cap.
Taste: Bittersweet chocolate. Molasses too. Not a lot of flavor you’d expect from the aging. Maybe a little bit of oak and vanilla. Great stuff though!
Palate: Very full body. Slick. Some light effervescence. Moderate-long warm, bittersweet finish.
Overall: Pretty great stout! Not what I was expecting, with all the flavors listed. It’s like a hardcore version of Black Butte kind of. Really nice though!
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2012, Best after 01NOV13
From the bottle: "brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, with cherry bark and vanilla added with 6% aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% aged in oak barrels, and 11% aged in oak wine barrels"
Near black ale with a sheet of tan foam that creeps up the sides. Smells of oak, too much oak, smoke, some licorice, some molasses and a bit of hops (never had this experience in this beer previously). A resiny, bitter character on the nose. Flavor is alcohol, oak, bitter, licorice, toasted malts. I really, really want this to be better, but this is simply the worst iteration I’ve had. Full bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I am concerned the prestigious heritage of this beer is faltering. While this is far from the best vintage, this is still a nice beer, and I’m happy to have a couple cases in the cellar, I probably wouldn’t have done that had I known about the deviation.
Vintage 2011, Best by 04AUG12
4/4/4.5/4.5/4- 4.28 on 29NOV11
A: pours a dark, dark ale with nearly two fingers of really dark chocolate foam. This falls to a thick sheet of the same only dissipating once the beer sits for nearly an hour. Cobweb lace when foam present.
S: The bourbon barrel is present (surprising given the low percentage aged), some more oak, molasses, vanilla (subtle). The wood is quite strong when cold, as it warms the cocoa, coffee, molasses and bourbon come through much better.
T: The beer is roasted! Lots of toasty oats, oak, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla. Super refined tannins. Good bitterness to it. The vanilla is there alongside american oak. Black coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
M: Burly body with lower carb. Nice, long, sticky finish with semi dry resonance.
O: This beer is good, but I don’t know how many I will be picking up this year for the cellar. I’ve found through some recent tastings, that I may prefer this beer fresh. All the better! Makes me long for it in the off-season!
Serving type: bottle
Professormalt (9) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt caramel, deep roasted malt and licorice. Slightly boozy and then the molasses. Perfection in brewing, beats the cr*p out of any BCBS this year.
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Wordsworth (119) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pour at Whip In. Pours pitch black with a thin, dark khaki head. The lacing is large and soapy, covering the entirety of the inner glass. Mild carbonation. Aromas of malt, coffee, licorice, molasses, faint oak. Full bodied with a great palate. Licorice and a mild bourbon sweetness before a long, bitter malty finish. Creamy mouthfeel that offers a sweeter flavor after several swigs, more licorice and malt as the bitterness fades. The bourbon is present but reserved. Awesome beer.
vadie (375) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 2012. Noir sombre avec une petite mousse marron foncé qui reste jusqu’au fin. Au début, l’arôme est comme les cerise enrobé en chocolat noir avec un peu de réglisse. Je peu aussi détecté un peu de molasse et chocolat. Quand il se réchauffe l’arôme originale reste, mais il devient un peu plus terreux, un peu du bois. Pas fumé, mais très terreux. Le goût est d’abord du chocolat, cerise, molasse et réglisse. La finale est une amertume très bien équilibré avec un après goût de réglisse et chocolat noir/cerise. Très, très bonne.
chefmacedo (2) - BRAZIL - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beer ever.
This is the god of imperial stout.
If you see this beer in your market you have to buy, everything is perfect on it.
When you drink, first you feel the dark malt and later you feel a flavor of licor, that is incredible
Brentv (78) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap from the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland. On nitro. Another on CO2. Ahhh. This is one interesting beer. It came black as night with a slight head, but the lacing on the glass was huge and adhered to the glass until finished. Aroma of chocolate and molasses and licorice. Flavors similar, but this is where it was more interesting. At first, the roasted and dark chocolate flavors dominated, followed by a significant bitterness at the back of the tongue - not overpowering, just very nice but definitely there. Full flavors. Toward the end of the glass, the flavor profile seemed to be more sweet than at first, but still with the constant bitterness not quite in the background. Very very nice. Bourbon flavors were present but not overpowering. A well-balanced masterpiece of a beer. I’d sure like to find a bottle and bring it home to age for another year, but am happy to settle for a glass or two with a friend at the pub, seated in front of the fireplace. This was worth the drive, and I’ll do it again not too far in the future.
Masterkush7 (117) - - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medium sweet, caramel, notes of alcohol, wood, oak, hops and quite bitter.
Zeswaft (1315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at naked city. At first a bit overwhelming. Smoke, coffee, bitterness, alcohol, soy sauce. Once you adjust this is delicious. Super rich coffee notes and dark chocolate. Reminds me of Expedition stout.