Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dense coal-black with a thin, wispy, mocha head on top. The nose is rich and sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, chocolate, charred toast. Really nice. With a beer this big, I like a bit of depth in the feel. This one delivers. Heavy full-mouth with ample carbonation to back it up. Rich, velvety feel with an easy finish. Thereís so much going on in this beer, itís hard to stay focused. The vanilla makes a showing, but it is fleeting at best. The sweetness instead comes from the semi-sweet chocolate and toffee character. With such a small percentage of this seeing the bourbon barrels, Iím not surprised that that is downplayed as well. Mild spiciness on the back end, and a slight tart kick to finish this one out. Fantastic beer. One I was glad to trade for, and one I will hunt down again.
AirForceHops (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Part of a four year vertical. Big thanks to phatdog1 for putting this together!! For the sake of this review I am only reviewing the 2013. With a best after date of 08/16/14. Pitch black color with lasting mocha colored head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, and ash.
Flavor is really damn nice. Well hidden all goal under coffee, molasses, tobacco leaves and having a lingering licorice finish. After 3 oz. I also picked out a berry hint with oak. Oak is a light note as well as a light red wine hint. Body is creamy and full and what I look for in an imperial stout. Unreal stout thatís gets better with age, exceptional with a little bit of age. A year and half age is about peak. Fantastic
Howlader (677) - - JUL 12, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 version - Served in a 4oz taster at Churchkey in Washington DC. SAVOR 2012 takeover event.
markextrae (878) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared a 2012 bomber with 2 friends. poured dark black with a nice small mocha coloured head. a lot of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, fruits, hints of bourbon, licorice notice.
wow this is not your every day stout. very unique! what a complex taste, ton of roasted malts combined with dark chocolate, bitter espresso beans, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon tones, ash, tobacco, caramel, after the first powerfull layer you can taste the wine barrels at the aftertaste. full bodied creamy mouthfeel. with some warm hints of the alcohol.
very unique beer! loved it!
MoreCoffeePlease (13) - - JUL 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle (2013 reserve) with a best after date of 8/16/2014.
Appearance: Black and opaque with a tan head. Pours thick out of the bottle.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, licorice, oak, figs, raisins, tobacco and a little wine character.
Taste: Dark chocolate, silky vanilla, black coffee, sweet molasses, figs, some bourbon, licorice and a little smokiness.
Palate: Medium-full bodied, very smooth, light carbonation and finishes with dark chocolate.
Overall: Great imperial stout. The licorice and wine comes out as the beer warms and provides a character rare in other stouts. Fantastic beer all around.
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours jet black with some good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast, chocolate, licorice. Taste is sweet bitterness with chocolate, molasses, coffee, bourbon and oak flavor. Really enjoying 2013 abyss.
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and smoked meat. Amazing huge flavor: chocolate, quite roasty with a hint of smoke. Super smooth. Absolutely fantastic.
kevnic2008 (7575) - 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 (5592) - 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 (588) - 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 (785) - 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.