loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel #2 (red wax): Deep brown, not really black at all, opaque, with a small tan head. First of all, the aroma and flavor reminded me of the 1992 Courage Russian Imperial Stout I had...weird how similar they are! The aroma had some nice plum, licorice, wood, soil, port wine, whiskey (?), and sourness. The flavor was very rich with earthy, wet wood, plums, dusty, sour tones. This is definitely one of the most unique stouts I’ve tried...almost like a Flemish sour ale. Medium thick feel...wet, coating finish. Very interesting...very good. Thanks Flipbrewer!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
07.10.05 Bottle, red wax, barrel #2. I think there’s a pic of Barry dealing with the seal on this thing and there’s still wax on my corkscrew. Dark, cola black; thin head but lasting. Aroma is old wine barrels, musty, lightly acetic, tons of alcohol. Molasses, vinous, crazy complexities, lots of sherry and burnt toast roasty. Concord grape and lactic. Sour.
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold Wax... Poured an opaque dark brown color with a small light tan head, that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, cherries, vanilla, roast and light chocolate. Roasted taste of light oak, port and a small alcohol burn. Velvety mouthfeel.
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Flipbrewer for this beer!!! Bottled barrel #2. To me this seems much more brown than the regular Drakes Imperial Stout. Very dark, but still brown. Foamy tan head on this bombshell! Aroma is a nice woody, port wine, dark ripened fruit, and hints of tobacco and molasses. Splash of coffee as well. Knockout stuff!!! WHOA! The taste is very much on the port side of things. Lots of wood, grapes, molasses, cocoa, and sour fruit. The body is a bit thin but is nicely tart. The alcohol warms you up nicely. Finish seems to lean more towards a Flemish Sour than an Imperial Stout. Well, maybe a cask aged Flemich Sour, but one nonetheless. A nice spin on a "typical" Impy Stout although the original is phenomenal!!! Thanks again Ernie!!!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gargantuan palate killer. big tannic acids and Fruit that starts and flows into a wood infused fruit driven malt monster. Vanilla and rasins with cherries raspberries and plums. just HUGE. Proving thast yes size does matter.
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blackish pour with a laced off-white head, filmy. Obviousport in the aroma, very raisiny, woody, cask-like. It hides a bit of the rest, but remains mostly pleasant. Mushroomy and herbal thyme-like sherry reminiscent oxidation traces are already obvious. Toasty, roasted bread flavors. Rather astringent. Very oxidized in mouth, mellow alcohol presence, old spoiled bread and burnt toasted contrast heavily. Full carbonation, medium bodied seem reduced by the short aging.. Original..
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle at RBSG 2005 post-Cider Tour Sunday Cquiroga is a Rock God Tasting. Black, opaque with a lasting creamy top, plenty of lace, looks compelling...lots of wine, raisins, figs, chocolate, licorice and alcohol in the all-over-the-place nose, messy but enjoyable...body though is a bit too boozy and grapy, with lactic sourness at the end really knocking it down a bunch. Too bad.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Post-Cidery Impromptu Hotel Room Tasting
Dark stout color, tan head, light lacing. Nose of bright bourbon, salty, soy. The flavor is unbalanced, a bit uncool and way overdone with bourbon. Maybe I’m sensitive to it but this isn’t my thing.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Batch #2 Red Wax, tasted side by side under same conditions as the basic 2003 version: Nearly opaque with frothy beige head that lasts and as very good lace. The aroma has noticeable notes of port (winey, grapes, wood), tart cherry, caramel malts, espresso, grassy hops, light spice, and twangy yeast esters. Nose becomes more defined as it’s warming. Twangy and fruity port influenced beer. Almost like someone added a Kriek to my Imperial Stout! Not as sweet therefore as the basic version. The finish is smoky and espresso like bitter, very dry and woody as well. The feel is oily and sharp, almost biting on the sides, salty? Alcohol is slightly detectable in this version, but hardly powerful. I preferred the basic version to this. Unique but the grape characteristics seem to dominate the malts too much. This could and should improve with aging. Thanks a million Joe for the bottles.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Musty, woody, dusty, chocolate, vinous aroma with strong alcohol. Opaque brown body with decent tan head that recedes to cover with some lace. Grapey, roasty, soy, salt flavour with strong, sour, vinous alcohol. Medium body with low carbonation. Bottle sampled at the RBSG’05 hotel room tasting.