DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Pitch black, small brown head. Smells chocolate, sweet, muffin.. Amazing. Tastes liquorice, sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, ash. Full body, silky, soft carbo.
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty well done. My major mistake was drinking this after an expedition stout, but it still holds up pretty well. Initial malt smell a tiny bit off like a few Ontario I-stouts I’ve had recently. The bourbon is pretty evident here, with some booze, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finishes all bourbon with some boozy sweetness. Pours black with good mocha head and lacing. Texture creamy and slick. Has a little spice in the end as well. 2013 bottle.
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth, but big and bold. Bourbon comes through but it is the huge choclate stout base that wins.
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nearly broke my glass this beer is damn dense poured it black as black then let it sit for about twenty min came back crawling with crazy smells of wood and bourbon, vanilla, roasty low carb slight bitter at first then i got into it and every sip gives you a different taste then you get the vanilla coffee maybe or dark choc. GOOOOOOOOOD BEEEEEEER
Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big chocolate and barrel, heat noticeable at the time. Hangs easily with other big imperial stouts.
trevor211 (1510) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2012. Pours black. Roasted malts, with a bit of rubber, and some molasses. Boozy, boozy, boozy. Slight honey / candi sugar counter, but this one is super hot -- nowhere near ready, and nowhere near worth the price. Needs some work.
Boutip (5468) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some woody notes and light vanilla with some medium dry roasted malt with light dry notes. Taste is a mix between some bourbon notes with some light vanilla and dry roasted malt with dry black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Not the most complex beer out there and not enough vanilla and woody notes to satisfy me but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Vanilla, wood, roast on the nose. Licorice and malt on the palate, wood on the finish (!). My friend (a newcomer to the style) said it’s what beer is like when stripped to its barest elements.
SudsMcDuff (7520) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, just got the last bit .. . pours deep black brown .. foam is alright .. . deep tar and charcoal .. . pretty tasty stuff, just wish i had a whole glass
.. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kae294_Uus8&feature = player_detailpage#t=376s
Gerbeer (2685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 650 ml bottle.
Original rating for 2012 vintage sampled Sept/12:
Pours black with very little head. Aromas of smoke and dark chocolate powder. Smoky light bourbon flavor with underlying dark chocolate and black coffee notes. Alcohol present but in keeping with the bourbon taste. Nice. Much better now that it’s aged for a bit.
Again for 2012 vintage sampled May/13 - Much richer though still hot. Additional toffee notes.
2015 vintage sampled Feb/15 (12.2%) - Pours black with slight tan head. Aromas of licorice, ash, roasted barley and alcohol. Flavors carry same with dark chocolate and light bourbon. Very hot. Probably the hottest to date - possibly overkill - but will need to cellar and see. 8/4/9/3/15