ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The khaki-colored head, while short at less than a finger high, has pretty decent retention and good creaminess. Minimal lacing is left behind.
S: Wow, this smells great. The first whiffs bring a ton of chocolate, only to develop stronger notes of bourbon, cream, and vanilla when allowed to open up. When it opens up even further, it gains a touch of dark fruits, along with some banana. I donít even miss the low oak presence, because this has a fantastic and complex dessert-y aroma.
T: Okay, NOW the oak is coming through strongly on the opening flavors. This is ridiculously bourbon-forward, almost to the point of excess. The first few sips really lack balance, but it becomes more harmonious as it warms up. Some pleasant chocolate and vanilla characteristics develop near the finish, before the alcohol bite envelop said finish strongly. On the plus side, the booze helps to give this some palpable nuance between its roast, chocolate, cream, and vanilla flavors. I wish it was slightly sweeter (to cover the alcohol better), but thanks to its complexity, I am warming up to this the more I sip.
M: It has a pair of characteristics I like in an imperial stout: itís initially creamy, yet dries nicely on the finish. I also like how the barrels didnít overly thin the body out. There is a harsh tannic bite post-swallow that could be cut down some, though. Carbonation is slightly high for the style, which means itís still rather low.
O: If the rest of the beer had lived up to the aroma, it could have been a local, readily available Parabola killer. Still, there is more than a passing resemblance to the Firestone Walker stalwart - it brings both the bourbon and the stout nicely, itís complex, but itís also rather abrasive. Honestly, in a blind taste test, Iíd have trouble telling the two apart. Iíd definitely buy another bottle of this to age a year.
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by Kinz at the 21st Richmond Gathering, 11/1/14. Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, roast, honey, mild booze. The taste is roast, chocolate, citrus, stone fruits. Medium bodied, mildly hot.
hfmejias (784) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark, deep brown, nice, foamy tan head, lots of spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of malts, wood, bourbon, some coffee and chocolate. Taste of bourbon, malts, combined with some dark fruit notes, some vanilla and chocolate notes, it is quite boozy and it does has a sticky finish; however it is super enjoyable.
Dr_Fellini (501) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is boozy, bourbon, vanilla. Big flavor with a lingering sweet vanilla and bourbon. Definitely the best thing Iíve had from duclaw.
Countbeer (4676) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks jdb288: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Black beer with a small (light) brown colored beer.
Aroma is liquorice, spice, rose(hip), hints of red fruit, wood, roast, some chocolate, hint of coffee and bread.
Flavours of liquorice, bitters, mocha, some plums and prunes, roast, light bourbon, light alcohol burn, rye, some dark chocolate, liquor, hint wood...
Aftertaste is liquorice, wood, malts, light roast and liquor tones.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel and a full body.
Bourbon fades pretty quick and anstrange Imperial Stout is what is left...
Maverick34 (2338) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a dark opaque with head. Coffee mocha etc. Not so much vanilla but a bit. Pretty good.
duganc (15) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some specifics: In. barrel 19/03/13, out of barrel 23/09/13, barrel 07 of 15. Iím a fan of the big n oily imperial stouts. This just about get there. The best ever experienced was from a local brew pub, followed by Old Rasputin. This is somewhere in 3-4th place. Nose has malt sweetness and roasted notes. Taste is well balanced with the sweet malt, chocolaty(sp) coffee astringent and a hint of Ivory soap (in a good way). The alcohol washes away the inky stick that would make it the best for me.Do I wish I bought a case of this - Absolutely!
obguthr (4025) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Walnut aroma, good strength. Opaque black, thin tan head. Walnut flavor. Medium body, alcohol noticeable, kind of tangy.
HopTsing (441) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle pored a very dark heavy brew with a dark brown head. Powerful flavors of malt, cocoa, toasted coconut and mild hops.
Travlr (13029) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque brown color. Aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Taste has vanilla, brandy, bourbon, butterscotch. Nice.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Richmond 21st, Slight charred wood aroma. Flavor matches, a note of chocolate, unique in the tangy burnt note. Nice.