tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release 45, 10.9%. Pours pitch black. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.
Rich complex nose of coffee, chocolate, roast and a bit of vanilla. As it warms, bourbon is quite noticeable.
Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, richly complex and balanced to perfection. Simply, it is a brewer’s masterpiece. It begins with a semi sweet chocolate over a mild coffee background. The middle produces a subtle bitterness comprised of dark chocolate, roast and coffee over a sweet background with rich malt notes. As the middle fades, coffee achieves its most prominent flavor aspect over declining chocolate notes and an ascending bourbon background. As the finish begins, vanilla and oak notes make a short appearance. The finish is a slow fade of coffee and roast bitterness over a rich sweetness that is both malt and chocolate in nature. The only trace of alcohol is the nice light burn at the back of the throat.
tderoeck (8210) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
14/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, release #32 (2015-225) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!
Clear brown beer, small creamy irregular off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, alcohol, cocoa powder, some caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: lots of alcohol, very boozy, grains, coffee, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: more coffee, caramel, malty, very boozy. Alcohol is very noticeable, bit off putting.
sturmthis (1122) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Black with one finger off white head. Coffee and dark fruit aroma. Cocoa, coffee and dark fruit taste. Really good beer.
normalbeerguy (9) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- release #19. Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a hint of whiskey. Very coffee forward, followed by more coffee/espresso and chocolate, with the whiskey coming in at the tail end. Thick mouth feel with a slight waxiness left after swallowing. Good beer but a touch less coffee might let more of the whiskey/oak flavors through and it would be phenomenal. Perhaps a couple more years in the cellar will tone the coffee down and round it out more.
X (172) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release #22. Very spicy aromatics, lots of well roasted coffee and other roasty goodness. Flavor is likewise dominated by spicy coffee with a touch of sweet syrups. Righteous stuff brother, amen.
spatenfan (61) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is Coffee and dark grains. There is a very faint smell of bourbon . Appearance is jet black.
Wow! This beer is amazing, smooth as silk. The coffee taste is there but not overdone and not bitter. The cocoa nibs are detectable and are the icing on the cake. Delicious!
gmph22 (6) - - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bomber. Only lacking quality is palate, not as full as some of the classic BA RIS beers out there. But try finding one of those for $6.50. Overall great beer at surprisingly good price
78samh (256) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle pours dark, deep oily black with a little head. Toasty, roasted coffee, cocoa, boozy and oak. Good burn at the end. Great barrel aged impy stout!
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Benzai! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Black, little mocha. Huge roast in the nose, grounded espresso beans, lots of coffee, chocolate, light malt. Taste is huge coffee, espresso beans, bitter chocolate, faintly herbal, grainy chocolate, malt, lgith sweetness.Grounded coffee + RIS body. Quite lovely.
salvaticas (601) - - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at hop cat. Very intense coffee aroma. Intensely strong flavor but light finish. Extremely complex but not overwhelming
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