zoucrew102 (831) - - MAR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, release #28. Strong roasted malt aroma with coffee, chocolate and some bourbon and vanilla. Pours black with a thin light brown head and no lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and chocolate flavors but with a thin body for an imperial stout. Finishes smooth with some vanilla and bourbon but roasted malt and coffee dominate the palate. Nice imperial stout, but not a lot of the characteristics of a bourbon stout.
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - MAR 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle from a # 39 vintage (11.7 % abv) into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of thick tan foam. The foam has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over a long time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Swirling the brew in the glass shows some thickness to the brew, with some fingers of beer clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly descending to the base of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with tons of roasted malt and some aromas of a sweeter caramel and some chocolate. Mingling with these aromas are some wonderful smells of a more woody nature as well as some bourbon boozy smells. While there is a sweetness in the nose it is rather light in comparison to the other aromas, with the overall smell having a very rich and dark smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a huge flavor of a roasted malt mixed with a big showing of the coffee that was present in the nose. There is a lighter sweetness upfront of a caramel and vanilla nature, which grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. All while the sweetness increases, the roasted malt flavors actually dwindle, but are replaced by more and more coffee. While smoother upfront, boozy flavors of a bourbon nature as well as a bit of wood come to the tongue, bringing a bit of a burn and a little bit of an astringency. While this is said these coffee and alcohol flavors balance nicely the sweet, and with more caramel and cocoa coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a massively rich and boozy, but very enjoyable flavor, to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – While still rather thick, the body of the beer is actually somewhat light for a beer of 11.7 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little thicker of a body may have been slightly better for the super rich dark, boozy, and sweet flavors of the brew. Although with that said, for the big coffee and bourbon boozy flavors of the beer, the feel was somewhat appropriate and made for a wonderfully easy-ish drinking brew (as at 11.7 % easy-ish is what you want… so…).
Overall – This is a fantastic brew with tons of flavor!! Deep and dark, but balanced by some nice sweetness. It is also bourbon boozy but still very drinkable. Along with this the beer has loads of delicious coffee. One amazingly flavorful and delicious brew!!
gam (3562) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beige head dark pour brown notes at first mild to medium carbonation aromas strong coffee bean dark chocolate liquorice cocoa smoothness rich fruits bourbon goodness vanilla caramel the flavours coffee bean caramel cocoa rich but smooth bourbon note dark chocolate liquorice raisin they join as one a beautiful flavour medium bitter taste the bean flavour so good fruits superb dried fruits stone fruit note resin taste the finish best aftertastes bourbon coffee bean malt sweetness hop tastes and bitter flavour very impressive imperial stout
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at WF, 12.1%?, dark black brown skim of tan foam roasty malt and raisins aroma, dense malty chocolate and earthy coffee flavor, nice finish
hoppopotomous (27) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is probably a top ten of all time stouts in my book..beautiful thick creamy khaki head..pours like used motor oil..smell is all the chocolate toffee roasted toasted notes you want..nice oak and bourbon notes..not to over powering..i also get a nice coconut hint..yumm...this is awsome stuff.
seehaferb23 (81) - - MAR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a well balanced beer with more people we had some mixed feelings but in the end it was a hit.
monk191 (1271) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great bourbon barreled beer. Pours a beautiful deep brown-black with a brown head. Smells great, bourbon and caramel and buttery cracker. Taste is very thick and Bourbon, with some vanilla and chocolate and more butteriness in the finish. Had on tap at Beer Craft.
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (70) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Release #37. Dark/brown almost black in color with slight ruby red hues around the rim of the glass. Beautiful oil like viscosity with only a few bubbles in the middle and spotty in nature lacing. Faint aroma of cocoa, bourbon, wood, and chocolate. Tastes of strong bittersweet chocolate, some burnt sugar, hints of oak and bourbon plus maybe coffee. Thick, creamy, and smooth on the palate with just a bit of bitterness and burn on the finish. I must say I found this to be one of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve had the chance to enjoy. Well done Epic!
tillmac62 (404) - 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 (6158) - 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.