rangerred (859) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #10. Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours inky black with just a small dark tan head that fades to a ring around the side of the glass. Pretty decent lacing considering the abv.
Coffee is quite prominent in the aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malt that seems slightly burnt. There is vanilla and just the slightest hint of whiskey buried way in the background.
The coffee carries big time into the flavor mixed nicely with cocoa creating almost a mocha character. Lots and lots of heavily roasted malt that borders on being a bit acrid and charred. There is still just a little bourbon in the background that I wish was a little more prominent. Nice vanilla and caramel touches too. The alcohol is well hidden with just a slight warmth in the back of the throat with a creamy and just slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a very tasty imperial stout but one that is not quite Earth-shattering. I don’t know if I would go out of my way to pick this up but if you do come across it, it is worth drinking.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad via an IP trade big thanks to _Angst_, 08/04/14.
Black with a moderate tan covering.
Nose is big spice, bitter roasted blast, peppery, light smoke, nice coffee bean waftings, chocolate, vanilla essence.
Taste comprises a big coffee hit, spice, faint green pepper, dark chocolate, espresso, light booze, subtle bourbon BA twang.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, light roasty tones and subtle booze in the close.
Super solid coffee BA impy.
madmitch76 (13343) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad.Batch #7. Thanks to Colin. Opaque black - brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is soft and airy. Light fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts with light oaky sweetness. Earthy coffee and a touch of vanilla. Mild tangy dark fruits underneath. Whisper of toffee before a smooth dry finish. Nice one.
Scopey (5506) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. Batch #7. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, dark chocolate, soy sauce, vanilla, umami, wood and dirt. The taste is earth, roasty, toast, soy sauce, dark chocolate, tar, charred wood, alcohol head, treacle and earth with a dry, earthy finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Ho hum imply stout.
pcstuck (60) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a tulip. Very dark with a large coffee/tan head. Aroma is coffee bourbon and vanilla. Did not get much bourbon or chocolate. Mouthfeel is very thin with low carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bitter malts and a slight char/barrel finish. The bourbon is well hidden and this is very well balanced. Glad I gave this a shot.
IrishBoy (3751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Lee’s Discount Liquors - E. Flamingo Las Vegas. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lightly smoky, and pecans. Black with a medium, lightly lacing cinnamon tan head. flavor is lots of vanilla, expresso, chocolate, a tiny hint of bourbon in the background, and a light dark chocolatey bitterness in the finish. Not near as much bourbon as I expected but tons of vanillin. Nicely balanced and very flavorful.
kbudd19 (391) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Release #5. Thick black viscous pour, nice tan head, yup its rather dark looking. Aroma, lots and lots coffee, roasted malts, some subtle sweetness, a bit nutty. Taste, thick mouthfeel, lots of coffee up front, but it settles down quick, towards the middle some chocolate sweetness a bit or roasted malts, some oak and some slight char from the barrel treatment, very well balanced,this is my kind of beer, love coffee, love imperial stouts...love this.
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours motor oil black and has a nose of whiskey and charred barrel. Flavor is like chewing on a chunk of charcoal that has been soaked in high proof whiskey. It has the mouthfeel of a porcupine as it burns and bristles its way down the gullet, finishing in a dark fruit and soy stickiness. Too much for me, but I can appreciate the craftsmanship.
flatmatt (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Pours black with a very light tan head. Coffee! aroma. Overwhelming coffee flavor mixed with some bitter cocoa. It’s decent, just too much coffee.
joshwoodward (484) - - MAR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a glass on tap as part of a flight at Ashley’s. Wow, remarkably balanced for such a massive beer. Delicious, tons of coffee flavor, good refreshing bite with very little booze.
Benzai (6388) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber @ home. Stunning appearance: opaque pitch black color, full sized creamy medium to dark brown head that lasts for a decent while and leaves good lacing. Aroma has malts, lightly dark malts, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, bourbon and slightly liquor. Taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, light to moderately cocoa, superbly bitter, bourbon in the back but always there, and a superb roasty bitterness with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Medium to full body, oily texture, perfect carbonation. Wow this is class. Absolutely superb beer. Oh boy am I gonna enjoy this bottle. Damn!