b3shine (6898) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a very slightly translucent dull black with bubbly tan lacing. Smells of dark malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon booziness and oxidation. Tastes like it smells with a smooth but warming medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Good beer.
fjb (33) - BRAZIL - AUG 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
excelent exemplar of bourbon barrel aging. complex, good alcohol, warmth. chocolate, cofee, nuts.
pressboxjoe (313) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. No head on pour for this pitch black beer but developed a ring being carried from room to room. Smell of ruined hops. Taste of licorice, molasses, prunes, raisins, cherries, chocolate.
superspak (3602) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2014. Pours dense pitch black color with no head and a thin ring of bubbles. Minimal lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark bread, fudge, raisin, prune, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark bread, fudge, raisin, prune, leather, soy sauce, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Good amount of roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark bread, fudge, raisin, prune, leather, soy sauce, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming lingering after the finish; but itís not boozy. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV and lacking carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate and roasted sweet aromas. Flavors are smooth, chocolate, oak, vanilla and toffee with a touch of bourbon.
Art (2410) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HOTB. Pours a dark brown black with no head. Aroma is vanilla, bacon?, smoke, cocoa powder, light dark fruits. Freakin awesome aroma. Taste is sweet with a slight bourbon heat. Thick mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth. Rivals BCBS.
jkwood04 (4869) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and oak and booze, some chocolate and vanilla and light coffee, plus some hints of dark fruits. Flavor the same with a lot of booze. Thick texture. An unique beer but not that enjoyable because of the booziness.
epeter85 (47) - - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with espresso creme like head. Aroma is coffee and whiskey. I am happy I chose this beer as my finisher. Taste explodes dark coffee, chocolate and coffee. I am warming up to stout beers, especially when they are balanced like this beer.
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DeanF (1911) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow, what the hell is with all the beers from this brewer? I think of the Michťlin 3-star restaurants and they donít even have a mťnu, you just sit down and they serve you and you pay them three-hundred dollars. So it makes me suspicious when a brewer is crazy about so many editions of their beer, seriously, I honestly hope for simplicity. This pours absolutely jet-black with a brownish head, a great imperial porter pour if I ever did seen one. The aroma is bright fusel alcohol, lots of barley and alcohol, hopes and dreams but sadly no reality on the back end to make you want to believe itís all four-real indeed in the drinking-scheme. The flavour is a lot of sweet malt, sweet barley, cherry flavour thanks to the high alcohol. A lot of major booze-ish barley mess that really isnít balanced, isnít where it should be. No nuance. Just a pile of over-alcoholized barley malt, and sure thatís okay but itís not a symphony, itís not a play put on by artists. And that, indeed, makes me sad.
Lutz2jm (205) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and easy to drink. On tap at wine 101 in wake forest nc. 2-14-14
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