juiceisloose (1096) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 22oz bomber, bottle #204, courtesy hopscotch. This one pours a very dark mahogany colored body with virtually no head or lace to speak of. It looks very viscous and oily in the glass with a smooth glassy surface. The aroma is nice and shows a good amount of dark chocolate roast up front to go with some toasted caramel sweetness and soft vanilla laden oak. Notes from the brandy barrel in the back suggest boozy dark fruits like figs and dates.The flavor follows and shows a nice balance between the dark chocolate roast, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and oaky vanilla. There is a nice drying yeast the keeps the profile from getting overly sweet. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth with a nice drying character to keep the sugars at bay and hide the alcohol perfectly. The finish is long and roasty with the chocolate and fruits in the background. There is no trace of heat at all from the alcohol or the barrel influence. The barrel use was mild, but added plenty of depth to the flavor profile. Really solid barrel aged imperial stout.
ansalon (1830) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, brandy, muscovado sugar. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, muscovado sugar and brandy. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a medium body.
kryon (1884) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark low off white head
Aromas of orange chocolate, coffee, green fruits
Taste nice creamy of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate
Ktwse (2798) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, chocolate, brandy barrels. Taste is sweet, dark fruit and port, light boozy lingering finish. Rich, creamy body with soft carbonation.
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle at Apex. Aroma is chocolate, brandy, dates, hint of oak. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, hint of booze on the finish. Taste is date, caramel, brandy, oak, booze. Surprisingly hot after 4 years.
PartyFowle (625) - - APR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage, opened 2014. Purple-black in color, not overly muddy. One finger of tan froth. Sweet and fruity nose. Prunes, mostly, though milk chocolate and vanilla beans appear as well. Smooth flavor. Chocolate and dark fruits blend, with moderate bitterness finishing things up. Age has helped the blend but has muted the flavors a bit. Very low CO2 in an oily medium-full body. Overall: good not great. A smooth, easy drink for how big it is, though.
kazin (255) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared during a tasting with friends. Great deal of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some brandy barrel notes.
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thicker coffee black with a small creamy beige head. Aroma is light vanilla and big sweet barrel without complex roasted malts. Flavor is so my better bringing big chocolatey and sweet coffee malts so smooth on the palate! The chocolate settles so nicely on the tongue with vanilla and spice.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle. Black, small tan head. Big and sweet, barrel adds very little. Some harsh alcohol in the finish.
slowrunner77 (7078) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wasn’t sure I’d like this one, but it worked pretty dang well. added sweetness and complexity with the brandy/chocolate combo unique and tasty.
markextrae (2120) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared 2011 bomber bottle. poured a deep black colour with a nice bigger tanned mocha head. chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, oak, sweet apples, red fruits. lot of the brandy barrel in the taste. nice fruity and vanilla finish. nice full bodied mouthfeel