corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 1470, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.
Complex aroma with the barrel character nicely integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the spirit presence is pretty mild with lots of oak, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee, toasted malt, oatmeal and coffee bean. Not overly roasted, however, with lots of chocolate sweetness and barrel. Smells like an oaky, bourbon filled chocolate dessert.
Medium bodied with a stronger barrel presence than the aroma suggests. There’s still a substantial malt backbone but it’s slightly overpowered by a strong dry, toasted oak presence. Similar to the aroma, the spirit is somewhat tame with lots of dry, earthy wood followed by very subtle marshmallow and coconut notes. I wish there was more of this and the spirits used in the blend but these elements are drowned out a bit by the wood. As it warms the boozy sweetness becomes a bit stronger and the malt backbone comes more to the forefront. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor balanced by chocolate dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, coffee bean and oats followed by toffee, caramel and fudge-y chocolate. Some boozy heat in the finish making this variation a bit tougher to drink. Still, it’s pretty easy for me to drink. I just wish it was a bit more complex and had more balance.
thewolf (11640) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet malts, tar, red wine, coffee, dark chocolate, port, oak. Low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has dark chocolate, port, sherry, light red wine, oak, vanilla aplenty, vinious. Quite dry and warming finish.
Homer321 (2974) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the rot box. Nose is moderate with dried raisin, fig, plum, some dark cocoa, moderate booze, vanilla, slightly hot. Deep black pour with a tan head. Minimal carbonation. Taste is a luscious decadent smooth chocolate covered cherry skin. Some light sherry notes but faint. Some light tobacco notes but very smooth and rounded. Pretty damn good and held up well.
RasmusOtt (1756) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared @ Bottle @ Ølkonsortiets sommerfest 2015. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of dried sweet fruits, vanilla, sweet red wine, weak tannin, honey, chocolate and wood. Taste is pretty oxidized with notes of plums, chocolate, dark sweet fruits, tannin, honey and vanilla. Nice!
tom10101 (4229) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting.
>>> One more tasty but hot and boozy barrel-aged Imperial Stout like so many others.
+ Surprisingly still bursting with coffee even after 4 years in bottle
+ Packed with a lot of flavors and while it’s not 100% cohesive, it’s definitely quite complex
+ Rich palate with a full body, a thick and oily mouthfeel that seems even thicker because of the low carbonation as well as a nice warming (borderline burning though) finish
− A bit hot and messy even after four years in bottle
− Nothing really stands out with this one, so it ends up being one more tasty but boozy RIS like a ton of others
Flavors: Coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, wood spiciness, caramel, alcohol, vanilla, red fruits (mild)
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nose has coffee, licorice, chocolate powder and lovely oak. Taste: samesies but with really dark fruits bordering on oxydiced sourness / vinous plum juice and keeps lingering on in the same way in the aftertaste. Love the nose! Tak Morten & Svend!
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ØlKonsortiet summer shananigans. Black with small beige head. Aroma is full of fattym buttery bourbon notes, creamy vanilla, tannins, lots of shiraz-like red wine fruitiness, bitter cocoa, lots of raisin and dark fruit notes and plenty of very mellow and delicious oxidation. Taste has awesome oak tannins on top of heavy bourbon notes, lots of oxidation (in a very good way), liquorice notes. Round, balanced and very complex. Has aged gracefully, although slightly flat and bland in the after taste. Very good!
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Outstanding Imperial Stout. Crafty malt features.
MOLA_DK (378) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Huge coffee, burnt aroma dark fruits, with a hint of booze. Very smooth, a little alcohol burn. Coffee, dark fruits, very complex.
mathieuc (2479) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a good black with a small beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, chocolate and green pepper. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt and lightly boozy. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and I thought it was a little hot. A good imperial stout but not a top tier-one.