77ships (3266) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx. to tderoeck / Tim for this one. 65 cl. beautiful bottle – snow aged – lovely white wax. A beauty to behold, 2011 vintage. Pours very dark brown / black with a mocha head. Smell is booze, sweet mocha, creamy with lots of bourbon, very heavy, vanilla, sweet wood, milk chocolate, touch molasses,… Taste is very heavy on bourbon sweet, lots of barrel, this is very heavily aged, almost as if to mask the base beer which is not really available unless if I am mistaken, caramel, sweetness, toffee, sugar, milk chocolate, liquorice, touch molasses, base feels almost a bit thin for an RIS but it is very heavily aged. Creamy body. Glad to try one of these.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sugary sweet molasses nose. Taste is grossly sweet, lots if molasses and brown sugar, light chocolate. Astringent finish. Not good.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
White wax, bottle #1510, vintage 2011, shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque brown-black body, thin coffee & cream head. Spicy nose with oak, less buttery rum than some of the other vintages, but sharper, with honey, chocolate, and coffee bean. Spicy body, distinctive and sharp, with chocolate, coffee, oak, and licorice/anise, finishing with a nice buttery oak finish. Very good, perhaps my favorite vintage.
sonnycheeba (2955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is scotch, dark chocolate, roasted malt, woody notes, dark fruit, and some earthy notes. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with scotch undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark sepia, ghost for a head.. Thin cream ring. Marshmallow nose, dirty nose is mud, like when I fell on the wet soccer field after getting nut-blasted in ’01. Anise too. Flavor is heavy burnt milk chocolate, earth, toasted marshmallow in the finish, equally as disappointing as limping off the field holding my junk being asked by coach "did it hit you in the balls or the shaft?"
ReggieDunlap (2897) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has mild booze and whiskey...toasted coconut and faint vanilla. Flavor has toasted coconut followed by bold roasty coffee, burnt caramel, and vanilla notes...tasty. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is brown sugar/whiskey/coffee...warming.
RobertDale (2849) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood. Very good.
joeneugs (2780) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a dark cola brown with a tan/orangy head. The aroma is an intense bourbon blast with alcohol, vanilla, caramel, raisins, plums and chocolate. Not as much roasted malt and more fruit forward. The flavor was a tiny bit of a letdown compared to the awesome aroma. It had delicious notes of bourbon, vanilla and some sweet caramel with hints of dark fruitness but it was a bit overly sweet lacking a second level of depth. Lots of sugary cola. There is a bit of roasted malt in the finish but not enough for my liking. The body is not as big as some stouts but very oily on the palate. Overall, this was a great beer. I loved the massive bourbon flavors, but the beer itself lacked the complexity of a world class imperial stout.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a dark brown and tan head leavig sticky lacing. The aroma is Oak vanilla and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt with vanilla and oak and nice sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A very good Imperial stout from 50/50.
PhillyCraft (2763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle with Sean and Pat on NYE. Poured a dark silky black color with small to medium beige head. Head faded rather fast but left an awesome trail of sticky lacing. Aromas of bourbon, coconut, figs, honey, dark fruits including berries, plum, and cherry. Other rich notes of malt and roasted chocolate. Taste was filled with smooth bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, blackberry, molasses, oak, and a touch of coconut. Great aged stout to usher in the new year.