JulienHuxley (4460) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle @ HF afterparty. Pitch black, some brown head. Aroma is classic imperial stout, lots of rich maltiness reminiscent of molasses and licorice with a strong but not overdone bourbon aroma. The bourbon comes out strong in the taste with vanilla and oak notes, sweet molasses flavour as well. A little attenuated. Good barrel aged IS, but not outstanding, the brandy was much better.
decaturstevo (5543) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with hints of red not much head or lace. Large coffee aroma. Large chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. Full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin body with a white head. Dark malty tones, light rye and bourbon, quite a bit sweet and somewhat boozy. Light burnt malt, rye, and a hint of licorice. Pretty good.
argo0 (12460) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, thanks kmweaver. Small brown head, cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, rye, roast, molasses. Taste is moderately sweet, rye, cocoa, some roast, light alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 Sweet chocolate nose, lots of molasses, some light rye. Taste is massively sweet, very boozy, lots of chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Very warm finish. Unbalanced sweetness.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with tan head that does not last long. Aroma is vanilla, fig, prune, bittersweet chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a bourbon component in the middle along with a touch of coffee. Finish is long with a touch of rye spice. Very nice.
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black pour with a nice full head, some decent lacing...The aroma is strong, lots of bourbon, vanilla, roasty...The taste is good, bourbon and chocolate, very creamy. Roasty again, not bitter but a touch of alcohol...I had this side by side with the Elijah Craig at a recent tasting and I actually liked this better, the EC was really burnt.
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 2009 Heaven Hill Rye, thanks whoever sent me this all those months ago.
It is what it is, a boozy, sweet monster of vanilla, chocolate, oak, slight rye spiciness, anise. Don’t pick up much coffee or roasted malt bitterness. I like it a lot.
Apparently this was my 50th Imperial Stout rating. How appropriate.
Fred82 (2119) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011. Heaven Hill Rye version.
Appearance : Pitch black.
Aroma : Vinous with notes of rye and wood. Liquoreux with roasted malt. Nice notes of vanilla.
Taste : Molasses and liquorice. Quite woody and alcoholic. Quite warm on the finish. A bit vinous. Rather sweet.
Overall : Great sipper. Nice sweetness. Great wood. A bit too boozy maybe.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekendpours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild peat, smoke, coffee and moldy wood. Flavor is cocoa nibs, rye, roasted malts and coffee.