Welley_Alves (220) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelente Imperial Stout barrel-aged! Cor escura, licorosa, com pouca formação de espuma. Aroma de café, chocolate amargo, tabaco, bourbon, baunilha. Complexo. Na boca, desce aveludada, repetindo as notas do aroma. Final longo, com álcool aquecedor, bem inserido. Excelente breja!
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itsamber (25) - - AUG 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013. Nose is vanilla, prune, tobacco, oak, black strap molasses. Flavor is prune, oak, small amount of cacao, oat. Off dry. Very rich and creamy.
Mark_Eck (771) - - AUG 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla.
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased Julio’s Liquor in 2012. Aroma is just elegant. Sweet subtle bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, bourbon vanilla and dark fruit. Makes me want to chug this beautiful beast.
Flavor is up with some of the best Imperial stouts I have ever had. Should I spew the countless flavors I taste here? Bourbon is a light smooth undertone throughout the sip. Toasted oak upfront with vanilla, light sugar, caramel and lingering mellow roasted chocolate malts. Absolutely smooth and aged to near perfection. Hot damn, nice way to celebrate my #3000 rating. Shared with three friends.
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle, aged two yrs. Pours dark with a khaki colored foam head. The aroma is of sweet toasted malts, burnt carmel, mild sweet bourbon booze scents, soft oak aroma, and vanilla. In the flavor I enjoyed the body and balancing of flavors. I noticed sweet malts, sweet bourbon, mild to medium booze intensity, sugary sweetner, soft bitter dark malts, chocolate, and vanilla. The finish is roasty, boozy, light bitterness that fades, and lasting sweetness that is not overbearing. Overall this was a damn fine brew. I doubt that I could age another one of these a few yrs.
maley1 (806) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, slight coffee, oak, and bourbon. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, well balanced. Long bourbon finish that lasts forever.
badhack (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible. Pours very dark. Full bodied, thick, slightly oily and so full of flavor you have no choice but to sip. Dark malt, tobacco, molasses, hint of sweetness, chocolate, nothing burnt. Some fruits, hint of coconut and booze. A little of everything really. Quite well blended and smooth. One sip and you practically taste forever.
Douberd (2585) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at Zeebra II.
Pours totally black with a thin dark brown head on top. Good retention, renews itself with every swirl of the glass and leaves light lacing behind.
Aroma of a good matured whiskey, burned wood, rye.
Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, light bourbon, wood, a touch of smoke, alcohol. Nice bitterness on the aftertaste, and coffee notes with a roasted character.
Full body with a smooth texture, good levels of carbonation. Sticky palate.
Great beer, hopefully I will soon have a whole bottle of this one.
adrian910ss (2370) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 vintage bomber. Pours black with a large light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, sweet dark malt, chocolate, tobacco and hints of molasses. Taste of dark chocolate, sweet malts, bourbon, molasses, tobacco and mild charr. Boozy.
M82 (319) - Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle aged at 55-60º
A mahogany pour leads to a black body with fiery auburn highlights, topped by a quickly fading half inch frothy dark khaki head creating extended thin horizontal peninsulas of lace, spots and thin peninsulas of alcohol decorate the snifter
Big, yet controlled notes of juicy bourbon and silky dark milk chocolate lead the way blending flawlessly into mingling, morphing layers of dates, cherry pie, cola, coffee, coconut, almond, toffee, toasted marshmallow, banana split... all on a slightly sticky, oily smooth, coating medium plus body, flavors evolving into treacle and vanilla on the finish with spirit warmth lightly drying and cleaning to reveal residuals echoing all the flavors and aromas, at this age the sweetness is perfectly articulated by all the drying, lean components, my brain is tingling, exceptional stout
Solid intensity, deep complexity, flawless transitions, everything a barrel aged stout should be, can the 2012 batch get any better?
22oz served at 55º and warming into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter