chinchill (2473) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 shared bottle.
A bit less complex (flavor but not aroma) than the Black Tuesday that preceded this, with more coffee and higher bitterness. Lower (than 19.2%!) ABV evident.
Dark chocolate and coffee linger on in the aftertaste, with plenty of dark roasted grains. Very faint burnt toast component.
lightbias (210) - USA - NOV 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 Shared bottle with a great and generous friend. Thank you.
Black pour, off-white head, mocha and coffee out of the gate. The subtlety of the aroma is striking as it is also very bold, and the first sip brings in a wave of flavor; boozy cocoa with a sultry, dark, heavily herbal back-end. Smoky almost. The medium body carries it through with a comfortable presence that would probably make converts of almost any sad soul "afraid of dark beer". The head didn’t stick around long, but the flavor did; the body holds up nicely against time and the finish lasts long on my lips. All in all, an amazing experience. Firestone Walker, another grand experience. Thanks!
ElManana (653) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste is chocolate, roasted barley, coffee. Taste is verg sweet. Great stuff but Stickee Monkey was better. Super stuff tho.
TXBadger (1667) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Barrel, cocoa, roasted malt, and some bourbon on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of barrel and some maple like sweetness. But a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Delicious.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-8-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of cream colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. The thickness of the brew can be seen right after pouring and when swirling in the snifter with thick fingers of liquid clinging the sides of the glass before slowly fading to the base of the beer at the bottom of the snifter.
Smell – The aroma of the beer has tons of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Along with these smells are some wonderful oaky and bourbon aromas mixed with a good dose of caramel and vanilla sweetness. Some other lighter aromas of a more dark fruit nature are thee as well with smells of cherry, raisin and plum all there. Overall the aroma is big roasty and sweet producing a nice warming aroma overall..
Taste – The taste begins with a massive level of roasty malt and sweet chocolate with a huge sweet caramel and vanilla flavor. Even from the start some bourbon and oaky flavors are detected on the tongue. While very sweet upfront, the beer incredibly gets even sweeter as the caramel ramps up and is joined by some brown sugar and a toffee sweetness with other flavors of “lighter” dark fruits of fig and raisin (light in comparison to sugar flavors; although by no means light). The roastedness and chocolate flavors fade a tad at the increase of the sweet. Some coffee comes to the tongue however and just like the sweeter flavors, the booziness and bourbon flavors get quite a bit stronger in nature as well. These transitions, with the massive increases in the sweetness and the booziness, all in the end, leave a big, massively sweet and moderately boozy warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both were fantastic for the darker flavors of the brew as well as for the huge sweet and alcohol flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation only accentuating these. With its boozy and oaky flavors in conjunction with the sweet and dark flavors of the brew the overall thick body and lower carbonation really make this one a nice warming brew and a nice slow drinker.
Overall – Big, robust, massively sweet, and warming. This is a nice imperial stout. A little sweeter then I would want on any real occasion, but this one makes a dessert all in itself, being quite nice for a capper to an evening after dinner on a cooler winter night.
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 "another big, expensive, and super good beer from Firestone Walker...though i didn’t like this one quite as much as Black Xantus or 13. Props to FW, They sure know how to barrel a beer. What this one seemed to lack in complexity, it made up for in straight up yuminess. chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon were the main players and the oatmeal stout was super smooth. showed a little of the alcohol but it melded seamlessly with the big flavors."No longer below Black Xantus as of 2013-2014 (significantly better) and just kicked another 4.5 beer’s arse (BA Narwhal) in a head to head.
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a dark thick black with instant aroma of bourbon. Heavy oak, bourbon, and tobacco smell. Thick sticky viscosity. Instant flavor of dark chocolate that lasts and lasts. Some nuttiness as well. Not as big of a bourbon taste. This guy is very well balanced and very delicious.
Oakes (13068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown, not much head, very toasty, almost marshmallowy nose is pretty intense, bringing waves of dark malt and boozy richness. Very rich palate, stacks of vanilla, biltong, alcohol, prunes, burnt sugars...complex and intense, a nerd favourite.
78samh (186) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle pours dark brownish black with a small tan head. Aroma is molasses, oak, oats and bourbon. Taste is rich, sweet roast malts and oats with hints of chocolate, tobacco, bourbon, oak and smoke. Boozy but very good Impy stout.
Welley_Alves (223) - 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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