JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recently did a vertical tasting of 10, 11 and 12. But have had 12 numerous times on tap and out of a bottle recently. Consider 12 to be the best. A beautiful aroma of chocolate, fudge, bourbon and some oak. Taste is just pure awesomeness with more bourbon, chocolate, and some roasted malts. One of my favorite imperial stouts.
cjtunes (6) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich aroma. Coffee, bourbon darker flavors richly blend together. A great beer.
Courtre (3) - - MAY 26, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Long story short, I wish I didn’t share it. It was very smooth and had a great after taste.
deekyn (1457) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - pours deep dark brown with no head. S - bourbon and oak up front. notes of coffee, vanilla, smoke. Hints of sweeter fruits. M - nice strong bodied beer with nice rich oak aged imperial stout. Lighter than the big boys. Flatter and lightly hoppy end. T - bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, toffee, on the nose and palate. Nice rich barrel stout that fades to a grassy bitter end with lingering quiet toffee and brown sugar malt. O - very good imperial stout. If it was richer through out it would be great. 8
MacBoost (1688) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by someone at the Monte’s Krown tasting yesterday. Pours a jet black with a tan head. Liquorish in the nose. Roasty flavor, with chocolate. Very deep and complex. Low carbonation. Very decent.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Black pour, low head, sweet aroma of malt, fruit, roasted grain, chocolate. Taste is intense, of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla. Very complex, deep and interesting. Thick. Sweet but not overly so. Finishes with linger notes of the flavor, alcohol burn, and moderate bitterness. This is a huge, flavorful beer. Almost too much, but not too much if you know what awaits you. Nice. Definite cellar material.
ACHops (1224) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Monster beer. Thick, opaque pour. Thin head. Bourbon, leather, and oak on the nose. Just a little dark chocolate. Smooth, creamy taste while the bourbon comes through on the end. Clearly it’s big, but the 12.5% is well hidden as I wouldn’t guess over 10%. Worth trying if you come across it, but if you’re shelling out $25 a bottle I’d recommend one of FW’s blended anniversary offerings instead.
Slipstream (2348) - USA - MAY 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Adrian. Sweet alcoholic aroma. Dark pour with a light tan head. Very sweet and alcoholic - prunes, dark bread, hops, a little smoke and brandy. Complex and layered - another superb brew from FW.
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at my 30:th birthday tasting on May 5 (30 år av Surt). Courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with bitter chocolate, dark sweet bread, minerals, liquorice fudge, prunes, alcohol, wood, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice fudge, vanilla, prunes, wood and bourbon. Mouthfeel is intense, tiny boozy, slightly sticky sweet and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with sweetened coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and wood.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours opaque black with an average, pale tan, pillowy head which settles to a very thin, frothy layer and leaves similar lace. The nose is full of bourbon and charred white oak, rich dark chocolate, some vanilla, tobacco, some molasses and toffee, and faint currant. The flavor is amazing with rich dark chocolate, vanilla all over, sweet espresso, charred bourbon oak, slight red currants, some tobacco, toffee and molasses, and some fudge cake. The palate is very full, less than lively, round, and velvety. The beer finishes with an earthy, woodsy bitterness, sweet espresso, dark chocolate only getting darker, and cake-like notes left on the tongue. Awesome beer, dark, velvety, thick, rich, oaky, and just enough bitterness from the dark notes and hops. The complexity seemed a bit lacking for a beer of this strength but everything was put together so well and the flavor was just amazing. This brewer is soon becoming a favorite of mine and their barrel series is always amazing.