wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with very little head. Aroma fantastic right off. Contains elements of bourbon(obviously) currants, heavy sweet chocolate, nuts, toffee, coffee, sweet bread, and burnt malts. Flavor is huge sweet vanilla bourbon notes with caramel and very bitter chocolate in the finish. Just some carbonation in the finish and very heavy bodied and oily on the palate. Some boozey notes in the aftertaste and very very bitter. Nice one. doesnít lace too well.
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Highly overrated beer, as it seems most of Firestone Walker beers are.
Yes, it is strong. The most potent aroma of any beer Iíve tried. If you buy beer to sniff, this would be the one.
But as for taste, it is thin and metallic. It doesnít linger much and the after taste adds nothing to the depth. No complexity, just hit-you-over-the-head stout flavor, a bit like drinking beer concentrate.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, hopefully my local watering hole will get a keg! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head which disappears quickly as it warms. Nose is fairly what would be expected, roasty dark malts with an deep undertone of vanilla and oak. Very complex flavor, it starts out with everything you would expect from a RIS, but it unfolds beyond the roasted malt to unveil some nice vanilla notes, it has a certain maple syrup sweetness to it which really rounds it out nicely, I also get a certain bit of coconut. It finishes nice and dry with an alcohol burn. Thick, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Take your time with this one, the characted defiintely changes as it warms. Good stuff.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 bottle - It is certainly the midnight black they say on the label and itís got a wonderful brown and creamy foam. A beautiful, almost oath vanilla nose, all sweetness and light. Maybe there is a hint of boozy burn underneath. Possibly the thickest beer Iíve ever had. Itís like drinking a cloud of malted milkshake. Amazing vanilla character dominates everything. For itís darkness itís remarkably unroasty and has no burnt bitterness for itís color. There is some whiskey-esque heat in the throat. Actually a lot of stone-fruit character appears as it opens up, especially nectarines and maybe some plum. A light tannic hint in that hot finish too. There is slot there, this lady is deep.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Aroma is full of bourbon and tobacco notes, with a sweeter dark chocolate coming through when you get a good smell. Appearance is very black. The head was small id say less than a finger and went away quickly. The taste is very smooth. Well carbonated for the style of beer and full om complex leathery flavors that continue to tingle the senses with each taste. Overall great beer, cant find much, if anything wrong with it.
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - JUN 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
a very well done imperial stout. pitch black with dark brown head, it has a massive aroma of coffee and chocolate. the flavor is sweet dark chocolate, but not cloying at all.
zizzybalubba (1450) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Batch 002, 2011 bottle). Pours black with the thickness of used motor oil with a thin khaki head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light vanilla, oak, and smoke. The flavor is bold coffee, dark chocolate, light coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. The warmth from the alcohol is detectible. An odd release for summer, but this is an outstanding beer.
obguthr (3921) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 2000! 2011 bottle labeled No. 002: Espresso, molasses, oak, pecan, and blackberry nose. Viscous, used motor oil pour with a thin brown head. First impression is that itís hot from start to finish with a brief reprieve at midpalate. Drinks like the ABV is much higher. Full body and viscous. The flavor is molasses, vanilla, chocolate, and figs. Finishes with whiskey and oak. Does not have a bourbon character that I recognize, which is nice, but it does have a whiskey component which I dislike as much, if not moreso. Would prefer this aged in SS, but I can easily see why others love it. The whiskey is palatable to me though. Itís a sipper. Certainly a lot of care, expertise, and imagination went into crafting this one.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Reserve Series No. 002. Vintage 2011 with 12.5% ABV. Black pour with dark brown, foamy froth atop it. Aroma is dark chocolate, chocolate mousse, roasted malt, light coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, oak and brownies. Taste is roasted malt with chocolate covered coffee beans, brownies, vanilla, molasses, oak, light tobacco, faint dark fruit and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a dense, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, burnt brownies, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. Delicious stuff here, folks!
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not sure what to think of this beer. Right out of the gate I wanted to give it about a 3.0. It had a lot of soy character and a lot of what I can only describe as that "over the top" or "over done character. Letting this beer breathe has definitely improved my opinion, but I this beer really seals in my mind American beers nerdsí infatuation with extreme beers. Sure there are a lot of great flavors going on here-vanilla, bourbon, coffee, cherry, roasted malt, hops, and plenty more Iím having a tough time discerning under it all-but I have really come to believe that perfecting one of these characters is vastly superior than cramming 15+ potent flavors together in one beverage.