JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like motor oil, totally headless initially (later rising to a dark brown presence), and black as sin. Sweet, very dark liquorice, like zoete drop , a bit of soy sauce, dark malts with chocolate touches. Sweet, Bourbon, vanilla beans and rather ZOUTE drop (meaning salty, mineral touch) as main features. Very thick, viscous, alcoholwarming backthroat - well, call it alcoholHEATING. Very original, but way less subtle than the Abacus. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with Vinnie. Pours deep cola black with a tall, amber fluffed head which slowly recedes to a sticky ring of bubbles. Aroma of black licorice. Coca-Cola, soft malted barley, dark bittersweet chocolate, bloody cherries, vanilla, oak, rich gooey honey, and soft marshmallow pussy juice. Smooth, rich, crisp slippery palate with a surprisingly mild body. Flavors of rich chocolate, oak, soft tobacco, bitter coffee and some toasty, roasty, tasty malts, man. Finishes with a fucking soft ass whisper, like a ghost stout. Itís mad creepy, tastes like marshmallow pussy juice, and fucking, fucking, yaahhhh mean!? Wu-Tang killah bees. Duddah duddah duddah.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Draft] Black opaque body, burnt foam. Burnt toffee, caramel and molasses in the aroma. Malty, slight thick palate. Vanilla, licorice and charred chocolate with a warming bourbon alcohol finish. Bitterness tempered by the weight of the malt and dark chocolate lingers well into the aftertaste.
Indra (2657) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty, dark malts, faint bourbon, plum and raisin, overall fairly complex and interesting. Solid ebony color, with a very slight but lasting brown head, and I feel I should mention this stuff has legs that you typically donít see, even in other examples of the style. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced and even possesses some subtlety despite its enormity, with dark malt sweetness, strong, dark chocolate, bourbon, old wood, toffee and vanilla, really only faintly alcoholic at the finish which is amazing considering the strength. Full, smooth, silky, warming palate, body is, of course, massive. Very nice indeed. Thanks and cheers to JB!
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 (1763) - 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 (1270) - 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.