HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer derives great things from the barrels, the nose having notes of bourbon, tons of cocoa, a bit of vanilla, tobacco, and rich sweet dark fruits. Not a 10 because thereís a slightly soy sauce characteristic peaking through. Taste is great, rich melange of everything in the nose, everything you ask for out of a stout. I donít really know what to say. Great, thick, warming and filling stout. One of the best barrel-aged beers Iíve ever had.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz, boxed, black-foiled bomber, dated 5/5/10 courtest of Sparky. thanks, Eric! pours a silky, jet black with a smooth, one-finger, dark cocoa head with solid retention and great lacing. aroma is wonderful, complex as expected from FW, with heavy, raw, dark chocolate, toffee, and dense dark fruit notes of black cherry, prune, and dates backed by subtle espresso, cigar wrapper, and wood with spicy, rich bourbon, vanilla, and oak emerging as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with a wonderfully rich, sweet, toffee presence emerging behind the dark chocolate, roasted malts, and oaked vanilla that blend seamlessly with the woody, spiced bourbon, molasses, and dark fruits with hints of char and licorice on the back end. palate is nothing short of elegant with perfect carbonation and richness rendering it smooth as silk but it still retains a subtle warmth and spice from the barrels that lead into a long, bittersweet, roasty finish. overall, an absolute world class barrel aged imperial stout from the guys who know a bit about barrel aging. well done, FW.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a great looking thick, creamy mocha, long lasting head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, dry charred oak, vanilla, tobacco and some alcohol. The flavor is more semi-sweet chocolate with a leathery, tobacco, oaky presence and light boozy alcohol. Full body with mild carbonation and a smooth, silky soft mouth feel. This is a great Imp Stout, the barrels worked some serious magic on this beer. Although you donít want to know what I paid for this one, ouch.
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.66 l bottle, 5thanks vode! Pitch black color. Sweet and roasty aroma strong on coffee, raisins, oak and vanilla. Thick sweet and roasty flavor with coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice and raisins. Full soft body, very warming palate with woody tannins in finish. Strong long oaky finish. Too oaky for me, but still a tasty sipper.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at PIB. Oily black pour with a thick tan head and some nice spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, booze, honey, plums and other dark fruit, more chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, maple, vanilla, booze, light leather, dark fruit. Incredibly complex and delicious beer. Will have to pick some up next time itís released.
barleybrave (8) - USA - FEB 1, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
really impressive, a meditative beer to share with friends, altough so strong iíll never stop drink it to dip in his great complexity
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to piclee for this.
4.0 A: I had to make an aggressive pour to coax one finger of creamy light brown head. Average retention and not really any lacing.
4.5 S: Aroma is just what I like from a -bal brew. The stout shines while the bourbon takes a complementary role. A decent amount of semisweet chocolate in this one. Indeed, the sweet character outweighs the roasty but not by a whole lot. Roasted barley makes an appearance next with a touch, and only a touch, of coffee. Finally, the bourbon comes in completing the very nice nose. As it warms, the bourbon comes through stronger.
4.5 T: Taste is just as good as the nose. Sweet chocolate stands out first, with roastiness next, and bourbon on the finish. There a bit of fruitiness in the taste that wasnít in the nose: plum and raisin. Alcohol is apparent, but at an acceptable rate given 13%. Itís really hard to figure out how complex this is. The chocolate, roasted barley, and bourbon dominate, but it seems like there is more beneath. Bourbon, booziness, and a roasty bitterness lingers on aftertaste.
5.0 M: Thick, syruppy body. Good moderate carbonation. This is how I like my imperial stouts. Rich and creamy or bust. Relatively smooth with a warming finish.
5.0 D: Excellent brew. Great aroma, great taste, awesome mouthfeel, but the alcohol is a bit of an ass kicker and moreso than comparable brews (BCBCS, for example). Still, solid brew overall. Iím glad I have another one. I think some age will do wonders with this one.
Edit: This gets much better as it warms up. Drinkability score adjusted.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-21-2010 03:45:19
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark in the glass, small mocha head, light roasty aroma, gentle coffee. POW! Inky, thick, charcoal and chewy with a sticky reduction texture, licorice, semisweet chocolate and burnt oak. In the mouth it feels thick as putty, filling and lingering. Warmth follows much later. Tobacco, density, lip smacking. Leaves me smiling.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from a friend. Pours deep onyx with minimal tan head. Nose is rich patent malt, blackstrap molasses, cacao, blackberry. Tastes dense on the palate, with a heavy patent malt, cacao, molasses, mild anise and rauchy notes, backup hops, and somewhat similar to Worldwide overall. Itís a shame I will likely never be able to do a horizontal with those two.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice bottle from a trade with Daknole. Thx alot for sending this great bottle over. The bottle and the lable are imo really classy - and backs the drops. It appears pretty creamy and thick when poured. Its black with really dark brown head, that only slowly fades a bit. The nose has plenty of raw bitter cacao, some caramel, coffee, some biting alcohol and some extremely balanced bourbon-vanilla, that so often tends to over do it in the Bourbon barrel aged beers.
The palate is creamy and so round and smooth, but still with a picking markedly alcoholprofile. The taste back up the impressions from the aroma and again the word "balanced" is a key word. It has a fine bitterness in the finish with sidenotes of hazel-nuts. An extremely good beer.