ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks inflatablehair!!! - Pours a thick and almost black with a medium sized tan head...aroma is plummy with cocoa, light soy, carob...flavour is similar, great chocolate presence, alcohol, vanilla and light caramel, old red fruit...not sure if my description accurate portrays how I felt, but this definitely exceeded expectations...really f’ing tasty~!
SudsMcDuff (5866) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
time for the bookends of death!! .. . Pours a black hole black .. lots of roasted cocoa and dark roast .. . very smooth and drinkable for 14% .. a very well made beer that really seems to have its ducks in a row .. a cllass act all the way .. . Don’t juckopose anything in a macroscope in this universe.
DialSquare (2762) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of drowland at Proof tasting - 7/23/10. Black pour. Aroma of cocoa and oak. Creamy, chocolate, warm, wood, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. Good balance. Desert beer.
GG (2064) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from BevMo -
Aroma - the nose erupts with loads of dark chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, molasses with a strong oak/bourbon note.
Appearance - black thick body, creamy light tan head, long lasting...perfect.
Taste - near perfect balance between sweet and bitter for an impy. Caramel, scorched marshmallows, burnt wood/ashy, dark chocolate, bourbon and wood. Neither base overpowers the other. Really nice.
Palate - creamy, velvety smooth, long lingering finish
Overall - could not have picked a better beer for my 1800 rating here on RB. Paired the 2nd half with some homemade brownies w/ Guittard chocolate chunks and it was quite exquisite. Defintely a momentous beer.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a good black with a decent tan head. The head lasts okay and laces fairly well. Aroma is good, roast, alcohol, sweet fruit, and some cookie. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is good. Has a nice alcohol burn. The sweetness is real good. Has a nice licorice ending. Has a full body. The texture is syrupy. Has a real good finish and a wonderful aftertaste. This is a real good beer.
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 BCTC 2010, thanks to Rudolf. big black dark pour. boozy, chocolate, coffee, rich roasted malts. Full & lingering flavors. intense, very flavorful & very well made
rerate: quite possibly the best beer ive had. tap at Blue Monk
StefanSD (2154) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bomber from Bev4less. Thanks for holding this for me Freddy. Pours and opaque black color with a medium tan head that fades to 1/4 inch and holds. The nose is earthy dark roasted grains, burnt toast, raisins and some hot alcohol. The flavor is earthy and roasty with well roasted grains, whiskey, prunes and dark biter chocolates. The palate is full smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty brew. I loved it.
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
7/23/10. Huge thanks to mkade8883 for this awesome brew in my Secret Santa box!! Huge buttery, vanilla, and coconut aromas followed by obvious bourbon. Love it. The flavor doesn’t deliver as much as I was hoping, but there is nice chocolate and coffee, buttery vanilla, a hint of coconut, and a nice warming feel. Very good!
drfabulous (4052) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate. Vanilla. Roast. This is a dessert beer all the way. High quality. Very rich. Lovely.
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by xmarcnolanx- thanks again, Mark! Pours a super dark opaque brown, near black, with a small tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, mocha, tobacco and a little vanilla. Barrel notes lead the flavor- oak, bourbon, vanilla- along with notes of molasses, tobacco, leather, and ash. The notes of the aroma are a lot more subtle than in the flavor. The 13% ABV isn’t overwhelming, though. Full-bodied, with minimal carbonation and a thick, smooth, heavy mouthfeel. Great imperial stout.