MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks muchly to our Ken.
Black brown with an attractive thin tan head. Well, this is a cheeky little minx isnít it? Inky blackness, rubber, tar, oil, oh and bourbon. Itís a beast, Slight cardboard, actually no, slight paper. Mildly thin on the palate too. Ok, it has just followed a batch zero Black Albert, which letís face it, knocks pretty much everything into a cocked hat palate-wise. But yeah, itís just not quite got the body I feel like it needs. Whatever, itís a bloody good beer. The bourbon is huge but somehow it sits really well and is really nicely integrated. There is a distinct hit of coal, partly spent coal, which I love to bits. Superb caramel and leather and charred wood. Massive malt all round. Not getting much from the hops, as expected, which is a shame as Iím really interested in these U.S. grown Fuggles but whatever. Good beer indeed.
tgncc (2990) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Via trade with Boltz. Aroma is crazy, and hard to nail down, oak is very strong upfront, then dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco, brown sugar. The flavor is oak, more chocolate, bourbon, licorice, candy. The appearance is a deep black, tan head, which disappears after a minute. Nice lacing, oily. The finish is bittersweet chocolate, booze, piney hops. Awesome oily mouthfeel, medium/thick in body. Great beer. Of course, itís hard to dislike any impy stout, and harder to dislike a barrel aged one. Thanks, Jason.
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good beer ruined by bourbon. Roasted malt, and thick palate on this black beer. Also, considerable hops for the style, far more than most imperial stouts. Get rid of the bourbon and this is something special, and it is not bad, in spite of it.
sunevdj (3351) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at T&Ms. Pours an opaque black with a small white head. Smells of bourbon and hints of toasted malts. Also some dried fruits. Hints of peppar. Full bodied. Dry sugary finish.
Theis (14083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Bottle at home. Pitch black - offwhite head. licorice, roasted, nutty, licorice, sharpness, light bourbon, tobacco, dried fruits, bitterness, lovely.coffee.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle). Pours black wih chocolate milk colored head. Decent lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, booze, tobacco. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness following. Full bodied with an oily/creamy texture. Finish is slightly bitter with a warm alcohol presence. There is a certain ígreen-nessí from the hops that stands out even with the barrel aging. Very nice beer that should age well and lose a little bit of its edge.
hankchinaski (14) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible nose of vanilla, chocolate and tobacco. Surprisingly easy drinking for the high ABV. Layered and very complex, easily one of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve ever had.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Sample from a bottle courtesy of JaBier at Jackie Oís BBDA and Oil of Aphrodite Release and Barrel aged Beer Festival on 9/11/10. This Stout is an inky black color with a medium tan head that evaporates slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of burnt malt, dark chocolate and oak. Rich body with flavors of roasted malt, molasses, caramel and coffee. The finish is roasty and chocolatey with a lingering bourbon aftertaste. Really solid brew overall.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JaBier for bringing this out and sharing! Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, some dark fruit/tobacco. Flavor is a little sweet at first with chocolate and vanilla notes, followed by a toasty, slightly bitter finish.
JaBier (5139) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at the Co-op in Arcata, CA. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is bourbony, but not too much so. Also contains dark fruit, chocolate and roast. Flavor starts with vanilla and turns to sweet chocolate and has a bitter roasty finish. At the nose, I was confused why this beer is held in such high regard. Smells very good, but not outstanding. Then I tasted it and it all made sense. Very good stuff.