arondee (526) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Let me start off with one word. WOW. This is an amazing beer. It pours a rich black color with a small off-white head. The aroma is amazing. Whisky, malts, burnt chocolate, and tobacco. The taste is heaven. Itís so good. Itís not overly boozy or bitter. A perfectly balanced IRS if there ever was one. Iím a huge fan of this brewery.
kevinator (668) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superb and one of the best imperial stouts Iíve had. Pitch black with a thin bronze head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oak and hops. It smelled rich. Oily and full palate without being like syrup. An explosion of balanced and rich flavors. Along with the aromas there was some vanilla and coffee.
Maybe chocolate. So much going on and it went too quickly.
AWISLguy (1009) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle given to me by ck1, and cellar aged more than 18 months - served at cellar temperature and shared on Thousandth Night with ck1 and Jan. Number 1001! Pours an opaque black with a brown head leaving almost no lace. Aroma has vanilla, grapes and dark chocolate with some caramel showing up. Rich and decadent. Taste is of bakers chocolate, bourbon, heavy roast and grapes on a heavy caramel malt base. Full bodied and super smooth - even smoother than Barrel Aged Rasputin - with alcohol. Finishes smoothly bitter and sweet, with chocolate and roast ... and vanilla-y bourbon. This was a terrific, terrific brew! Easy to see as the base of the FW anniversary ales.
redOaks (13) - - MAR 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aggressive and bold bourbon notes in the aroma, deep chocolate that presents strong as well. The flavor is like silky dark chocolates, smooth and awesome.
weihenweizen (1479) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 2012 brown bomber poured into a snifter. Pours black with dark brown highlights. Aroma is big bourbon, medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and some thin small bubble lacing. Taste is intense bourbon, roasted malt, oak, some dark chocolate, some vanilla, balancing hop backbone, and slightly bitter slightly dry finish. Very good imperial stout.
Rune (7211) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a big bottle at the Grand Tasting at the RBNG-event at Fredrik 3.ís Hall. Low, tan-coloured head. Devil-black body. Mid-sweet dark malty nose with hints of bourbon. More bourbon to the taste buds joined by vanilla and caramel balanced by a nice half-dry, bitter finish. Oily palate. Velvety mouthfeel. Excellent sipper (Fredriksten festning, Halden 15.02.2014).
Cunningham (3908) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sinful black color with a nice beige head. Lovely aroma. Vanilla, oak and chocolate. Full body. Well hidden alcohol. Espresso, chocolate, vanilla and oak in the flavor. Yummi!
[Bottle at Grand Tasting RBNG14 Ė Halden]
xocnotnert (7) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer that started it all... Absolutely delicious. Dark, flavorful, perfectly smooth.
visionthing (2293) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a shared 65cl bottle at RBNG-14. Pours very dark, close to black, with an off-white head. Lovely wooden aromas, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate and caramel. Sweet and smooth as hell with a slightly dry and lightly bitter finish. Delicious stuff!
(2014-02-15 - Grand Tasting, Fredriksten festning, Halden)
OleR (4581) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black body, under a thin layer of tan cream head. Intense and rich malt aroma resembling burnt caramel/brown sugar, dark chocolate, burnt wood, bourbon and dark dried fruits. Thick and mouth-coating. Full body. Taste mirrors the aroma. Big and flavorfull malt base with balancing bittering hops, and a pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish. A great and complex IS. [Shared bottle at Grand Tasting, RBNG2014]
Lonick (676) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @tasting. Pours black with a tan head. Nose of coffee some sweetness, chocolate and caramel with an almost, "is it there? Yes, it is," hint of tobacco. Vanilla on the palate, fruity and caramel, would have loved to have had this with a dessert.