MrBeerFanatic (977) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 16.99 Bottle ordered from internet. Pours a velvety dark caramel with a sassy carbed head that takes any head forming down. Big complex aromas of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, roasted malt, wood/oak, with just a hint of whiskey. Big mix of sweet chocolate/ cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, slight dark fruit, oak/wood, and light tobacco. Highly sweet for an Imperial Stout, medium bitter, and the alcohol comes through just a little bit through the nose but not to cloying with the other flavors but have to sip slowly. Did not notice any whiskey notes in the flavors which i abhor. This is made to be aged though with all that sweetness! Aged only for around 6 months after internet purchase.
thomat (3176) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ CBC-16. Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, fruit and hops. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.
Bernstein (4) - - MAY 31, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
T: I would say medium body. Not pitch black like other BA beers but pretty dark, can see some brown come through in the light.
P: Balanced. Get a small hint of booze, chocolate, roasty characters
A: Medium body. A slight carbonation to it, not thick.
T: Booze and chocoalte. Definitely get the heat from the bourbon barrel but complemented with a slight sweetness. Roasty character not too overwhelming on this beer.
growler6 (117) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, brandy (grapy) and vanilla aromas dominate. Boozy and smoky. Sticky and syrupy texture lingers on the pallet. Lots of depth and complex but a bit too sweet for me.
sjogro (2202) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle at THT May. Black with light tan head. Big sweet roasted chocolate malts, coffee, toffee. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Full body, smooth, great.
ClarkVV (5379) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Hugh O’Neill’s 5/16/16.
Inky black body has dark mahogany tints on the edges suggesting there may be some clarity to it, but it’s difficult to determine. Tan head atop is large and slowly falls to cover.
Oh boy. Did I just get served a pina colada?? Seems they could not have possibly got more pineapple coconut character in to this thing....Just all bourbon and oak with caramel/toffee, raisin and rich chocolate lingering behind it, somewhat menacingly. It’s certainly intense...and the alcohol is pretty well concealed, I suppose.
Wow, this is quite the beer....Rich, sweet, full of fruity raisin and milk chocolate but completely dominated by the rich coconut and pineapple character from the oak. At least there’s plenty of sugar left behind to help soak it up, but that of course creates the problem of leaving a VERY sweet, sugary, syrupy beer. At 14% it’s pretty tough to have anything but that, I guess. Carbonation is low and engaging and helps to some degree, but this is still a monstrosity. Well if you like to be beaten over the head with intense flavors, this is probably your cup of syrup. To its credit the flavors are all clean and enjoyable.
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome stout! I love it. Barrel flavor is so complex, full body, silky smooth mouthfeel, oily texture, a bit boozy. Nice bourbon flavor, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, caramel.
Jorn69 (2551) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016 Blue session 20160513. Roasted malty and sweet with vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and coffee, full body with an oily texture. The finish is bitter and roasted with bourbon.
Vignale (3147) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fat på CBC-16. En riktigt bra IS. Fat, bourbon, tobak, vanilj, russin, kladdig chokladkaka. Tjock vätska, söt men med rejält motstånd från fat, välrostad malt. Tung, komplex, lager på lager av smaker. Löjlig gott.
willisread (2172) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at DC Hama. Great nose with lots of cacao nibs, roasted coffee, toasted caramel. wood and light soy sauce. Average carbonation for the style with a rich and coating feel on the palate. The oak comes out more and the cacao just rides on through on the finish. The alcohol is almost non-existent. A world class beer. Would like to try in the bottle next.
Nische (1761) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at CBC Blue Session. Black with no head. Roasted aroma with coffee, liquorice, chocolate with hints of soy, oak and whiskey. Nicely balanced and silky smooth.