daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at JW77’s. I really like the Fish Tale BA beers. This one is black with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, grapes, cherries and some woody notes. Flavor is like chocolate covered wood aged cherries. The wine does wonderful things with this beer!
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks!
It pours black and dense... Dark Lord dense!! Black Hole dense!!! Huge, light brown frothy head. Mostly lasting. No light, no matter how bright, could pass through this stout.
The aroma is different and complex. Oak-aged tawny port, Cabernet, licorice, must, earth and very light notes of evergreen. Surprisingly, I detected no chocolate or coffee in this dark wonder.
Flavors of burnt leaves, alcohol and tawny port. Liquid Autumn, basically.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, dry, very tangy finish. This is the most unusual and one of the more delightful imperial stouts I have tasted to date. Thumbs up! Thanks go out to hopsrus for this brew.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with friends, courtesy of ratman197. Thanks Ratman! Black appearance with a dark brown head. Tart, red fruity, vinous, tangy, dark roasty aroma. Sour, cherry, blackberry, vinous, charred, roasty malty flavor.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to footbalm for this. Pours jet black with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, dark fruit (cherries), licorice, prunes, cognac. Tastes roasty malty, extremely dark fruity, with a big cherry element at the finish, along with hcocolate and some soy sauce. Smooth, dense palate. Well hidden alcohol. To me, this one is 1 part GD Yeti, 1 part Weyerbacher Raspy Impy, and 1 part Stone RIS. All parts are delicious.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Munificent grapes and their alcohol find warm residence in the thick roastiness of the malts and their oily dark chocolate...Yeasty fruitiness is grounded by a few marshmallows and the vinous personality elevates it to near-decadence...If not for the pinch of saltiness in the end, the barrel-aging is very well-done and personable...A somber elixir to christen the most devilish winter evenings...
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to puzzl for sharing this... I really thought that I’d had this before, but I was either wrong or too stupid at the time to have entered the rating. Deep black pour with a thick tan head. The nose is intense. Lots of bright, rich, vineous character. A bit of cocoa and soft fruitiness through the middle. The barrel really shines here... not really vanilla/bourbon laden like so many others. Sweet chewy malt with a bit of dark cocoa and heavily toasted malt. A little bit of cherry and soft fruity hops. The age barely shows on this one, it’s still got loads of time left in it. Lingering herbal finish.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour big thanks to the Ratman, bottle from 2002. Dark brownish black pour with thin to no head, aroma brought big notes of tart grape and berry notes, hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee notes with a touch of roast. Taste is slightly tart with a a rather thin body, but nice chocolate and wine notes complement well into a bitter roasted malt and slightly sweet finish.
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Re-rating a bottle of 2002. The wine flavors completely mask anything that would resemble an imperial stout... no burnt malts, no licorice or smoke, just a small hint of chocolate. The sweetness of the oak wine casks is a pain.
alexsdad06 (9107) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle (batch 4, Nov. 2002) shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown with a medium sized fine tan head. The aroma was a combination of roasted malt and dark ripe fruits with a strong vinous character. Additional notes of raisins and figs, woody with a splash of vanilla. The flavor is still quite bold with some alcohol showing up, but not in a bad way. There is the same combination of dark ripe fruits and vinous notes sharing time with the dark roasted malts. Additional flavors of sweeter malts, cocoa, raisins and figs, red wine woody, vanilla with little in the way of hops left. Medium plus to full bodied with some oxidation (surprisingly not as much as I would have expected). Thanks Craig for the opportunity to try this one!
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. 0.75L bottle shared with Degarth and crizay. Courtesy of Degarth. This is one of several beers I’ve always wanted to try and figured I’d never get a chance. That’s has happened a couple of times this month.
Poured black with beautiful multi hued brown spectrum head. The aroma is intense with sweet molasses and chocolate malts. As time passes and the beer warms the tart and sour red wine like aroma begins to dominate. The first flavor I get is the tart red wine grape and sourness from the barrel. More tart than sour. At the same time there’s some malty sweetness as an undercurrent just below and on top there’s a subtle fruitiness. As the taste progresses the malty sweetness of molasses and maybe toffee begin to arrest the flavor away from the tart and sour wine regime. Just past midway a chocolate note surfaces. The beer finishes smooth. In the after taste I get sweet toffee and then later it is sort of a red wine sweet grape note. Delicious beer. Thanks Degarth.