mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle, bottled Nov. 2001 cellar’d in Bottleworks’ cellar since, split with manuchampions, Matts_Property and uhlan. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head - looks beautiful. First sniff reveals a perfectly kept beer, especially for the age (over 10 years!), with notes of rich roasted malt, maraschino cherries, cabernet red wine, almost a bacon / smoke note, light molasses and many other subtle complexities I cannot find words for. Flavour is immensely rich and complex - hasn’t gone off at all - with roasted malt, red wine, slight smokiness, maraschino cherries, vanilla, light molasses, etc. etc... so many layers of depth and complexity. A bit port-like on the finish, especially as it warms up. Glad to have had the opportunity to try this, despite the hefty price tag. Too bad Fish Tale does not brew this anymore. Amazing beer.
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost black, got some head, nothing great here. Low acidic content, coffee certainly present but not overly exposed, not that bad in aftertaste. I liked yes, but what’s the fuss about ? Am I the only one?
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2005 Bottle (2001) pours black as space, large light brown foamy head, with sticky lacing. Absolutely stunning aroma, vinous, woody (of Oak variety) and of heavily roasted malts. I can’t think of any Imperial Stout that has as such a wonderful aroma as this one. Picking up raisins, black cherries, and subtle chocolate notes, as well as the oaken casks they were stored in. This is simply orgasmic!!! Flavor is utterly phenomenal, woody with a vinous quality. Roasted malts, yet not overly hopped, quite malty... finishing extremely smooth. Body and mouthfeel are utterly fantastic. So smooth... the ABV is completely undetectable. I’d say this is as good as
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I am completely blown away by this. Words cannot describe how fantastic this is. Finishes smooth, woody, chocolate notes, roasted malts, with a lovely vinous quality. For those that are put off by anything remotely related to wine may not like it, but the blending of this brew in Cabernet Wine casks is utterly phenomenal. I cannot say enough good things about this brew. WOW
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2001 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with notes of licorice, milk, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pretty mild and unexciting aroma...flavor balance is decent and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden considering the amount. But clearly not one of the better Imperials and surprised to see this so highly rated.
arminjewell (6176) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.
after4ever (6130) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Bottle, ’02. Pours adamantine black with a thin filmy beige head. Highly vinous nose; plums, cherries, black bread, and plenty of tart red wine grapes puckering up the nostrils. Big rich flavors right from the attack--more of everything that’s on the nose. Thick and oily, low-low carb, very satisfying sipping beer. Incredibly complex and interesting.
750, capped, ’02, sampled March 08. This beer has now gone over. Still oily and creamy and well-carbed, but the buggy sourness is very prominent. Bummer. Maybe they’re not all like this.
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, opaque, reddish hints. Low light brown head. Extremely vinous aroma among explosive red wine character. Complex fruitiness (blackberries, berries, grapes) expressed over a leafy/branches tray. Bourbon undertones peaking through a toasted pumpernickel bread and blueberry jam breakfast. This smells terrific. But, upon tasting, I don’t know how well the barrel blends with the beer itself. I get more and more envy to try the base beer as this one may be a bit overly sweet, vinous and balsamic tart, almost like a red wine. This may be a bit too much combined with the roastiness, tobacco and herbal finish. Acidity just doesn’t mix very well in the end. Rather high carbonation, liquorous mouthfeel, medium body. Still very good and challenging. Thanks Sham!
drowland (6049) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via a very generous man at RBWG 2010! The aroma and flavor are very sweet and fruity, but the background in there is dark, malty, ashy, and more.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Big THANK YOU to JSquire for bringing a bottle to TheDM's party. Batch #3 Nov 2001: Jet black opaque appearance with a initial large creany light brown head and excellent lace. Once the head settled, a minor oily film was found, too cool! Heavy burnt malty aroma of molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, mild coffee, smokey wood, floral hops, dates and vanilla. Slightly vinous, Wonderful! Lush sweet mocha taste was wrapped with a nice mild bitter and smoky presence. A nice twangy bitter and woody finish rounds out the explosive flavors. This full-bodied brew has a sticky and lively feel, alcohol was well masked. Nice deep and complex, worthy of it's place among the top 10 Imperial Stouts.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A surprising imperial stout that is both very roasted and very vinous.
How: Bottle 750ml. Forgot to write down the vintage. Old. Sent to me by my man after4ever. Thanks a million Tom
The look: Very dark burgundy body (near black) topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is very fruity with strong vinous notes. Stupid me I thought that this was another Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout and because of the strong sour vinous nose I thought the beer was infected. The nose (and the taste) leaves no doubt about the nature of the beer. One of the most vinous imperial stout I’ve ever had. Taste is very complex. First I was surprised at how roasted the beer still was despite its strong vinous character. Very roasted in fact, and this dries out this otherwise juicy vinous beer. Vey roasted and very vinous are two first things that stroke me about the beer. Other flavors included, raisin bread, various dark fruits, wood barrel, banana cake. As expected with a carbernet barrels aged beer there was a juicy sour grapes flavor in there but it was mostly kept in check by the high roasted level of the beer. Named after the all powerful god of the seas, now on the payroll of British Petroleum.