Rastacouere (6103) - 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 donít 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 doesnít mix very well in the end. Rather high carbonation, liquorous mouthfeel, medium body. Still very good and challenging. Thanks Sham!
Ernest (5929) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5883) - 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 Iíve 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.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
shared a 2002 bottle of this with duff as a nightcap. pretty black, full aroma of ash, molasses, golden syrup, plum and generic woodiness. loads of soy sauce flavour that caught me by surprise and made it hard to appreciate the lighter brownie, red grape and sour cherry flavours. pretty big and scary but not that pleasant to actually drink
after4ever (5741) - 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, í02. 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 thatís on the nose. Thick and oily, low-low carb, very satisfying sipping beer. Incredibly complex and interesting.
750, capped, í02, 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 theyíre not all like this.
drowland (5719) - 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.
5000 (5658) - 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 canít 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. † Iíd 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
BBB63 (5609) - 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.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty much black with a nice tan head. The nose is very nice, a touch of aging is noted with aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, and some over ripe dark fruits. Initial flavors are a little tart with nice oak notes, coffee, roast, and some underlying sweetness. All this time might have thinned it out a bit too, but all in all this is very tasty.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to mike for share some time ago. Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Thin mouth feel with some chocolate coco caramel malt. Light hop seasoning. A bit sour with etoh coming through in a nice punch. Dark fruit a bit of cherry. Oxidized slightly but still a good brew.