Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Alex for bringing this bottle out to try along with the barrel-aged version. Served in my Cantillon tulip.
Pours a really dark brown with a single-finger tan head. Fades into a light cap. The nose brings forward a bit of roasted malt and some chocolate. Not terribly complex--especially compared with the BA version--but nothing off about it. The taste is along the same lines. It’s fairly decent but not good enough to warrant a four. Some roast plus a bit of chocolate. Slightly dry with the roast. Medium body. Decent enough in the end, but nothing remarkable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle provided by Alex to compare with the ba version. This one was greatly outclassed, and that little bottle barely got touched...Dark brown pour, with a small white head, not much to look at...The aroma is so-so with burnt malt, caramel and chocolate...The taste is more burnt notes, just not very good. Coffee, grains, and alcohol.
One of the worst stouts of the night we had, I wouldn’t go out of the way for it.
drfabulous (3372) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce. Thanks to BMan1113VR for the bonus. Big creamy head and dark body. Strong stout aroma. Lots of coffee in the taste. Very strong chocolate and then some bitterness. Very tasty.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an oily black body with a tan head and light head retention. Malty with chocolate and caramel malt tones. Roasted with coffee tones, light oxidation soy moth, a bit vinous like. Velvet texture with very little warming. Nice offering.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rate. Batch 5 bottled November 2004. Promising aroma contains vinous hints with a primary scent of chocolate dipped cherries. Poured dark black with a thin head and the consistency of oil. Unfortunately when I got the flavour, things fell apart. There were roasted coffee beans, chocolate and a subtle hint of sour cherries. After that, it quickly fades with nothing left behind. Because of this, a promising stout quickly falls to the middle of the pack. Try it once for the experience but it doesn’t have enough presence to make me want to buy more.
atxdelivery (30) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
By all accounts a great tasting stout, strong with taste of coffee, vanilla. I would like to have this again
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a filmy, tan head. Strong aroma with plenty of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is sweet and rich, very malty, with myriad chocolate and coffee notes. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a soft, velvety mouthfeel. Finishes sweetly with some roast and light bitters. Solid beer.
nimbleprop (3850) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 vintage. Bomber. Pours a watery, opaque black with a soft white head. Nose of sugar, malt, oats. Flavor is sweet, malty, oats, light smoke, brown sugar, toasted bread. Tasted a bit like a dopplebock. Finish is medium bodied with some light smoke.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Eh...... Doesn’t feel very ’imperial.’ Lots of malts, sweet, boozy, some roast and a bit of chocolate. Kind of disappointing overall but not terrible.
LilBeerDoctor (3204) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, charred malt, sweet molasses, vanilla, booze. Flavor is similar with very sweet, heavy roasted and sweet malts, molasses, sweet dark fruits. Heavy palate and somewhat boozy (I was surprised to see the 8% abv). Meh, a little boring for me and I wasn’t a fan of the flavor profile.