Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Jake for his incredible generosity! Iím really greatful for the opportunity to even try this.
Number 183 of 600. Vintage 2009.
Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting for an imperial stout of this caliber. Beautiful head however quickly made me forget the previous. Quite a bit of hop aroma wafting up from my snifter. Had to dig quite a bit to find some bits of chocolate. Really pretty shocked at the amount of IBUís, but I guess itís a requirement considering the ABV and balance needed. Plus, this is a pretty young bottle.
Really surprised at the flavour. Right off the bat my palate is hit with a huge amount of tannins, acidity and bitterness from the hops. A small amount of chocolate makes its appearance after this initial wave, but only for a brief moment. After this second surge, a light amount of fusels take over followed by some additional acidity. The palate finishes dry with little lingering character. After the bottle has a chance to breath for awhile, the cocoa comes through a little clearer as does the molasses.
I guess I could chaulk some of this up to the fresh nature of this bottle. There were some raw notes in here, but overall I question how well this might actually age and if the acidity and tannins would mellow all that much over time to a point that the flavour is enhanced. Either way, if you have a bottle I would certainly hold onto it for a good year and try it at that point. Overall, I gotta say Iím perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if itís just a variation in the batch or something else.
Ernesto987 (3648) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle grabbed by friend in Winston Salem, rich sharp pennies in there, this years vintage. Rich sweet malts, not too much roast or balance to the sweetness. A little obsolete
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. Light chocolate in the nose with a hint of roast. Pour is pitch black with minimal head. Some alcohol in the chest, but is smooth, not hot. Very enjoyable.
Advocate_Ames (426) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Pours dark with an espresso like foam head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, milky cream, coffee, dark with semi sweet malts, mild smoke or toasted tones, and cocoa. In the flavor I picked up on bitter cocoa, mild bitter espresso taste, soft sweet sugar, toasted malts, vanilla, and some booze. The finish has a medium blend of coffee and hop bitterness, with a roasted malt taste, and booze. Overall a good beverage and I?d like to enjoy this again.
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jay. Pours a thin dark brown with dark brown foam. Smells slightly sweet with hints of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Tastes roasty, with a surprising amount of tannins, hints of coffee, vanilla, and bit of root beer.
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with a good beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, dates, figs. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, starts sweet on the palate with a roasty and slightly astringent finish. Flavour is chocolate, vanilla, toast, caramel, dark fruits.
MrFecesious (942) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hog shack bottle share. Almost black, and scarce ruby, tan cap. Aroma of cocoa, licorice, plum, chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter in the best kind of balance. Creamy, smooth.
dfroms (231) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a deep reddish black-chocolate color. Aroma is cocoa with intense berry-like fruitiness. Taste is roast and chocolate with hints of strawberry, caramel, and burnt bread. Fairly light mouth feel for an imperial stout. Pretty good, but not worth the hype, in my opinion.
biggsbowler (260) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles - Pours a very dark brown. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and anise. The taste is a bitter, dark chocolate plus coffee and some dark fruit. The body is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.
bierenjoyer1 (53) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Peabodyís in Boone, NC. Immediate scent of malt, chocolate, toffee, rich coffee...like nearly fresh ground. Color is...dark!...like George Carlin used in a Saturday Night Live skit years ago. Amazing full flavor of chocolate, coffee, some toffee, a hint of molasses. Palate is saying...continue to enjoy this beer and overall....heck yes..I am getting this beer again!
HonusWagner (1357) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty solid, if not spectacular American RIS, leaning towards chocolate and sweetness rather than roast or any notable hop profile/bitterness. Donít get much fruit either.