MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Beer Engine in Lakewood 8-2-09. Served in a glass mug, which at $2.00 for the glass, it was quite a bargain...unlike the beer. At like $9.00, it was well worth it honestly. The aroma is rather relaxed, notes of coffee are well hidden with the vanilla and oak scents. The flavor is equally relaxed, but the coffee is still there. It has this amazing buttery-nutty taste to the coffee flavor, not the burnt coffee flavor that is often in the big stouts. It really has mellowed nicely and doesn’t come off ’hot’ at all, even for the 11.2% which snuck up on me like the Hillside Strangler.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Pours like black tar with a thin, brown ring around the edge of glass.
Aroma: Dark, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, and bourbon.
Taste: Dark roasted malt, coffee, a little alcohol, raisin, light bourbon notes, and bittersweet dark chocolate.
Palate: Low carbonation with a rich mouthfeel and amazingly short finish.
Overall: The alcohol is well hidden and the bourbon blends nicely (not overpowering like some). Simply put: one of the best impys I’ve had. A must try!
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to the folks at Hopcat for this. Pours black with a 5mm chocolate milk head. Aroma is big. Chocolate hits first, then the whiskey notes of smoke and some tar, roasted malt, bbq, dark fruits. Flavour is full. Smoke, wood, coffee, chocolate. Fairly intense espresso finish. Some alcohol is felt when it warms a little. Thick body. Definitely a sipper. Can’t quite put my finger on what I feel is lacking, but it’s not perfect.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled side by side with the Canadian version. I was happy to see the differences between both, and after all was said and drank the KBS faired better with me. Upfront aroma of strong coffee, burnt malt, and blended whiskey. Notes of chocolate, raisin and nuts came through. Opaque dark brown body with low carbonation, a pencil thin head and spotty lacing. Loved the overall taste of this one, a really strong and robust blend of heavy malts, bittering hops, and smooth whiskey. Typical imperial stout taste that is moved up a level or two across the board. Roasted, burnt grains and plenty of coffee with a woody nutty almost fruity aftertaste. Drinks slow and deserves to be done so. Heavy and good. A wonderful treat.
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Wow. If I only had one thing to say it would be wow. Poured from a bottle with virtually no head and is very, very dark. The taste unparalleled. The aroma is amazing. I actually started laughing after smelling this beer in anticipation of the taste. Has a tingly aftertaste. You can taste and smell a hint of coffee. This was truly nailed on the head. Wow. As close to perfect as a beer can get.
baggio (326) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apperance: Pitch black with a small beige head.
Aroma: Roasted grain, Coffee, Bourbon, Vanilla.
Flavor: Chocolate, Espresso, Bourbon, Grain, Dark caramel.
Palate: Very smooth with low carbonation. Body is a bit thin.
A great stout that lacks a bit in body and malt to be world class. Still very good and well worth a try!
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma is huge bourbon, wood, chocolate and coffee, awesome!
Flavor is much the same. Huge bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and more bourbon in the finish. This is a huge wonderful beer, I would love to have more of this sitting in the fridge, what a treat! An amazing beer!
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Adrian. God this beer is amazing. The nose is liking smelling a glass of bourbon. Huge woody with massive dark chocolate and coffee. The bourbon nose is just insane. Flavor is rich dark chocolate up front. Then big woody vanilla notes of bourbon and a dry super roasty coffee finish and another warming dose of bourbon. This is a sipping beer. Its not shy on the alcohol burn but man this is tasty stuff. Decadent
deyholla (8123) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 On tap a MBG Summer Festival. Poured black with a dark brown thick head. Aroma was full of dark chocolate and coffee notes and the bourbon is light but balances well. The flavor was full of delicious dark flavors throughout and complimented by a growing strength throughout. A truly amazing beer.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is looker, especially in a Burgundy glass. Coffee, sweet vanilla, and a chocalte bhip cookie (still in the oven) climb out of the glass. The booze has faded a little on this current release. Similar to regular breakfast, maybe a with a little more time in the gym. The mouthfeel has put on some considerable weight and the dark chocolate and toasted nut has evovled to more than a light fade. The bourbon shows itself with a soft suggestion of sour mash with a burnt sugar and a dose of whiskey strength. You won’t have to guess if it’s there or not. In the 5 or so months this has cellared, it has mellowed and the beer continues to intergrate. A year should be perfect. Drinking luxury.