tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to a very generous Surly Darkness Day attendee whose handle I can’t remember at the moment. What an awesome beer. I think the only thing preventing a better score is my bias toward Goose Island BCS. Aroma is heavy bourbon, molasses, coffee, vanilla bean and oak. Pour is deep black with an alluring thin tan head. Flavor is smooth bourbon, oak, coffee and big complex malt. Sweat up front and slightly bitter finish. Keep it a little chilled though, as mine is getting warmer the alcohol is shining through.
0110x011 (20) - Dana Point, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black into a snifter. Thin, wispy tan head disappears faster than the stock market’s value. Big coffee & bourbon on the nose. A quick swirl leaves a thin sheet on the sides of the glass, and allows notes of vanilla, chocolate, fig, and leather to appear. Coffee and bourbon dominate at cellar temp, but warming brings an incredible bouquet of flavors, with more chocolate, vanilla, and tobacco. Thick and full bodied, but not too syrupy or viscous. Silky smooth, this goes down incredibly easy, with only a light alcohol burn in the long finish.
Absolutely incredible. Nectar of the gods. Beer like this makes me happy I’m alive.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aromas of bourbon, oak, earth, roast, and mild dark chocolate. Pours black with a tan head that settles into a ring. Good amount of oak and bourbon, roasted and burnt malts, light chocolate too. Lingering oak and dark roast. Creamy smooth with nice warming effects from the bourbon. Delicious.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle courtesy of drewbeerme, thanks Andrew. Very dark pour, tan head. Very woody aroma, roasty malts as well. Aroma of vanilla as it warms. Very tasty, vanilla and oak flavor , very warming as well. So glad to have finally been able to try this.
beerdetox (15) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed this release at the MI brewers guild fest in July of this year. Amen brother! A heavenly beer. Must be a recipe from god (or who ever you worship...)
LiquorLocker (2) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great pour. Thick dark roasted chocolate & coffee, almost chewable. Heavy malty sweetness. Wonderful brew to sip with with a friend.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 In short: A big roasted coffee chocolaty and woody imperial stout. Excellent, way above average
How: Bottle 12oz. Iíve had it many times before but Iím finally rating one. This one is a 1 year bottle given to me by dmac 1 year ago, thanks a lot Dave.
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is roasted and black coffee. Taste is more of the same. Sweet cacao upfront, roasted coffee beans, alcohol moderately apparent, some black chocolate, rather sweet, brown sugar, molasses hint, low on the fruity side of things, low-profile hops with mild bitterness. Only a light barrel presence. This truly is a superior Imperial Stout but I had it next to the Expedition Stout of the same age (1 year old) and honestly the KBS doesnít hold a candle to the Expedition, unless of course you stick a candle in the KBS bottle but then you wonít be able to drink it
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I actually had this one a few time before have the non BA breakfast. This is some beer, I really enjoy it. Lots of bourbon and creamy with vanilla and oak. Lots of bitter coffee and rich dark cocoa. Sticky body and pitch black.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of bourbon and day old coffee rinds. Tastes like someone dumped Sanka and Guinness into a whiskey barrel then filtered it through an ash tray.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Crown #15, in Fishers, IN. Pours like black coffee, from the bottle, raising a thin, creamy dark cocoa head that leaves cascading, patchy lace upon the snifter. The nose is of old coffee blended with bourbon and a light note of cigarette ash. This is NOT among my favorite noses on an imperial stout. As I see all of the 8s & 9s running down this page, I have to wonder if I have a poorly handled bottle or if my nose is just off this evening. Medium-bodied and oily with a moderately astringent finish. Sweet, roasty, fruity dark malt with a sweet, oaky bourbon backing and a light tobacco ashiness at the finish. This beer definitely improves as it nears room temperature, but with itís reputation, I was expecting much more. Itís good... but not great.