SetauketBrewer (53) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing example of barrel aging. Bottle Iím drinking is from 2013 so has had almost an extra two years in the bottle. Great aroma of coffee and molasses with a hint of smoke all neatly packaged into oak. Jet black pour with negligible tan head. Smooth as smooth can be with deep roasted coffee providing flavor and bitter. Slight sweet black tar molasses with wood and smoke dancing around it. Can definitely see why this is so sought after.
oh6gdx (21122) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught@SBWF2014. FINALLY. After years of looking for this beer and keeping missing it on various places I got to taste it. Pitch black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is liquorice, some alcohol, mild roasted malts along with coffee and some slight vanilla as well. Flavour is very similar in a very nice balance. Thick. Big. Yet so nicely balanced.
thomashall (179) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark brown almost black. Smells of roasted malts chocolate with slight bourbon. Taste the same with some sweet toffee and caramel notes. Very smooth. Awesome beer.
coldbrewky (1461) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Dutch with a lunch of chilli over rice. Yum. The only slight I can state is that I wish the nose was stronger an a bit lustier. Rich and sultry body with just the right head. Sticky fingers of lacing return to the black liquid base as if it never wished to be apart.
zvikar (3881) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of chocolate, Chipotle, spices, caramel, brandy, whiskey, vanilla, roasted, flavor of chocolate, coffee, spices, brandy, whiskey, great roasted tones, full bodied, amazing.
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a deep opaque oily black color forming a small but creamy beige head with medium retention that leaves some spotty and molasses lacings in the glass
S: The smell is just perfect. Sweet and molasses. Delicious roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. The smell of oak is absolutely delicious. Iíve gave 5, but I would give it 10 if I could! :p
T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, candy sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Strong and delicious roast bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden
M: Heavy, dense, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Complex sweet and roasted aftertaste
O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece
[ BA Review @ 9/20/2013 ]
evergreen0199 (2173) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin beige head on top. Sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate aroma. Tastes similar, slightly sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, rich, smooth and utterly delicious. Great Imperial stout from Founders, so glad to find it on tap in New York City.
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a pitch black color. Great aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a bourbon feeling. Great flavor of roasted and biscuity malt, coffee and chocolate, thereís also a bourbon feeling. Full body, liquorous texture. I canít say I like it better than regular breakfast stout but it is as good, which is very good.
gyllenbock (5074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at SBWF 2014.
Black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon, coffee and light dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and some light dark fruit. Really smooth and nicely drinkable. Very well balanced, what a great beer! Well worth the hype. I am glad that I finally got the chance to try this one.
olsvammel (3635) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty smell with chocolate and coffee. Sweet malty taste with coffee and chocolate. Very nice and well made. Well balaned. Great beer.