Scottishchris (409) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from beerhive. Pitch black, tan head. Dusty, charcoal, woodpile. Faint vanilla and coffee grounds. Huge vanilla front, soft carbonation with coffee and bitter graininess. Oak and chocolate. Medium-long finish. Itís a bit bonkers and like nothing Iíve had before!
kevinsenn (1434) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Meadhall. Aroma is... Holy crap! Maple, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, perfect. Taste is bitter, boozy, roasty, marshmallow. Booziness is high, but otherwise delicious.
JorgeLee (1404) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beer Hawk, the 2015 batch. Apparently the 16th best beer in the world...quite exciting! Pours dark black, quite high carbonation, brief brown foam which vanished almost immediately. Dominated by the coffee and bourbon, any roasty malt flavours or hops play a background role here. Strong vanilla, I guess from the bourbon. Strong coffee too, a bit of an aftertaste like chewing on coffee beans, grainy, bitter and a bit harsh. Itís nice. Reasonably complex I suppose. But itís dominated by all the extra stuff that wouldnít normally be in beer, the coffee and the barrel ageing. I like coffee. I like bourbon. I like chocolate quite a lot. I donít mind that oaky vanilla taste. But Iíd prefer to have a slice of chocolate cake along with a traditionally-brewed imperial stout (maybe brewed by Founders, I love their íbasicí dark beers), and a coffee the following morning.
rosenbergh (8418) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 02/12/2015. At the Molotow, Helsinki, Finland.
Iím standing in the rain outside of the super crowded bar and holding the glass in my hand. Iíve been looking for this for some time now... years I would say... and here it is. Looks black with a tiny light tan head. The aroma is amazing. Pure amazing. Whiskey sweetness, vanilla sweetness, alcohol depth, roasted malt, mild coffee notes and dark chocolate in the aroma.
The flavour is at least as amazing as the aroma is... and even more... bliss. Roasted malt, sweetness from vanilla and whiskey, mild alcohol burn, dark chocolate, mild coffee and some dark fruits in the flavour. Smooth. I love this stuff.
CraftBeerNick (1211) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, 6th June 15. Black, aroma is expresso, light liquorice and bourbon. Taste is coffee, bourbon, liquorice, molasses. Quite good, but over rated
maxifunk777 (26) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good beer not a great beer the hype is not ringing true. But just in case Iíll try another at a later date to vett out my 1st tasting response. Example of beers I enjoyed more Parabola, Big Bad Baptist,and Sunday Morning Stout.
Niall73 (2232) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours a deep black/brown with a reddy edge. Toasty, light grass, choc, vanilla, smoke, ash coffee, booze... Sweet aroma. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Treacle, booze, choc, espresso, wood, liquorice... All that you;d expect but the abv balance is off. Itís a little boozy and unbalanced. But lots of tastiness too.
Sjohnh (428) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Beer Gonzo. Which is a first - Iím excited just to see this beer in the UK! So excited that Iíve driven back extra quickly from work to make sure I get one. Feel like Indiana Jones trying to beat his opponents on the trail of an ancient relic. And just in time - got one of the last four bottles left in the shop. Anyway...very dark of course, with a caramel coloured head and nice bit of lacing. Itís thick and has an oily texture - smooth not gloopy - low carb but the alcohol keeps it lively in the mouth. On the nose I get bourbon, port, rum and coke. Flavour starts with very dark chocolate. Coffee of course, and the vanilla adds a bit of balance. Dried fruit. End result is a powerful beer but with finesse - just when you think it is going to rough you up it gives you a nice kiss instead.
Stuu666 (6179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is huge bourbon, coconut, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, taste is similar, chewy, dry, boozy.
Meilby (9444) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 355ml vintage 2015 @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, oak, vanilla and lots of coffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. If I could get my hands on this beer on a regular basis I would be a happy but poor man. Superb barrel aged imp. stout that to me is close to perfection.