Clownoisseur (222) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 32 oz. Free State growler (thanks Dustin!) into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Sits in the glass, near black, but has some transparency to it....thin mocha head. Aromas are of roasted malt, molasses/maple syrup and a little bit of booze...all very light, imo. Nothing robust about this nose. The taste is a different story. A work of art, really. Has very nice hints of anise, coffee and chocolate flowing over the roasted malts. A very nice sweetness to this gives me hints of maple syrup and oak....maybe a dash of vanilla in there. The slick and oily mouthfeel gives this one the texture I desire...yet it keeps a medium thickness to the body. Not "heavy" like some other Imperial Stouts...just balanced. The finish lasts a mile! The barrel character is so in synch with the profile that you don’t really notice it until the very back end....waaay back. A slight warming feeling. Very, very nice beer!
Sarlacc83 (806) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Douglas. Thanks!
A: Pitch black with a thin ring of cappuccino head. Great legs.
N: Chocolate, char, vanilla. Touch of soy, prune, and licorice.
T: Hefty bitterness with a sweet backing. Black licorice comes to mind. Tasty.
M: Oily with a very heavy and dense mouthfeel.
O: Reminiscent of Expedition. Recommended; I’m glad to have tried this.
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a yellowish brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has a combination of sweet and bitter chocolate supported by dark grains, a bit of roast and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor has sweet dark grains and chocolate up front that are balanced in the finish by bitter chocolate, dark grains, a bit of roast and a hint of dark fruits.
M82 (296) - Kansas, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at KC Beer Fest 2013, huge, velvety dark chocolate dominates on a silky smooth, rich body with enough carbonation to keep this monster moving
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-still-black that sheets. A-sweet roasty/molasses-dk malt, whiskey. T-follows. Nice.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at GTMW 2013 - Wow...no line for a RB top 100 beer. Crazy. Pours black with a tan ring of head. Nose is sweet, with brown sugar, soy sauce, and medium roast. Same taste--real sweet with brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, and a little bourbon. Thick, slick, and low carbonation. I missed this one a couple of fests ago, and I think I would have liked it better then.
MotherBrother (728) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ GTMW 13.
Pour is black, with a reddish hue, and have no head to it at all.
The aroma is packed with chocolate, coffee, licorice and some dark fruity notes.. Slight boozy with faint woody notes. The taste is pretty sweet, with a light roasted bitterness.
The body is somewhat (compared to "Imp. stouts") thin/watery, but with an oily texture, and a rather flat carbonation. Pretty nice and complex.
djakbar (1) - Westmont, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great stout. Dark Lord type quality if not better. Very smooth. Lots of complex aromas. Was the best thing we had at 2013 great taste.
shigadeyo (3026) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/19/2011: Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout... Aroma: Red wine
(Merlot); creamy vanilla tannins; suggestions of alcohol; vanilla-like
barrel char. Appearance: Ruby-tinged dark brown color; fairly still
(little carbonation). Flavor: Lots of maltiness (caramel, roasted)
with a great level of residual sweetness; deep, complex red wine;
vanilla; soft barrel char; hint of vanilla and whiskey alcohol in the
finish. Palate: Medium-full to full body; smooth, milky texture;
coats the mouth; slips down easily. Overall: Delicious and still
going quite strong; too easy to drink for such a BIG beer!
12 fl. oz. hand-bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating
#233 for this beer.
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to peteinSD for the hand bottle - dark brown, nearly black - quite a viscous pour - a lot of character from the whiskey barrel in the nose - toasted coconut, vanilla - the qualities of the whiskey itself are deep and rich in the aroma, so much so that it is momentarily easy to forget I’m sniffing a beer - despite this, there is nothing overpowering, boozy, or abrasive about the aroma - slick mouthfeel - quite sweet up front, but there is a fair amount of char, roast, and bitterness to counter - bittersweet chocolate and espresso - whiskey is apparent, but unlike the aroma, it becomes a little hot and boozy in the finish - lingering sweetness and alcohol heat - it’s still quite good - not worth going through all the trouble many people go through to get it, but still good.