Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by adneilsen (thanks Aaaron!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roastiness, coffee, cocoa, oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla and light bourbon with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler @ Ratmanís, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks! Pours a brown appearance with a thin brown head. Mild bourbon, black licorice, vanilla, dark fruity, fig, chocolate aroma. Thick , rich malty, anise, mild to moderate bourbon, raisin, plum, fig, mild caramel, dark chocolate flavor. Easy to drink and quite flavorful.
arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 64 oz growler, this was incredibly generous of Aaron! Dark black pour with creamy tan head, aroma has notes of nice caramel, toffee, roast, touch of coffee, some residual sugars, hints of slight oak, vanilla, slight tannins, touch of vanilla, this is nice. Taste is a nice mix of sweet caramel, toffee, roast, some nice dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, brownie, some vanilla bean, slight oak and whiskey, hints of slight spice, coffee and roast, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, nice thick mouthfeel. This is very, very well done.
Sledutah (3626) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by Doug, thanks. A good beer to start the night
Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruit, whiskey and woody
Taste: Roasted malts, bourbon and woody
Nice and easy drinking
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler thanks to RobertDale. Thanks for the hook-up! Pours a deep, clear cola/ruby with weak head formation. A small, tan layer of foam. Nose is alcohol, tomato, sugar, walnuts. Taste is rum, tomato, vanilla, sugar, vodka. Palate is spicy, boozy, alcohol sweetness. I would reclassify this as American Strong Ale, nothing Imperial Stout about this I can detect. Almost dumbfounding.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks, GT! Nose has chocolate and some general sweetness. Some brown sugar. Fairly thin. Quite dry. Some molasses character.
MikeJslc (630) - USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, tan head. Aroma of biscuity malt, baker's chocolate, nutty notes. Flavor is huge toffee malt with burnt sugar, big bourbon character, some leathery oxidative notes, plums and raisins, a little alcoholic warmth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
64oz growler from RobertDale. thanks, Bob! pours a deep, dark brown that sits black in glass with just a razor thin ring of lace atop the edges. i was a bit put off by the aroma initially but as it warms notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, brownies, and molasses emerge with hints of smoke, wood, and bourbon coming late. flavor is great with heavy dark chocolate, cookie batter, molasses, graham crackers, and dark fruits backed by bourbon soaked fruits, ash, toffee, and earth. palate is a bit thin for an imperial stout of this magnitude with little to no carbonation and a dry, roated, cocoa finish. overall, a very tasty imperial stout but not a world beater that i expected. maybe this growler is a bit off, who knows.
peteinSD (1175) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Today is drink Owd Macs day! Growler from Bob - thanks man! Pours a dark silky black with no head. Aroma is dry roast, faded coffee grinds, chocolate, and clean, woody whiskey. Taste is chocolate, roast, and an extremely well played whiskey character that presents as background initially but grows through each sip and rounds out with excellent, dry whiskey notes and oak interspersed with the chocolate and dry roast. There is some sweetness but itís restrained and clean as compared to the sweeter "dark fruit" tones youíd expect in an imperial stout. Even with the loss of some carbonation from the growler the mouth feel is damn near perfect. Somehow understated and eye opening impressive at the same time, which in my mind is the mark of excellence.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Thanks to GT2 for sharing this growler. The beer is brown and mildly hazy with a small head. The aroma offers leather, tobacco, malt, booze. Decent flavor. Hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A pretty tasty brew, though certainly a departure from the norm for the style. Not as good as I was hoping. Would like to try another batch of this, as I heard this is usually better.