Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Blah. Nothing Imperial about this one. Sourish, watery, boring.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Today me and my friend did a side by side of this an BCS.
Pours pitch black with hints of brownish reddish edges. Has a pretty active caramel colored head that rises to the top of my Duvel glass.
Has a good bourbon oak scent, not as intese as the BCS but good nonetheless. There are also hints of molasses and vanilla.
The mouthfeel isnít as thick as others but the flavors are the standard, nice oak and bourbon flavors mix with layers of malt and chocolate bitterness. I have a cut on my lip and it is burning from this alcohol, though the alcohol doesnít make a huge presence in the flavor.
This is a great ass barrel aged stout, may not be the pinnacle of the style but it is worthy if you can get ahold of it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2009 03:45:59
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted said-by-side against the BA version, sampled in a snifter:
Poured a deep black hue with a small tight head which faded but left good but spotty lacing.
The aroma has notes of heavy charred and chocolate malting, light espresso, moderate piney and grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters.
The taste is starts with a nice roasted overtone with the mocha and coffee tone shining though. I get more hop bitterness in this non-aged version which makes it a lot more drinkable and not over sweet. Finishes with just a touch of plum and prune flavors. I honestly like the flavor profile of the regular version more than the BA version.
The mouth feel of this beer is thinner and not as developed as the BA version, seems watery in comparsion. A bit asrengtent as well in the end.
Honestly this is very average when it comes to impy stouts, to weak in aroma and body to reach the levels of greatness. still should you get the chance to taste side-by-side like I did, then go for it.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Black coffee, brown edges, large foamy beige head, enjoyable lacing. † Burnt malts, subtle chocolate - bittersweet, with a hint of alcohol. † Plum/fig/date like start, followed by heavily roasted malts and a dash of cocoa and apple skin. † Decent body, but the mouthfeel seems less than mediocre. † Picks up coffee at the finish. † Decent, just not thick enough. † Thanks Brian M!
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pictured at the top left: Opaque black, tan head that looks like the bloom from freshly roasted coffee beans in the french press; clingy lacing. Nose of soy sauce, dark roast and fresh malts, a bit of alcohol, some toddlerish qualities. Brisk astringency, mild bitterness; Iím searching for any sweetness over those two. Finishes medium-well with with light tangy roasty notes. Kupo!
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee and roasty malts. Slightly bitter hops. Nice roasty flavors. Little milder than expected for a RIS. Good drinking stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle shared by dbsdelight at the Big Black Beer Bash 2011- thanks again, Dan the Man! I was thrilled to see this after being unsuccessful in tracking one down to match up with my Barrel Aged one. Weird that this one is so much rarer. Anyway, it pours a deep, dark cloudy brown, opaque in the middle, with a minimal tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toast, and roasted malts. Flavor follows along the same lines, with bakerís chocolate moving into dark fruits, caramel, and toast, and once again finishing with some roasted malt and coffee notes. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, sweet mouthfeel. This has held up really well for being almost 6 years old. Glad I had the opportunity to try this really nice imperial stout.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, sugar, licorice and booze. Flavour is quite boozy, with licorice, some oak - finishing boozy and oaky. The booze and oak cancels out any other complexity this beer may have otherwise had. Just drinkable.
kramer (4347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz handbottle, via Wohlfs. Pitch black body with a thin covering of dark brown head that faded to a thin ring quickly. Nice roasty nose with some alcohol, caramel, and espresso. The lightest hint of soy as well. Flavor is rather thin with roast, caramel, a little soy, carmalized dark fruits, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin with nice low fine bubbled carbonation. Finish is slightly more oily in texture. Not a bad beer, the flavor and aroma are nice, but the mouthfeel really is lacking and it all adds up to an average, at best, Imperial Stout.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with notes of grape candy and light alcohol. Flavor is roastey and smokey. Big bitter backbone runs from mid flavor through the long finish.