RussianDragon (517) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Big John McGinness himself. Pours a still opaque black with a ring of beige bubbles on glass. Aroma is roast, char and chocolate bitterness. Flavor is massive: roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate and an oak smokiness. Silky mouthfeel. A sipper.
MWMBeerguy (127) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially i got a hint of booze aroma the instant I opened the cap and thought "oh boy!" But in the glass this has a wonderful chocolate aroma over a firm maltiness. Tastes smooth and sweet with a little warmth. Much lighter palmate than expected.
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ThirstyBird (1707) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to koelschtrinker for sharing this one! Pours a totally opaque black/brown with brown head. The smell is cocoa, licorice, port, molasses. Taste follows the smell with the addition of some bourbon, a little burn ending dry with a bit of char. Nice fine carbonation, the body is medium/full and slick. Super stuff!
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from BrookFalls Discount with a 12/11/12 bottle date. Pours an inky black with a brown head leaving some spots of lace. Aroma has molasses, cocoa, caramel and some licorice. Somewhat roasty and strong. Taste is of sweet choco/caramel, molasses, some bittersweet bakers chocolate, a bit of grape. Thick and sweet, with the light bitter undertone. Full bodied. Finishes heavy, quite sweet and with some alcohol. Shrug thick and solid. Could use more roast in the body for better flavor.
mstrcrwly (346) - New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought 22 oz bottle this past spring..dated 12/7/12..Jet black pour with great tan head..aroma of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee..tastes like it smells..alcohol is there but not overwhelming..after 15 months..worth the wait.
GenDV138 (1835) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours black with around a half finger of tan head. Some brown hues around the edges of the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit including raisins, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, roast, molasses. A bit of booze but fairly smooth. Full body with a dry finish. Oily syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very nice.
BrewBoxer (2156) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the growler NYC. Pours a dark black color . Deep heavy malty coffee taste. Decent tasty flavorful body with a great aftertaste. Really good
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DrSilverworm (6982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster on tap at Lackman, 2011 vintage. Black color. Good thin brown head. Decent lace. Nice dark chocolate, cocoa nibs in the nose. Hint of dark fruit, coffee, more dark fruit in the flavor, hint of molasses. Moderate sweet taste, alcohol is well-hidden. Lighter bitterness, bigger body, nice chewiness. Good creamy mouthfeel, very light smooth creamy carbonation. Vinous, kind of raisiny notes in the finish. Solid, complex 3 year old imperial stout. Very nice texture and creaminess to it, silky smooth.
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep rich burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Nice chocolate brownie batter on the nose with underlying roasted earth. The palate folllows the nose with a bit more vanilla presence and even a salty umami quality that emerges later in the palate and lingers in the finish.
_angst_ (3061) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to summer santa 2013. Thank you jsquire! Pours viscous reddish black with a small frothy dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, banana bread, vanilla ice cream, alcohol, salty liquorice candy, raisins, oatmeal cookies, caramel, soil and sweetened dark roast coffee. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly estery with roasted malts, ripe banana, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream (essentially banana split), dark roast coffee, toffee, caramel, oatmeal cookies, sweet liquorice candy, vanilla fudge, alcohol and hay. Mouthfeel is round, soft, silky, tiny bitter astringent and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, banana bread, vanilla fudge, hay, alcohol, toffee, moist soil, raisin brans and oatmeal cookies. Must confess I expected less but this is a very tasty and nicely estery imperial stout and the mouthfeel is BCBS good.