club7541 (1) - - DEC 4, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured jet black , chocolate, roasty, alcohol, very Hot but good. Not at all disappointed with this one. I canít wait to try the others.
mallons72 (172) - livonia, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The perfect beer. Founders KBS comes in a close second, but this one is better balanced, more oak, more true to its name.
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose was detectable from like, three feet away as soon as I started to pour. This is definitely a Winter holiday beer. Fig, date, raisin, and cherries soaked in bourbon on the nose, some oak wood and spice in there too. Taste is phenomenal, with some leather, cigar wrapper and nuttiness adding to the aforementioned aromas. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and the flavors linger for nearly a minute. Great beer, not for everyone, a sipper and Goose Islandís best that Iíve had.
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Everything I expected and more. This will age well and be even better in a couple of years.
pressboxjoe (209) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into tulip. Started out around cellar temp. Thin tan head fades quickly to persistent ring. Opaque, though you can see through it at the margins. Aroma of peat, wood fire, vanilla. First sip is silky and vanilla, smooth as can be. Slight buzz on tongue, slight warming in throat. Medium carbonation. Incredibly easy drinking. Almost too mild or maybe i am sipping too daintily. Vanilla had checked out but checks in again. Bourbon influence is growing as it warms. This beer is growing on me over the course of a leisurely 40 minutes. I donít mind a boozy beer but those who do will really appreciate this because it is oh so lenient.
johnnymusky (307) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best imperial stout i have ever tried...alcohol very well hidden almost scary how good this tastes...i love the sweet caramel finish....damn this beer is good!
tricyclist (850) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large snifter pour of black. Aroma of alcohol and caramel mostly, some chocolate. Flavor comes through with vanilla notes and caramel with alcohol presence of course. Really a well made stout even if it is just gasoline and motor oil. Girlfriend says it tastes better than the vanilla rye, regardless if I agree or not.
junon (424) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This fucking crazy. Havenít been knocked over by a beer in a bit. Near perfection. Only place it faulters is nose. Its so dark and caramelized that it has one dominating aspect. Shoyu like. Other than that it guys all the notes fashionably. New beer added to my favourites.
darb85 (92) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great. Smooth with mild bourbon flavor finish. A little more alcohol noticed worth this one compared to other two. Alcohol prominent in nose
ebone1988 (263) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2012 vintage on tap. Itís taken too long to have it. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon barrel, licorice. Appearance is black, dark khaki head. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, oh my word. Mouthfeel is perfect, great carbonation, thick and oily, and it does this magical thing after it leaves that is hard to explain. Overall, Iíve been looking forward to this since I started drinking craft beer. Well worth the wait.