ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz (2012 vintage) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a wondrously pitch black color. However, there’s hardly any head. Any vestiges of a tan-colored head fade quickly and leave almost no lacing. Really, we’ve got to start talking about alcohol legs when we get to this gravity. And they’re pretty impressive.
S: Tons of bourbon, augmented by dark fruits and vanilla. Not much in the way of roasted malts; it pretty much hits on the sweeter aspects of a good imperial stout, rather than the more savory ones. It’s really not that boozy for 15%, either. Not the strongest aroma ever (due to the low carbonation), but incredibly evocative.
T: Sweet? Yes. Boozy? Yes. The flavor I notice first are stewed plums, raisins, and figs - this has a hell of a dark fruit note to it. Ultimately, it will finish with its trademark bourbon character and vanilla-infused chocolate. A slight note of smokiness will appear after a while. It’s warm, yes, but given its gravity, the booze could be a lot worse. Basically, it has the hallmark character of a proper boozy beer - an alcohol character that blends with the flavor profile instead of clashing. This definitely bears a passing resemblance to FW Parabola, only with a lot more in the way of finesse and balance. The only thing missing is some complexity; thankfully, what’s there is very enjoyable to savor slowly.
M: The finish is ultra syrupy, wet, and sweet. Very creamy in its palate texture, aided by the subtle (at best) carbonation. Some oak tannins come out in the late aftertaste in an attempt to dry the palate a little, but to no avail. This really is the type of beer that sits indolently on the tongue with massive, thick sweetness. You will NOT drink this quickly, so don’t even dare - just veg over it for an hour or two and everything will be peachy keen.
O: Well, what more can be said? It’s a big monster, but with enough deftness and sophistication to help give it a little extra ’something’. On the other hand, there is enough harshness to suggest this needs to lay down in the cellar for a bit. Regardless, this is something everyone should try at least once in their life.
stevoj (3535) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Catch up rating from Saturday’s RIS bottle share. Big boozy aroma, taste with plenty of burn. Muddy, black pour, kind of dull, but looks as expected. Sip slowly to savor the flavor, but not slow enough to singe your nose hairs with the burn. Will warm you up fast.
George999 (335) - Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 2015 from the bottle is dark chocolate brown with very little light penetration, the aroma is bourbon and oak, the taste is a rich chocolate with a little bit of raisin overtones and deep malty flavor, the mouthfeel is velvety thick and very very smooth. The finish is like a bourbon with a warm alcohol feel that lingers in the back of the throat.
Bierridder_S (547) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
27/03/2016 - 33cl bottle shared by Jürgen Simoen @ Estaminet & Brouwerij d’Oude Maalderij.
Dark brown to black with just a small lacing. Nose is some toffee, vanilça, huge alcohol. Taste is chocolate, toffee, lots of booze, burning like hell. Way too heavy on the booze. On the second sip, I thought, maybe if I’m at ease @home I would like it more, but not for this time. However, thanks to Jürgen for sharing this. Another Inbev rating, I didn’t pay for.
pumpmaster (1340) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $9.99 Excellent!
punkska101 (1536) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2016 Bottle shared with douchs courtesy of Alex thx mate A: chocolate, licorice, caramelized sugars, dates, alcohol, bourbon App: pitch black small beige head. T/p: full body with sweet medium long finish. Some warmness from the alcohol. Soft carbonation. O: really an amazing brew. Big, powerful all the flavours are really well integrated. Better than sex.
Malin_aiisa (590) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught at NYC Craft beer festival.
Dark black, brown head
aroma of vanilla chocolate bourbon
taste velvet smooth, vanilla, sweet slight chocolate
mateuszk (1583) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 4, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, v2012 (drunk in 2014). Pours pitch black with small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roastiness, molasses - great blend with bourbon dominating but not overwhelming other notes. In taste medium sweet, full of vanilla, wood, chocolate and coffee. Full bodied, bold, smooth mouthfeel. Finish is roasty and bitter. Ideal mix of dominant bourbon and other RIS notes.
Same batch drunk in 2015 - bourbon notes much less dominant, the beer was much more balanced, all flavours were more blended. Still great but I prefer more fresh version myself.
NordicV (1749) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från 2012. Svart öl med ett lättare brunt skum. Doft av malt, choklad, lättare rostade toner och bourbon med inslag av vanilj. Samma återkommer i smaken. Mjuk och balanserad trotts den höga alkoholhalten. Lagringen har nog bidragit till detta.
zinneke (196) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap at hoppyloft brussels, aroma is huge, bourbon, molasses, toffee, caramel, alcohol. Taste is very sweet, very thivk smooth mouthfeel. Amazing bourbon stout finish. Prefer when it’s aged more, 2014 bottles are an even bigger blast.
King_Alex_II (1025) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color with brown foam head. Round vanilla barrel nose and light smoke. The taste is spikey with a light chili spiciness, vanilla and smoke. The aftertaste is calm, roasty and with a bit of chocolate.