lobonator (19) - Copenhagen, - JAN 21, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best tasting Imperial Stout Iíve ever had. Expected a stout with a lot of liquor/bourbon character, instead was treated to perfection. Aroma initially winey. Appearance jet black, little foam as expected for this style. Taste smooth, warming, like chocolate. Silky. Very complex. An enjoyable experience.
Metalchopz (2730) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Albertson in Vegas. Bottled on 20OCT15, batch 1918, 2015 edition. Poured an almost pitch black colour with a darker brown head that fizz away rather quickly, but not bad for such a high alcohol content. No lacing is left. Aromas of bourbon with the cherry notes, dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, nuts and hints of smoke. Taste of the rich dark fruits with the roasted malts and light hops. Lots going on everywhere, but everything is so well-blended that this is a beautiful Imperial stout.
Wittales (744) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance was opanqe with thin tiny creamy mocha head, no lacing. Aromas are bourbon, chocolate, toffee, soft coffee and vanilla, slight heat in nose. Taste are bourbon upfront then chocolate, caramel backing with slight hints vanilla and port-like fruitiness. Finishing with chewy sweetness of malts with bourbon balanced heat. Palate was soft CO2 with full-rich body with oily chewy lovely balanced finish. Overall a stellar stout, opens up with temperature. Iam going to age a few.
cvance11 (3) - - NOV 30, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer absolutely stands up to the hype. Completely black in color, aromas of caramel and vanilla are intense. It is incredibly smooth to drink, rich in flavor, with an almost creamy texture. By far the best bourbon stout I've ever experienced.
wombat23 (46) - Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. 2015 version. 14.3% ABV. Black color with dark tan head, which almost disappears immediately. Bourbon dominates the noise at cooler temps; as it warms, chocolate and coffee are detected as well. Tastes strongly of bourbon at first. But again, as it warms, other flavors begin to come through: oak, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, subtle vanilla notes, and a hint of smoke. Will try this again after aging (would expect the bourbon flavor to mellow). A slow sipper for sure.
darbeer75 (36) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: straight bourbon with notes of vanilla; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that completely disappears quickly; Taste: strong bourbon with aftertaste of coffee and malt; some smokiness; definitely unlike any beer Iíve tried before; Palate: full body, average carbonation, long and sweet finish; Overall: delicious if you like bourbon; rich, complex, strong; a bit harsh around the edges that will probably mellow with time; would definitely buy again.
Natai (121) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like black oil with very little head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, and coffee with hints of cocoa, nut, and licorice. Smooth and oily on the palate. Excellent.
Cousin_Larry (719) - - NOV 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a bottle of 2015 thanks to jerkane. Good chocolate, coffee, and bourbon flavor. A little overhyped IMO.
Changed (448) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2015 bottle, bottled 18 September. Pours viscous black, small brown head, no lacing. Aroma is raisins, campfire, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is much the same. Sweet, boozy, warming, not hot, the alcohol is very well hidden. Can you call a 14% beer drinkable? This one, you can. Complex, exceptionally well balanced. Will have to grab a few more bottles to age, if I can hold out.
saltyseadog (1) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
AROMA Bourbon, pitch and ethanol followed by chocolate milk, chocolate syrup and baking chocolate.
APPEARANCE Black coffee with dense chocolate milk head. Just a trace of lacing with very brief head retention.
TASTE Chocolate, unbleached cane sugar, maple syrup, and a hint of buttercream. Unexpectedly sweet with bourbon and alcohol burn on the finish.
PALATE Heavy, malty, rich, well carbonated, coats the mouth and hangs on a good long time after a sip.
OVERALL Very well integrated, complex, sweet, dessert-like, thoroughly drinkable. An unmistakably sweet beer, balanced with malt, roasty coffee bitterness, rich creamyness and lingering bourbon heat. Packs a punch, so much going on and so many contrasting elements to enjoy. A renowned beer worthy of the considerable praise heaped upon it. Great stuff, love to try some of the limited variants some day.
fuzzcro (45) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent in every way except I donít understand the difference in ABV. My bottles are saying 13.7 ABV which is a far cry from the listed 15 % Iím still happy with what I have...just puzzled. This is one of my first purchases of a new release and itís quite exciting in itself.