thewolf (11100) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ OzíníNZ tasting 2011. [thanks feldthaus]
Black as coal, not real head. Aroma has sweetness, sugar, vanilla, cold coffee, light bourbon. Low carbonation, fat and oily palate. Flavour is heavy alcoholic, sharp in its overwhelming sugary sweetness. Lots of vanilla. Almost impossible to drink with the intense sweetness. Lots of chocolate and mild coffee in the back though. Too much sweetness, too one-sided and too alcoholic. Why are all strong stouts incredibly sweet?
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle(thanks to Danny!) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours black with a mean looking rocky brown head. Aroma is lovely. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, very sweet smelling. Very sweet flavors, the vanilla seems to bring out more sweetness to me, to a point that itís not as roasty and balanced as the regular version. The wood takes a backseat as well. Sweet sticky bourbon and vanilla coat the tongue and linger for minutes. Good, but a tad sweet for me.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at Dasilkys with Jonno visiting from Down Under. Let this fucker warm up. Huge big warmth in the mouth. Rich sweetness. Vanilla balances nicely with coffee/cocoa strength of the brew. Rather light mouthfeel for such a big brew.
harrisoni (13156) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Yan and Mes. Black. Lasting tan head. Intense aroma vanilla intense. Intense in mouth. Oily. Way too hot on finish. Too much and too hot. Good in very smal doses
peteinSD (1334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy Josh - thank you! Slick and oily appearance with a tiny halo of tan foam hugging the edges of the glass. Light but steady carbonation. Aroma is big, wet bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt, and some lingering raisin through the end. Very thick and smooth feel in the mouth. Taste is bourbon up front followed by vanilla and a dominant sweetness/raisin flavor with the bourbon coming back toward the finish and finally lingering alcohol. As the beer warms I get some chocolate in middle of the taste. Definite sipper with the sweetness distracting somewhat from the bourbon. Good beer but I prefer both the regular and coffee over this version.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL. The pour is jet black ink with not much of a head. Here the big sugar content causes the beer to stain the glass like Dark Lord rather than produce big legs like BCS Rare. The aroma is the same as the Rare up front: raisins, dark fruits, licorice, fruit cake. But moves along to more licorice and something grape-like rather than morphing into something greater. The taste is sticky sweet, what is trying to creep out as spicy alcohol is muted. Little but present alcohol warming. Palate is thick, oily, but does not come across as superlative like some BCS varieties and vintages. Seems fizzier and less robust. I definitely prefer regular two year old BCS.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big thanks to Dosbeerigos for sharing this. A perfect imperial stout. Aroma is slightly boozy with a good amount of vanilla bean and cream. Appearance is pitch black with a small brown head, good lacing. Taste is slightly sweet and boozy. Ton of vanilla with hints of milk lactose. Incredible.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Bottle; all round tastings @ Euston Tap, thanks to Nate
Aroma is bitter espresso; cream, coffee and chocolate. Taste is oak, wood chips, vanilla, ctirus big US hops, mocha, rich syrup source, dark Belgian chocolate and a lot bourbon booze flowing through. Bloody awesome and one for the fire on a winter night. Just a tad too aggressive for me but I think I was pissed by the time I had this.
Re-Rate, 19th January 2010 @ The Rake, Borough Market
Bottle; bomber. Opaque black in colour, mocha lacing. Aroma is espresso, vanilla, oak, burnt toast, marzepan and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, Belgian truffles, Devonshire cream, sharp penetrating velvet, big bourbon, oak, wood chips, roasted malts, sticky toffee pudding and big booze but so well measured and balanced. Damn this is a world class beer . 10 4 9 4 18 4.5
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, dense, deep black with a moderate dark brown head that lasted through the first two sips and left scant lace. The aroma is simply exquisite with ample vanilla, bourbon, caramel, oak, and chocolate. Just amazing. The flavor is similar to the aroma and is filled with delicious vanilla, bourbon, caramel, oak, chocolate and coffee. There is some definite booziness at the finish and noticeable alcohol warmth, but I think that enhances this beer given its richness and depth. Reminds me in some ways of a fine liqueur. Full bodied with a dense, silky mouthfeel. This is delicious. Virtual perfection.
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Bottle at Euston Tap. Big thanks Nate. Oil black pour, beige head. Huge caramel, brownie, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol on the nose. Insanely rich flavor, plenty of bourbon, brown sugar, more caramel and vanilla, rich chocolate cake. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Lots of warmth to finish, slight sting, mocha, beany vanilla, bourbon. So, so good.