ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 1/1/2013. Bottle says 11.5%. 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger light tan color with poor retention. There’s splotchy hints of lacing left down the glass.
S: Hey, someone misplaced catty Simcoe hops in my imperial stout! That green, citrusy aroma is unmistakeable. Underlying roasted malts, tart fruits, and cocoa powder try to balance things out, but there’s something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please don’t carry over to the flavor...
T: It’s not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, it’s too far in the opposite direction; more on that later. A bit of roasted coffee appears initially, before ending with a lot of bright fruit sweetness and a bit of booze. The finishing hops bring along a significant grapefruit presence - actually, the finish is downright candy like in its sweetness combined with the chocolaty, fruity flavors. It’s just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, it’s too sweet at the end of the day - I really need some roasted bitterness here (if not some herbal, piny hop qualities too) to balance out the citrusy/chocolaty nature. A bit of hop harshness appears when the beer warms up, which doesn’t balance things any.
M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I expected from the base of BCBS. The finish is quite sweet and lingering, which kind of kills the drinkability in conjunction with the booze presence. Despite the sweetness, it doesn’t feel sturdy or substantial like it should.
O: Not what I was expecting. This comes across like a glorified citrus-and-chocolate dessert liquor instead of an awesomely balanced hoppy RIS; I REALLY wanted more hop and roasted bitterness. All the Simcoe dry-hopping gives it such a weird cloying flavor that’s even a bit unpleasant. Time to cork this bitch up - no way I can drink this in a single sitting. I sampled about 1 oz. from another bottle (also dated 11/19/12) and it tasted exactly the same - there’s far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. I’m still torn on whether it’s infected or just not very good, but I’m lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesn’t bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.
Dr_Fellini (454) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010. Bottle to glass. Pours a deep black color with a small creamy medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, black marker. Flavor has a bit more mild of a marker flavor, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bitter. Medium to heavy body with a lingering roasted bitter chocolate, malts, black marker. Interesting. Not at all similar to the Bourbon County it shares the base with.
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-8-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance –The beer is served a pitch black color with a tiny cream colored head. The head almost instantaneously disappears leaving a thick looking brew with some light foam islands. Upon swirling the beer in the glass its thickness can be seen with fingers of beer sticking to the side of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a mix of chocolate and darker fruits with some other aromas of caramel and coffee. Overall it is sweet and roasted with hints of alcohol linger in the background to create an overall warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and sweet flavors of caramel. Some darker fruit flavors of raisin, plum and prune quickly join these flavors and produce a quite sweet flavor overall. Notes of vanilla and some coffee follow the fruit with a little bit of hop hitting the tongue as well. These flavors are joined by a bit more roast and a decently strong alcohol taste to leave a warming and sweet flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The characteristic of the brew are quite appropriate for the style nicely complimenting the roasted and sweet flavor of the brew.
Overall – A tasty and thick imperial with lots of sweetness. One that is worth a try if you are feeling like something fairly sweet, roasty and boozy.
50belair (2338) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Chocolate bouquet. Bitter chocolate, hops?, bitter roasted malts, I guess? Not sure what all is going on here. Is it infected? Is it over hoppy. Average body and mouthfeel..
Maltser85 (284) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with thin quickly dissipating dark tan head. Cherries, bitter chocolate, roast barley on the nose. Cherry note that rolls into a bitter chocolate, back to cherry into roast back to chocolate cherry, back to sticky chocolate with almost an espresso note finish. Full body, sticky lips, excellent!
M82 (296) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle code 030610 5126 consumed 07/11/2010
Black body with minimal deep amber highlights beneath a minimal tan head, very minimal lacing
Medium to heavy malty sweet, earthy, roasty, piney, citrusy, chocolate, red and dark fruit, sweet grass, soft carbonation and a short spike of alcohol finishing out
LoFi (1594) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from first trade with kmyers8807 (have another to drink very soon), cheers buddy, backlog!
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: fruity, roasted, licorice, hard lemon candies.
Taste: licorice, some salmiak, soft roast, dark and creamy chocolate, tropical fruits like pineapple and peach, Indian palate cleanser.
Not really as tasty as I had expected.
GothGargoyle (1302) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a large beige head that mostly dissipated quickly. Aroma is raisins, coffee, toffee, molasses, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate. Full bodied, thick syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with some balancing roast. Taste is molasses, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Delicious.
MrFecesious (1010) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Pours almost black, bubbly tan cap reduces to thick rope. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, raisin, chocolate, mud. Taste is quite sweet followed by a long bitterness. Creamy and lasting dry finish.
DrewFace (799) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark thick black pour, minimal light brown head. Sweetalry caramel toffee boozy aroma. Much of the same in the flavor, caramely, boozy, very nice as it warms.
esox (1085) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thin, finishing head. Loads of raisins, dates, syrupy bread, licorice, greasy chocolate, wood, vanilla, fermented berries. Heavy flavor, loads of dryfruits, cocoa, sherry notes, some alcohol. Creamy vanilla aftertaste with balancing wooden/herbal bitterness and lingering dark chocolate. Heavy, sweet and syrupy texture. Excellent beer.