Frank (3470) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This stuff smells bad but it tastes OK. Probably most people who like barrel aged imperial stouts will like it just fine... but if you are willing to admit you like barrel aged imperial stouts it’s either 2007 or there is something wrong with you. This is a dark and headless brew. It smells like break, booze and soy cause--I cringed a little. It tastes pretty good though once you get past the initial shock of smelling it. It’s sweet, rich and raisiny with a bit of cherry and coconut. It’s syrupy and thick but not as bad as many beers of the style so I will give it a pass in that category. Still, if I have to drink this stuff again, it will be out of the bottle and through a straw.
onceblind (5726) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep black pour with a thin rocky light khaki head. Big syrupy nose of dark chocolate and molasses and licorice and brown sugar and rich oak nuances. Flavor carries the same notes of syrupy roasted black malt and molasses and brown sugar and loads of sweet and sticky dark chocolate, but also has some barrel notes of vanilla and huge amounts of oak-y coconut, with a bit of bourbon and more dark sweet chocolate. Amazing.
Concealer (963) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at barrel room. Clear dark red brown with a small brown head. Opaque in the glass. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and light wood. Flavor is the same. Full bodied, oil consistency. Smooth with a dry, roasty, slightly bitter end.
bytemesis (4750) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2015 Bottle from 2011 - thanks to adnielsen! Pours inky black, small dark brown head that dissipates leaving a ring and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, molasses, licorice, some vinous mustiness, whiskey. Flavor is light plus sweet, a hint of vinous tartness; tastes more like a wine barrel aging actually, roast, cocoa, anise, molasses, some whiskey, oak tannins. Medium plus body, lingering acidity. Interesting. Not sure if this is infected or not, but its not bad either way.
ClarkVV (4348) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle number 2294, drunk 4/9/15
That’s great they put the bottle number but no date! And here I thought we were past the non-dating our specialty releases....So, no idea the age on this one....
Deep, dark ebony pour yields a large light tan head that is very well-retained. Nice, that’s encouraging to see.
I tried this at room temp (about 65 degrees) and chilled (50 degrees) and I much preferred the chilled serving. In both aroma and flavor its just massively vinous. Prunes, treacle, heavy char and massively oily, acidic tannin. The cooler temperature helps alleviate some of this, allowing the lightly chocolatey, moderately sweet yeti to break through. The body is comforting, rather oily/slick but also bolstered by the tight carbonation and large malt bill. On one hand, I like that it’s not a mouth full of bourbon. The barrel used seems to be at least 2nd generation and so it’s just more actual charred/toasted oak character and less boozy whiskey. That being said, the acidity builds up more and more on the palate and even slowly sipping half of the bottle became a chore after a while, despite my pairing it with a cigar. Hate to say it, but this sure would be ALOT better if it had been aged 9 months instead of 20!
Steve_0 (3424) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stong Ale Fest - 2015. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big milk chocolate, woody, burnt sugars, caramelly, coffee, vanilla, toffee, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is big roast, light smoke, some brown sugar, figgy, light bourbon, prunes, wood and cocoa nibs with a lightly bittersweet finish. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Delicious.
RRistow12 (455) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from draft. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasty, bourbon. Taste is similar with coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, smoke, vanilla, bourbon. Not much oak flavor. Very smooth and full bodied beer. I actually prefer the oak yeti and espresso yeti to this. Excellent beer still though.
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GRM (3337) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, light lacing; nose: woody, light bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, light smoke, toffee; mouth: woody, light bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, light smoke, toffee, light acridness, light ashy, ashy finale with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brun foncé, légère dentelle; nez : boisé, léger bourbon, malt torréfié, chocolat, alcool, café, léger fumé, toffee; bouche : boisé, léger bourbon, malt torréfié, chocolat, alcool, café, léger fumé, toffee, légère âcreté, léger cendré, finale cendrée avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien
kidobutai (534) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Black color, small head but amazing lacing. Terrific aroma, chocolate and vanilla. Creamy and just the right ABV.
Boutip (5215) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes easily noticeable. Taste is also dominated by woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon with light warming alcohol. Black chocolates notes with subtle roasted malt are also discernable. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes are also perceptible. Truly a world-class beer that I wouldn’t mind having again.