jbuskirk (624) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 3, 2015
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
After reading several reports of the Cellar #3 series bottles being infected, I began to be concerned that the bottle I had lovingly stored for months might be one of those unlucky few. When presented with a potential tragedy and financial misstep, I did what we all do. I lied to myself. "Surely, my Silva Stout won’t be infected," I said. "After all, I recycle, I eat vegetables, I put the toilet seat down." Sadly, the universe cared nothing for these niceties. It went the hell on and spoiled (at least part of) my Silva Stout. Smell was nothin’ but butterscotch. Flavor had more of the same upfront and starchy, halfway sour grains in the finish. I won’t forgive you for this, universe.
HuskerTan (772) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Butterscotch, subtle apple, vanilla.
A- Black color, dark liquid, brown slightly fizzy head.
T- Butterscotch, vanilla.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, soft finish.
O- Pretty sure this one had some mild infection going on in it. Otherwise it was all butterscotch and vanilla.
SureFaust (10) - Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cellar #3 Series, For how complex everyone has been claiming this to be I found it to be a little disappointing.
Poured like motor oil, with a nice tan head.
Flavor was just right at the front of the beer, had nice smooth chocolate, some vanilla and then the booze. Yet the aftertaste was incredibly acidic and put a huge damper in my palate. Perhaps my batch was infected, sad for my first stout from a favorite brewery.
bubbleflubber (2045) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellar #3 Series: Pours pitch black into the glass, with a wispy tan head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles and trace lacing. The nose is of a nice mixture of chocolates, caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Flavors follow suit, with many added complexities... burnt toffee, caramel, slightly soured lactose sugars, plums, butterscotch, vanilla, fresh coffee beans and woody notes. The finish is of spent toasted grains, roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate, dark stone fruit peel, oaked wood, numbing black licorice and bourbon. The juxtaposition of the texture is nice. The lactose sugars provide the main ingredient in the creamy mouthfeel, activated by plums, licorice and toasted malt, alongside a bourbon astringency. The palate ends up highly complex with a full body. It’s creamy texture, alongside dark esters, roasts, malty sweetness, and hints of burnt grains is phenomenal. The soured lactose sugars provide an underlying layer of of complexity normally not found in sweeter Impy Stouts. This comes together gorgeously, aged properly, like a cross between an English Harvest Barleywine and an Imperial Coffee Milk Stout. Thank goodness, I’m one of the lucky recipients of this awesome synergy. Prost!
Christpuncher (1968) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very complex stout to say the least. Lots of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and some fruit. Smells sort of like tequila, and I am surprised it was not aged in tequila barrels. Pours like motor oil with a thick brown head. Had at home out of a bomber. Very boozy.
DrSilverworm (8567) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Jungle Jim’s International Beerfest, from a 750ml bottle. Nearly black color -- slight red around hte edges. Nice thin tan head. Somewhat loose splotches of lace. Fantastic vanilla, bourbon, oak in the aroma. Heavier whiskey in the flavor, some tannic. Touch of dark fruit, mild dark chocolate. Nice coffee. Just a touch astringent. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, some alcohol warmth. A bit more boozy and less well-rounded than I hoped. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Interesting, tasty stuff... But for the style, expect a bigger amount of barrel character, and tannic dryness.
SlovakSniper (3908) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brassée en avril 2013 et embouteillée le 16 février 2015. Ce stout est presque noir. La mousse est épaisse mais bien troué. Au nez, réglisse, chocolat et caramel forment un trio qui se frotte à un bourbon boisé et des parfums un peu verts. En arrière-plan, il me semble bien apercevoir de la noix de coco. Le goût manque de raffinement. Le bourbon n’est pas chaud mais son côté boisé apporte une astringence qui nuit à l’épanouissement des autres saveurs. Un côté végétal vient aussi déranger l’expérience. Le corps n’est pas ce que j’avais imaginé. La texture est mince sans être aqueuse. La finale est un peu chaude avec une touche rôtie et une touche résineuse (voire même végétale/boisée).
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#79 for July 4th weekend. Poured a deep black color with aromas of deep bourbon makt, chocolate and vanila. Flavors are coffee chocolate bourbon earth and some bioze. Rating # 79 for July 4th.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2015
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Disastrously infected. Smells of tart red fruit. Flavor is all sour, some acetone, nothing resembling a stout going on here.
Dogbrick (9460) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Tomahawk Warrior’s First Birthday party on 06/06/2015: Jet black pour with a medium tan head that recedes steadily to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, fruity oak and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet chocolate and butterscotch, oaky vanilla, bourbon and fruit. The finish is sweet with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Not sure if it is supposed to taste this way but it’s alright.