hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours charcoal-black with a small, fleeting, cappachino head. The nose is a pleasant arrangement of caramel, red wine, dark tropical honeys, a modest measure of coconut and fresh, warm perspiration. The flavor is a little rough around the edges, but nice overall. Dark rum warmth in finish. Maybe more time in the bottle...
bytemesis (5185) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark black, medium tan head, dissipates a bit slowly, decent lacing. Aroma is cocoa, roasted malts, rummy, vanilla, molasses. Flavor follows, fairly sweet, light bitter, oak tannins, light acidity. Medium light acidity.
SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 RBWG Grand Tasting.
Clear dark brown with no head.
The flavor is mildly sweet, though not very complex or developed.
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to drowland for the share! Nice light imperial barrel aged. Dark brown pour with slight khaki head. Rum, candy sugar, chocolate on the nose. Taste is surprising light with the rum sweet booziness present but not overpowering. More chocolate and nuts in the taste. Full bodied, but not too sticky. Good stuff.
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle with a cool snazzy label .. . the rum is very subdued, with mild coco and tar .. . a rather dainty mouth for an imperial stout and a abrupt finish .. . solid but was hoping for more .. . . if I ever saw bat shit, i’d be like, ‘that’s crazy.’
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is roast, coconut, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roast, nuts, and sweet finish. Good.
deyholla (8902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting. Pours near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of rum with dark grain, candied sugar and a bit of dark fruits. Flavor is heavy on rum up front with dark grains and roasted malt coming through.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #111. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, rum, chocolate, herbal hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, herbal hops, wood, rum. Medium bodied.
italarican (1527) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Dark brown pour. Heavy dark chocolate notes with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Sweet sugar cane and booze goes a tad overboard in the finish.
jbruner (3190) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a thick black with minimal head or lacing. Definitely a big barrel aged stout, chocolate and booze on the nose and taste. Solid beer but somewhat unimpressive for a Bartel aged stout.