HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 19, 2010 tasting with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc & mabel. 660ml bottle courtesy of gregclow. Opaque brown-black pour with a huge creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, whiskey, mint, powdered milk and alcohol - nice! The taste follows on, slightly grassy, with just the right amount of restrained oak resin. Slick mouthfeel, decent body to it, just mildly carbonated, but oh-so smooth on the tongue, leaving a gently grassy finish after all the coffee and roast --- pretty damned nice understated imperial stout.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared at RBSG’10 grand tasting - dark pour, savory, chewy chocolate and molasses. sweet, beany roasted espresso. touch of oaky whiskey.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle…RBSG 2010… This beer rocks!… Pours nearly black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention. The nose is of maple syrup and roasted tree nuts with a touch of chocolate. Full-bodied and velvety with dancing carbonation. Sweet, roasty, chocolaty, lightly nutty flavor. Mildly sweet chocolate and espresso finish. World class beer provided by Savvy1982!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very roasted, bitter, vanilla heavy and moderately bourbonny imperial stout. A good example of the style.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 8 months after the beer release. Sent to me by Sawy1982. Thanks a lot Kyle.
The look: Black body topped by a large beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose has a lot of vanilla, a moderate bourbon presence, wood coal, a tiny bit of smoke. Taste has a lot of fudge, a lot of vanilla, high roasted level, chalk, some chocolate cake, some bourbon, some rye, some raisins, some lemon, some green leafy hops. A sharp bitterness with a bite-in-a-fresh-hop-pellet character. There was a metallic acidic bite in the finish that didn’t sit well with me but I think my bottle was the problem and it wasn’t supposed to be there. Carbonation was a little over the top for the style. I drank this beer very slowly while working on other stuff on the computer (and typing this rating) and strangely I appreciated the beer more after it had been sitting in my glass for 30 minutes. The carbonation was more relaxed and the citric/acidic bite was more mellow. Like if this was a beer you need to let breed. The beer was very good but I have grown to like Half Pints more and more and I like many of their regular releases (Burlywine, Pothole Porter, more...) over this hyped and highly rated special release. I really like the beer name and the cute childish label with a punk loaded with cash. A fun packaging by Half Pints. I’m not sure what the message is and the story does not tell how the punk got all that money. But we can pretty much rule out hard work.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at RBSG 10 from Savvy. Pours deep black with a darkish tan head. Nose is woody hops, chocolate and vanilla and burnt toast. Medium full body. On taste, robust burnt notes with more of the bitterness and citrus/wood notes from the hops. Mild molasses as well. Pretty tasty stuff!
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at RBSG ’10 by Savvy1982! Pours a deep black with a good head and lace. The aroma is coffee with some booziness, some raisin, and plenty of non distinct dark fruit. The flavor is lightly spicy with plenty of chocolate and smoky notes. The beer is dry and nicely boozy. The palate is creamy!
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Savvy1982 at the RBSG ’10 Grand Tasting. Poured near black with a brown head that lasted. Aroma was full of dark malts with chocolate and coffee came to the forefront with a slight backing smokey/whiskey note. Flavor was a bit more smokey with whiskey more present and the coffee was still strong with the chocolate taking more of a backseat.
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark colour, both beer and head. Very distinct whisky aroma and finish. Not for the faint at heart, but a very tasty, unique beer.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample at tasting. Very nice aromas of Oak, whiskey and vanilla to start. Roasted malts and maybe, some smoky notes as well. Flavor is very subtle. The obvious Oak and vanilla dominate. Also some notes of Whiskey and roasted malts. Very similar to the aroma. Somewhat of a sweet almost wine like aftertaste. This needs to be aged for many years to experience the true intention.
markas101 (2088) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Winnipeg (thanks Dad!). Deep black colour, darker than average foamy head that clings up the side of the glass. Mix of whisky and roasted malt aroma, nice mellowness that culminates in a whisky infused aftertaste that’s sweet with just enough burn to feel it.