JBPortland (934) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours dark black brown with a tiny tan head. Nose is roasty bitter chocolate, soft earthy dark fruits, faint bourbon. Taste starts with some nice malt creaminess, lots of dark fruit, dark cherries, raisinet, milk chocolate, little bit of bourbon. Finish is roasty semi sweet dark fruit, berries, chocolate, a touch thin.
jonas (5849) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Vanilla, chocolate candy, oak nose. Black, brown lace. Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light leather, somewhat cloyingly sweet. Quite the desert beer, I would be happy to have these flavours and textures in a chocolate mousse, not so much in a drink.
Panzuriel (1362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber poured in snifter. Siren noire is rich brown black with a thin head of light tan bubbles. The nose is solid rich dark chocolate. Taste is a hint of sweet on the fore with the chocolate cacao nib bitterness coming through on the finish. Roasted malt provides a decent backbone. Body is smooth and silky. A very well done imperial stout.
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage. 650ml bomber. Dark black pour, roasted cocoa notes ,nit of vanilla.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: silky near-black pour, with a short, creamy dark tan head. Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, booze, maple, cream, and more chocolate. Taste: melted bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, crème anglaise, caramel, toffee, black bread, with a woody, boozy undertone. Finish: smooth, sweet, and lightly boozy. Notes: Aging in bourbon barrels has significantly improved upon their original version of this, which was average-to-below-average at best. This is really very good.
joshwoodward (567) - - APR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a glass on tap at Alexandria’s in Findlay. Very big beer, a little too much so all around.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 vintage 650 ml bottle poured into snifter. Opaque pitch black color with a finger of fizzy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both minimal. Aroma is earthy with notes of raisins, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor is a wonderfully complex amalgam of chocolate richness and bitterness combined with the bourbon notes from the aging. The chocolate has a big presence here, but it’s not at all overpowering. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Basically everything works here.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, light bourbon, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light dark fruit, herbal, and roast/oaky earthiness. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Gachupines (954) - USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark fruit with a touch of raisin and strong chocolate. Flavor is rich chocolate and a bit of bourbon. Nice touch of raisin in the finish.
bubblehouse (508) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good. Taste of dark chocalate and coffee. The bourbon flavor could be a little more pronounced.