gEUS (1375) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 Bottles kindly shared by Tom 10101 & JHuxley during our epic CMLSG cellar tasting - all 3 versions put next to each other. All of them have an incredibly nice balance between sweetness and roastiness which is unparallelled vs. other American BA RIS’s, which make them all great beers.
- Damon: 3.9/5: subtle vanilla and cocoa in the aromas
- Damon PBA;: 4.2/5: my favourite: more depth and complexity. Nose reveils cigars, leather, red fruits. Taste is roasty with a nice vinious touch of raisins.
- Damon DBA 4/5: despite the fact that it is the most balanced in the nose, I think the taste is a tad bland.
Re-r it at The Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting April 2015. The DBA has aged wonderfully and is thé best A’can Stout to date for me: balanced, subtle and extremely tasteful. Upped to 4.7.
jkwood04 (4464) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a small, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, strong oak and vanilla, a good amount of bourbon and port that blend perfectly, and a nice dark fruit note. Flavor the same with a great blend of bourbon and port. Thick, smooth texture. Another great HF beer.
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a motor oil with paperthin tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong burnt malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee. Thick mouthfeel with rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Wow, blown away by this one. Miles away from the port and regular. Really enjoyed this.
Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Complex blend of berry jam, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, espresso, and dry oak. Extremely smooth, light vinous character, rich, full bodied. Long port and bourbon finish with moderate booziness.
RichTheVillan (4077) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle cheers to K; opaque dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, sweet chocolate aroma, taste has sweet chocolate dark berries, mellow bourbon, very smooth, vanilla.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml bottle. Bottled May 2013. Pours an opaque brown with almost no head. The bourbon and port barrels are both so apparent in the aroma; oak, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, some vinous notes, roast, molasses. Very rich. Flavor is equally rich and tasty, with molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, vinous notes, port, caramel, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a warm, rich, coating mouthfeel. I had been warned that it would be undercarbonated but that may have been overblown or didn’t bother me in the least. Wowe. This is fantastic. Exceeded very high expectations.
kermis (6422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of light roast, fudge, bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Flavor is heavy sweet and light heavy bitter. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Amazing!
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Collected Works tasting. Well this is ridiculous. Big chocolate syrup aroma, darkest chocolate, sweet grapey alcohol. Maple, vanilla, chocolate and raisins all combine for a killer desserty stout.
50belair (2806) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Body generously shard by Colin. Dark brown pour with no head. Great oily sheen. Mild bourbon aromas. Delicious port, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and oak notes. Very good mouthfeel and body. Bravo...
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a fluffy tan head. Huge vanilla bourbon,, dark fudge, and roasty cocoa nib give way to espresso char, dark fruits, and boozy accents. Thick, rich, and velvety with a warming finish. Massive, but very approachable.