RussianDragon (574) - - AUG 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle is 2013 vintage. Pours a near black with maroon hues on the edge with a lasting beige edge head. Aroma is roast, smoke, raisins, chocolate malt, and a slight bourbon spiciness. Flavor is same, with moderate carbonation. Full syrupy mouthfeel.
JBPortland (1370) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle pours dark rich brown black with a finger of tan head. Nose is so deep you could fall into it...dark bourbon chocolate, cake, coconut, vanilla, subtle dark fruit, roasty cocoa, coffee. Taste is more of the same rich roasty bitter cocoa, chocolate sauce, cake, vanilla coffee, balanced bourbon. Finis has lingering boozy cocoa and coffee with coconut, vanilla, bourbon fruit spice, and roasty chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy silk. Just great.
bellco33 (534) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee. Taste is more of the same but also a little earthy. A little sweet as to be expected with an Imperial Stout, but not overwhelming. The sweetness is knocked down with the coffee flavor on the back end. Medium carbonation, full body, silky mouthfeel, this is a wonderful stout.
umich03jm (3100) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aug 2013 bottle thanks to the local group for sharing. Black pour with a thin, tan head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are tobacco, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is more complex than the aroma. Sweet chocolate syrup, vanilla, coffee, caramel, anise, dark fruit tobacco, and strong bourbon. The bourbon is pretty powerful in this but no heat at all. Medium body. Smooth and a little creamy.
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of milk chocolate, vanilla, light molasses, caramel, bourbon, a hint of apple, and anise. It pours a dark brown with no transparency with a small tan head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy milk chocolate, molasses, caramel, and faint fruit. The finish has light espresso, bourbon, anise, and a touch of oak. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) jet black, creamy dark tan head, excellent glass coating. Nose of bourbon, french oak, light ash, alcoholic, maple. Taste is ashy, alcohol, burnt sugars, light bourbon, a bit unbalanced and estery, tons of wood in the finish.
knickskicks (1026) - - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2. Black pour, tan head. Nose is very light barrel, some chocolate, some dark fruits. Taste is the same, hard to distinguish the barrel at times. Meduim mouthfeel.
berntholer (1507) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
beige head that disappears quickly but not entirely with some lacing. coffee coloured. pours viscous, thick like motor oil. taste is boozy, solvent, vanilla, caramal, soy, hazlenut. taste is like aroma, coconut, coffee, umami. mouthfeel is very slick, almost velvet. very dense body, almost no carbonation. woah, this is stellar, so complex and intense! bottle 50cl / bd feb-’13
rood (65) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks berntholer, for sharing this one. If you would like to smell & taste chocolate, praline, hazelnut, soja, vanille, coffee, this is your beer. Velvet mouthfeel. Long aftertaste. Excellent brew!
gEUS (1616) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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-t all of them at The Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting April 2015. Keeping scores for the PBA & BBA The DBA has aged wonderfully and is thé best A’can Stout to date for me: balanced, subtle and extremely tasteful. Upped the DBA to 4.7.