Meilby (5573) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, caramel, vanilla and oak. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate, vanilla and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
chrisv10 (9450) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ FOneFan. Black with tiny dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little liquorice, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, warming, medium sweet with notes of alcohol.
saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, fruits, coffee, chocolate and hops. Quite powerful.
hamilton23 (581) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 500ml bottle from Steve Kim, the Beer Pimp. Poured on 10/8/12, International Stout Day. Pours dark brown, nearly black with tan head. Aroma is brownies, some stale coffee and dried fruit. Taste follows very closely from the nose. The bourbon is very subdued with a lot of chocolate and roasty notes.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Colin. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head and a nice sheen. Big chocolate and caramel aromas. The body is just a little on the thin side, but still has a nice mouthfeel. Fantastic chocolate, caramel, fudge, and smooth roasted malt notes. A very nice imperial stout.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pour is pitch black with a dark brown head and some large bubbles in the middle. Nose has a fair amount of wood and some sweet bourbon notes. Chocolate cake is rich with a faint ashy, roast coffee bean note. The taste is very big, a bit sweet but not sugary with notes of vanilla and chocolate, the wood isn’t as strong but the bourbon seems to add a very nice balance and some heat in the finish. The body is thick, soft, and smooth. Semi dry finish that lingers for a bit as more rich chocolate continues to stay on the palate.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of markwise. It pours with a mahogany body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up dusty dark roasted malts, brownies, black licorice and then mild oak and booze notes at the end of the draw. The taste runs quickly into chocolate, dark roasted malts and black licorice. To midway it begins to pick up mild boozy barrel notes and then into the finish the chocolate brownie notes and booze linger into the after taste. Yummers.
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle generously shared by scottfrie. Thanks Scott. Pours a dark black with just a bit of light coming through at the edges. A small tan head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, quite a bit of chocolate, and some light coffee. The taste is sweet with quite a bit of bourbon, some vanilla, a bit of oak, and lots of rich chocolate. There is also a light nuttiness. The finish is sweet with more rich chocolate and some oak and a light alcohol presence. Medium body. Low carbonation. Solid beer. Really rich.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours solid black with virtually no head and no carbonation. Aroma of darkly roasted malts, rich chocolate, balanced bourbon, cherry, vanilla, coffee. Flavour is the same, very rich. The bourbon is more prominent than on the nose. The other flavours seem dampened in comparison - may benefit from warming up a little more. Liqueur-like warming sensation. Never thought I’d say this but I feel it would benefit from a light carbonation. Very smooth. Most certainly a slow sipper. Very good, but I do feel a little disappointed - maybe my expectations for this brewer were slightly inflated? Hope not!
mcberko (4844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany!), pours like engine oil, a pitch black with zero head, just a few bubbles. Decadent aroma of chocolate fudge and bourbon barrels upfront with some vanilla and subtle espresso beans further back. Flavour is rich and decadent, with more of the chocolate fudge, more dominant bourbon barrels than the nose suggests, and a prominent alcohol burn. Balanced beautifully between these three main qualities, leaving a chocolately alcohol burn on the finish. Almost zero carbonation - usually I wouldn’t complain about this, but in this case (as Matts_Property says), I think slightly higher carbonation would benefit the mouthfeel. Silky smooth and thick body. Decadent and quite easy to drink for the style despite being a bourbon booze bomb. Delicious stuff.