Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - 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!
yourilevesque (388) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une bière noire à la mousse couleur café et onctueuse. Je dois de prime abord mentionner que Shaun m’a véritablement impressionné avec cette Impériale Stout; ce type de bière n’étant pas la spécialité de la Maison, j’ai été cette fois sidéré! Nez d’une complexité remarquable de malts fumés, de mélasse, de toffee, de caramel, d’anis et de bourbon. C’est à s’y perdre tellement c’est beau et équilibré! Les saveurs de vanille, de fruits confits et en général de gâteau aux fruits au Cognac. Prodigieuse concoction, à la fois riche, savoureuse et légère d’une des plus belles brasseries de ce monde!
Advocate_Ames (507) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a fine brown head that dissipates to end up hugging my glass. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate, sweet malts, booze, some vanilla, and a mild fruit character. As I taste this I pick up on a full and rich body. I noticed bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, buttery caramelized candy syrup, cocoa, and dark fruit. The finish was rather nice and it was kind to my palate. Overall this beverage very enjoyable and is worth obtaining. Share with a good friend.
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thickest black with little glint of viscosity and a thick oily battery rust orange lacing. Decadent coconut, wheatsheaf and kola cube bourbon sweetness. Lean liquorice roast throughout and softly sweet initial taste. Dank steamy choc, dark without being full clown cocoa bitterness. Neat bitterness in the back end. Smooth and creamy without being overly cloying and a nice aniseedy bitter pinch on the lift. Finish is not dissimilar, evenly paced and a linger of liquorice and roast blackcurrants. It looks the part and walks the walk, with a nice wee nudge of boozey bitterness on the fade but is subdued and more ashen than I’d hoped.
car tasting, thanks to the Birmingham stars aligning.
BenH (3020) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the legends that allowed this to happen. Black with tan head. Thick aroma, molasses, wood, chocolate. Taste of salty licorice, molasses, chocolate, oak. Super sweet with a little heat. Delish
cgarvieuk (17269) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at brum tasting.. Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Dark heavy roast.. Big bourbon.. Light coconut nose.. Dark roast malts... Dark roast... Long dry chocolate bitter.. Big chocolate big malts... Somedark roast suger... Soft meaty malt.. Heavy roast
jtclockwork (10809) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, fudge nut brownie, oak and roast chocolate. Full body.
vtafro (4827) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Dark malt, maybe sweet aromas. Very Scandinavian, dark, roasted and flavorful.
Ferris (7662) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Roasty malts and nice bourbon notes. Jet black with a decent light brown head. Light chocolate, bourbon notes, vanilla and no heat. Very well balanced and superb.
kraddel (4561) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 Pours black , no real head . Smell is bit bitter, roasted malts . Taste is chocolatty , bitter , dark malts . Creamy, full mouthfeel . perfect mouthfeel . Pretty damn nice !
re-rate. Bottle at the Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting. Thnx for the awesome day, folks! This bottle was shared by Dennoman. Thought bourbon was a seperate beer, but it seems that this was the basic beer. This specific bottle tasted a bit sharper, and I scored it 4,1 instead of the earlier 4,4. So updating it to 4,2.
Clownoisseur (362) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Appears black, fairly opaque with a small mocha head that breaks into some spotty lacing. Hints of some legs up the glass, but they are short lived. Aromas of wet oak, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses and anise. Taste is subdued, but the character is nicely balanced. Oak and molasses harmonize but was hoping for a bit more substance out of the body. A little light on the palate but provides some nice depth with roasted nuttiness permeating through in the finish along with a warming bourbon. Nice offering!