kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Aromas and flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. The last was an accent and didn’t overpower. Nice complimenting bitterness. Great pictch black color with a very thin head. Weighty creamy palate with the smoothness of oil.
TXBadger (2496) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, roast, and some oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very smooth, full bodied. Finishes with whiskey and cocoa.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours your standard stout black, and forms almost no head (we’re talking quarter-finger or less here) of a dark brown foam that vanishes swiftly and leaves only an infintesimally small ring in its wake.
Smell: Warm, boozy, oaky, vanilla-caramel bourbon wafts out of the glass, atop a cloud of blackened malt and sweet molasses.
Taste: A shot of straight bourbon, like a Basil Hayden grade, without the alcohol burn and with a bite of a stick of black licorice or perhaps some freshly ground star anise - that’s more or less the flavor profile here. There are hints of molasses, caramel, plum, and vanilla extract, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a bourbon and anise ride. What ABV may be present is well hidden, lending no heat to the beer.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout, on the very heavy side of medium-bodied, or the lightest side of full-bodied.
Overall: A solid BA stout, up there with Thirsty Dog as far as concealing the ABV while bringing the flavors through is concerned. It’s a bit less complex than a BA Siberian Night, but there is something to be said for a well-executed simplicity.
Saeglopur (1663) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Ammersin 5, Vienna.
Black body, with a quite small, dense, creamy, moderately lacing, coffee-colored head.
Delicious big, smooth aroma of bourbon barrel, coconut, vanilla, melting dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, alcohol.
Tastes of bourbon, barrel, cocoa powder, espresso, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty-dry, a bit boozy, wooden, with coffee, liquorice, bourbon, some cocoa.
Very tasty. Wonderful, dense nose, taste is more straight and dry, but also great. Slightly too boozy, so not among my favourite style examples, while still a delicious example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout.
Sebilinz (1751) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black body with tan fast disappearing head. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa with bourbon and dried fruits. Taste is cocoa with alcohol dried fruits and some chocolate. Aftris coffee bitterness with cocoa sweetness. Nice one.
Werckmeister (2042) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,75l bottle shared by Saeglopur at Linz RB Tasting, big thanks. no obvious BB date. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells of wood, licorice, roast, spices, light glueish, whisky. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of whisky, wood, spices, roasty notes, peat, earthy, rather alcoholic, light sweetness, marzipan, light nuts. finishes with peat, spices, whisky and alcohol. good stuff, rather peated / alcoholic, alcohol notes are a bit sharp. overall decent but not world class.
hohops (779) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, with a white cap. Appearance- oily black, hardly any head, just a few fizzy beige bubbles around the edge. Aroma- smells rich, and intense. Lots of dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate sauce, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, tiramisu, liqueur chocolate, coffee, molasses, hint of leather, rich roasty malt, burnt toast, port, Christmas pudding. Smells gorgeous. Taste- lots of roast malt, chewy dark chocolate, chocolate biscuits, burnt treacle, toasted coconut, boozy whiskey undertones, clinging bitter malts towards the finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy, clingy and slightly oily, and not quite as thick as expected. Tasty boozy finish. The barrel ageing is nicely understated. Excellent!
zoucrew102 (1331) - - OCT 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of licorice, dark chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla. Pours inky black with a thin light brown head with poor retention and no lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt flavors and well as dark chocolate and licorice. Finishes impeccably smooth with a little bit bourbon, vanilla and oak. Not a lot of evidence of the barrel aging, but delicious nonetheless.
neongolden (1187) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(650ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Oct 8 2015) Pours black with a big pale brown head and lace. Aroma has lots of bourbon barrel, liquorice, dark fruit, moderate roast, vanilla and some light hints of chocolate. On the palate, there is again a pretty prominent bourbon barrel and spirit character, sweet dark malt, blackberry/plum dipped in chocolate, lightly acidic, lots of liquorice. The sweet malt character fills in a little when warm, making it richer. Finish of bourbon and wood, slightly acidic roast, light coffee, vanilla. Lots of bourbon and oak in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, maybe on the light side for style, light carbonation and a touch of alcohol heat. Not the absolute heftiest imp stout, a bit on the dark fruit/lean roast side with lower ABV, but the strong barrel doesn’t completely overpower it and it’s nice and balanced when warm. Good to take your time with.
Simonsen (1097) - NORWAY - OCT 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske. Drukket på hytta til dag. Svart oljeaktig viskositet. Lavt karbonert. Smaker kaffe,svart lakris ,eik pg whiskey.Meeeeget god