ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated 3/24/13. Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu’s snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one-finger tan shade.
S: I first notice plenty of sweet chocolate, backed by some dark fruits and a good whiskey character. The barrel influence is subtle and balanced within the base beer on the nose.
T: The first sip comes off sweet and fruity, with the whiskey barrel appearing on the midtaste and finish - like the nose, it’s subtle and well integrated with the mocha finish. Hints of oatmeal are found on the back end, too. Good complexity here.
M: The body itself is creamy and medium bodied. Lots of lingering stickiness still gives way to a drying sensation on the back of the palate. I’d reckon it’s a little harsh for 9.4%, otherwise I have no real complaints about the mouthfeel.
O: This was probably my favorite beer of the day. I’d definitely buy it again, even with its price point.
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Green cap. Pours tar black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with vanilla, chocolate, espresso with just enough whiskey. Great beer.
robinvboyer (3764) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Standard jet black pour, medium brown head. Big, burnt, heavily roasted and charred malts. Aromas of soy, licorice, burnt espresso, earthy barrel, and earthy vanilla. The mouth feel felt thin though, and was not as oily and viscous as expected, and the carb was low. The finish shows alot of whiskey barrel, and sweet, earthy vanilla with subtle pine hops and a boatload of the burnt, charred malts.
RexTalionis (3306) - FINLAND - DEC 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in color with a small beige head. Chocolate infused oakyness, lots of roasted notes and some vanilla spicyness in aroma. Very smooth. Soft cocoa mousse later on. Notes of wooden barrel, some chocolate and roasted malts in taste. Coffee and hints of whiskey in the end. Quite nice. Warming one.
kevinator (1730) - 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 (2230) - 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 (1435) - 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 (1364) - 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 (1548) - 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 (635) - 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!