Star80 (40) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like coffee, chocolate, whiskey and dark malt. Not as much whiskey in the nose as some beers. Pours out a almost pitch black color, head was about 1/2 inch very dark color, recedes into fine bubbles on the edge of the glass. Wow tastes really nicely balanced between the expresso coffee notes, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Really nice mouthfeel too. There is a nice alcohol warming but it isn't hot, which is great for the style. Overall a dn good bourbon stout that is rich, smooth and finely balanced. My first Hoppin' Frog and I'm quite impressed!
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charlotte (4745) - rřdovre, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black colour with cremy beige head.Aroma is roastd and has good flavor of vanilla and Whisky,nice sweet taste who have some licorice nots well balanced and warming finish.
Beergaard (200) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, sticky and chewy - small roasted head. Roasted, sweet and slightly hoppy aroma - whisky, banana, liqorice, coffee. Taste of liqorice, whisky, well roasted coffee, sweet brownie, vanilla, almond and some dark fruit. Well ballanced and pretty close to brilliant.
rouhlas (1098) - GREECE - JUL 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. Black color with brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted, chocolate, wood and alcohol, vanilla. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma. Medium to full oily silky body with soft carbonation.
hesoo (68) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chyba pierwsze RiS w którym aromat zrobił na mnie większe wrażenie niż smak. Feeria zapachów którą napędza beczka po Whiskey, da się wyczuć zapachy owoców suszonych: śliwki daktyle, słodycz. W smaku już nie jest tak potężnie. Czuć alkohol i niepoukładaność. Piwo przepada nieco w zbyt słabym ciele no i wysycenie imo za duże jak na risa. Podsumowując - przypomina bardziej bardzo dobry porter bałtycki i gdyby nim było ocena byłaby wyższa o 0,5 i byłby to najlepszy baltic porter jaki w życiu piłem
SlackerMads (2089) - DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a small beige head. Roasted malt, molasses and chocolate in the nose, some wood and whiskey. The barrels are apparent in the flavour with whisky and vanilla, white wood. Lots of chocolate, some roasted malt, charcoal and molasses also. Full body, sticky texture, light prickling carbonation, heavy sweet and bitter, some alcohol showing. Roasted finish. Fair enough, but doesn’t do that much for me.
mambossa (93) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to snifter. Pours opaque with thin, rich-tan head with light retention. Aroma of maple, bright raisin, vanilla, hint of cinnamon, very pleasing. Medium-heavy body with oily mouthfeel, notes of creamy coffee, cinnamon spice, raisin/date, vanilla, and alcohol. Nice, but maybe more enjoyable on a winter night.
The_Osprey (3227) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Paul’s 30th. Thanks to Strokey. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is liquorice, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, background cabbage. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy alcohol, ashy, bourbon, coffee. Pretty nice.
maekchu (2733) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks, KL. Supercharged chocolate nose, with very mild bourbon notes, and fumes. Dark brown, with translucent edges. Severe dark raost, bourbon, light vanilla, and mild bittering in mid and final. Medium body. Very very tasty, but perhaps a bit thin for an imperial. Great, really!
KyotoLefty (7552) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, soy, coffee, berries. Big nose. Pitch black, oily, with lace. Rich, deep flavor, oats, grains, berries, raisins, wood. Silky and oily, but the most full body. Barrel works well, contributing bourbon but also woodiness. Very good, though not up there with the very best.
islay (1493) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Approximately half of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-27-15. Pours a rich, dark brown with a small amount of sable head. Looks like melted chocolate. Scents of clay, banana bread, and raisin bagel. Rich, chocolatey, baked good, malty aroma. Boozy, bourbon taste. Roasted malt aftertaste. Rich, baked good taste. Raisin and oatmeal raisin cookie flavors. Vanilla. Very pleasant bourbon barrel aged imperial stout flavor. A bit old fashioned, the type of beer that would have been all the rage 5 to 10 years ago, but it reminds the imbiber why such beers were so popular for a time. Light to moderate alcohol burn in the palate. Full body. Smooth and silky in the palate. Overall, quite good. A few years ago I would have raved about this beer. Today, I enjoy it quite a bit, but it doesn’t blow me away.