ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, bottle #160/192 from the original 2010 batch as a kick-ass extra from pantanap. thanks, kan! pours a beautiful, rich, oily black with smooth, one-finger, dark cocoa head leaving oily legs and tight lacing. aroma is great with huge, belgian chocolate, burnt grains, espresso, and toasted walnuts backed by notes of dates, pistachio ice cream, and wet tar with a touch of wood, leafy tobacco, and black cherry as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with rich, smokey, slightly salty, and savory malts up front backed by intense, bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, molasses, and subtle, candied walnuts with hints of earth, anise, and cigar paper on the back end before settling out with a slightly sweet, bitter, mocha finish. palate is rich and smooth with great carbonation and excellent drinkability for the abv. overall, a outstanding imperial stout. would love to try the rum barrel version.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wild, genuinely oily looking black appearance. Dark roast coffee and very high percentage cocoa dark chocolate bar. Viscous mouthfeel but the flavor is comparatively light (for motor oil!) notes of cocoa and real licorice root.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 2, bottle #5 of 144. Picked this up at the Feb. 5th release.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy whipped mocha head with good retention and a good ring of lacing.
5.0 S: Wow, this is some great smelling stuff. The walnuts are among the strongest aromas along with a hefty, though soft roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, and hot chocolate with marshmellows. Secondarily there is a good toastiness, slightly burnt, coffee, anise, and a secondary level of nuttiness. This would have been good without the walnuts, but with them the nose is taken to another level.
4.5 T: The taste is nearly as good as the nose. Good amount of roastiness with more toastiness and burntness than the nose suggests. Bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Again there is toastiness, nuts with the lightest touch of butter. Again, the walnuts are powerful and make this something special.
4.5 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth. If this was a touch creamier, it would have been a 5.0.
5.0 D: By the end of the bomber I am working on a good buzz, but wish I had a growler of this. The walnuts take what would be a pretty good stout and make it a memorable one. Other breweries out there should take note and start doing the same. Awesome nose, wonderful taste, and great mouthfeel make this one a highly drinkable beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-09-2011 01:22:01
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Pours black as night with a small but dark brown head. The aroma of this beer is crazy good. I get burnt sugar and hazulnuts which presents a roasty dessert scent. The taste doesn’t follow the nose as much as expected. There is a good roasty character to the beer and a slight bittersweet chocolate flavor. The walnuts add a complexity to the beer that I really enjoyed. The mouthfeel comes across very silky.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with no head or lace. Black coffee, chocolate and toasted malt. Chocolate, esspresso, and a good malt bitter. Full bodied and smooth. Very nice.
madvike (2374) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from thebaldwizard...thanks Joe! - Pours as dark as night with a dark brown head. Smells nutty and roasty, with coffee, burnt malt, and cedar. Taste is really roasty, with burnt wood and charcoal. Coffee grounds on the finish, with some cedar and light nuttiness. Fairly dry and roasty, mellow. Full-bodied, and really balanced. Exactly the type of impy that I was in the mood for.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at the Nashville Beer Summit, tried along side the Rum-barrel. Major difference between the two. This is a generic imperial stout flavor, kind of a blank canvas. There aren’t any particular notes that stick out and say hello to you, but it is very well balanced. almost to a fault. Roasty, cold icy flavor.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11. Courtesy of Solan.
noire, fin col beige.
Chocolaté, malt avec fin allant sur des notes de vanille. Au palais, la bière conserve un excellent goût de café, vanille, grains et de chocolat laissant une fine amertume au fini. On peut y noter les noix avec en arrière un peu de sucre candi.
Un peu déçu par rapport à celle que j’avais pu goûter avant.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thanks to Ryan011235 on BA for hooking up this tick. Pours black and rather thick with a thick tan head
good lacing. Serious viscosity. The aroma is nice and rich. Big
roast and nuttiness, anise, and hops. The flavor is also rich. Big
intense coffee and roast, dark chocolate, walnuts, molasses, and piney
hops. Extremely full and heavy on the mouthfeel with lower
carbonation. A little too heavy for my tastes, as well as the tastes of most others who shared this. Intense beer, and a pretty good one. Not all hype.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 155/192 acquired in trade from John (fiver29) THANKS! Shared with Shawn and friends at our little tasting: Pitch black pour with an oily appearance, minimal head and very little lace. The aroma has notes of molasses, fig, walnuts, roasted and toasted malts, some char and smoke, D2 Belgian Candi Sugar, earthy, minerally, tobacco and slightly vinous esters. The taste starts with twangy dark fruits, rich sweet malts, some burnt sugar/cotton candy and a consistent nutty tone. Found some smoked wood and coffee notes as well. Strangely I identify the flavor profile more akin to a Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout, but than is just me. The mouth feel is smooth and dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is almost completely hidden but the body could be a touch creamier and less oily. This is very nice and one of the better Jackie O’s brews I have had so far.