TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by sliffy. Thanks! Pours a very thick viscous black, clings heavily, like oil. Opaque, small dark brown head that sticks around. Aromas are cocoa and dark chocolate, roasted malts and a faint smokiness, a bit simple. Initial is roasty whole coffee beans, cocoa, a great coffee and roasted malt body, dark and ominous, cocoa and a faint smokiness, good floral hopping sticks beneath, really clings to the palate with a great roasted feel, but nothing acrid of fierce, just waves of roast and hop clinging on. Finish is roasty, coffee, bitter, a mellow sweetness underneath, faintly Belgian brown sugar-esque and a light nuttiness. A big beer.
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler sample shared by some of the other C-Bus bastardos at DLD 2010. Black pour with a thin tan head. Nose of chocolate and nuts with some dark fruit as well. Nutty and malty flavor with a big chocolate and roast finish. Wasn’t sure about the walnuts, but the dimension they add to this beer really makes it stand out amongst others in the category.
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at dld eve. Black. Fruoty aroma. Cherries? A thinner feel. Nuts are really ligjt. Nthis is so unlike a big stout. So much more fruit. Really good and so different.
BBB63 (6543) - 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.
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, I think thirdeye11 brought this, dark brown/black color with nice cocoa and dark fruit aroma, flavor has well balanced, coffee, walnuts, black moasses and chocolate flavors, great well constructed big stout
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 375. Very much NOT at CBC’15, unfortunately. Pours deep mahogany with a medium creamy tan head that laces well. Aroma is heavy roasty, some nutty herbal thing going on, a bit of ashtray. Flavor is light sweet and pretty bitter; not getting walnuts, but there is a potent herbal note along with some dates. Bitterness is sharp and pervasive. Medium body. Interesting and different.
vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate and darker malts, very sweet. Darker brown malts, molasses and sweet vanilla and chocolate flavors.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy molasses, moderate chocolate, light caramel, nuts (though I’m not sure I can really pinpoint them as walnuts), vanilla, and faint roast. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger tan head that eventually settles to a thick film outlined by a thicker ring. There is a decent amount of thick webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy molasses and just a tad bit lighter chocolate. There is also some light caramel in the middle. The finish has light nuttiness, roast, vanilla, and dark fruits/plum. It’s medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s good, but I’m realizing that I’m generally liking molasses heavy Imperial Stouts less and less.
Borresteijn (6282) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl Bottle at DRBM. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of cream, espresso, bitter chocolate, bitter nuts, sweet. Flavour is light sweet, Belgian chocolate, light sour roast, bitter nuts, dry bitter roasted finish. Medium bodied.
Beerman6686 (6169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma was a good bit or roast, dark chocolate, nutty and some yeasty character. Flavor was yeasty chocolate, some roast and some astringency too that I can’t exaclt pinpoint. Not a huge fan here