48FanInCali (724) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Pitch black pour with a non existent head. Nose of roast, nuts, and booze. Taste is similar with a slight sourness that doesn't really belong. Nice alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel not that enjoyable. Oily and rather dead.
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nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours an oily opaque black with one ring of white head. Nose of cake icing, caramel, vanilla beans, toast, cola. Flavor is sweet, roasted malts, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, cola, light licorice. Full, roasty, slightly hot finish. Well balanced.
mcberko (6405) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a viscous black with a small tan head. Aroma of rum barrels, walnuts, candied sugar and more rum barrels. Flavour is dominated by the rum barrels, with loads of vanilla, candied sugar and no more hint of walnuts. A lot more viscous than the regular impie, dominated by the rum barrels. Finishes very rum-y. Solid stuff, but a bit much.
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice full body dark pour. Lingering light tan head. Initial taste comes through balanced, malty, dry palate flavor on the sides of the tongue. Rum comes through at the end with a smooth molasses and dry toffee finish
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at JO’s anny party, tough to not homer the crap out of this. its a solid stout lots of flavor a touch sweet for me but nothing cloying the rum flavor imparts a nice touch of vanilla almost in a different way than a bourbon treatement, really solid.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared tonight with friends
Pours an inky black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates as soon as it musters. Smells of alcohol, oak, rum, dark sugar, chocolate, roasted coffee, and oily nuts. It really a unique aroma, at times I get a creme brulee thing going on then it seems like burnt caramel or roasted nuts. It’s very complex. The flavor follows the aroma with a bit more alcohol heat than the the aroma promised. Nutty rum and chocolate flavor with a hint of stout and coffee. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet boozy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer, but a bit less alcohol burn would have sent this to the stratosphere for me.
jcartamdg (1981) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown/black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, roasted malts. Taste follows bring in coffee notes. a little thin for what it is. not bad
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2011 bottle, #31/206, shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque deep brown body, thin discontinuous brown head. Rich, dry nose with oak, rum, and cocoa, nutty/meaty and surprisingly delicate. Warming body with rum, oak, walnut, and alcohol fronting dry and dusty cocoa. Velvety, rich and dry. Subtle, complex, and very good.
b3shine (5424) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks Nate). Looks good; flat and viscous. Smells really good! Sweet and rummy! Tastes okay, but thinner than I expected. Diacetyl. Good beer though.
peteinSD (1373) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Jeff - thanks! Black, nearly still pour with a small amount of tan foam hugging the edge of the glass. Aroma is rum, dry roast, light chocolate, toffee, some underlying sweetness both from the malt and candied sugar, and walnuts. Taste is rum up front mix with a dry roast and chocolate character followed by sweet malt and a focused melange of raisin, toffee, and perhaps plum through the finish. Very interesting balance between the rum, dry roast, and sweeter notes through the finish. Balanced and enjoyable.