QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was honored to be given a bottle of this mighty brew by Mike Kane when I visited the brewery.
Kane has definitely found their niche with Hopheads. Although I am no longer part of that clam, I do recognizes the quality of those beer beers, even if they are not really my cup of tea these days. As on of the best up and coming breweries in NJ, it comes as no surprise to me that they are not limited to just hoppy beers, and this is but one (not the only) great example of that.
At the same time, this is their first barrel aged imperial stout, so how good could it be? Well, it was Awesome! My son and I truly enjoyed every aspect of it.
P.S. I have it on good authority that this beer is actually a bit stronger than 13% ABV, but we’ll just have to keep that on the DL
RobertDale (5258) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, and some roasted malt. Excellent.
PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 27, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a tight, sticky and long-lasting head the color of cinnamon. Aroma’s a smooth blend of marshmallow, toasted coconut, graham cracker, dark chocolate, and the subtlest edge of torched black malt. Flavor is a little less well-put-together, leading with wet tobacco and fading to sharp oak, booze, rich chocolate syrup and a little grape. Body is soft and creamy; alcohol is hidden well for its strength. Smooth and mellow, relatively.
douglas88 (8148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a jet black color with a small beige head. A big healthy stout nose with dark fruit, leather and vanilla. The flavor is wonderful; huge dark fruit, prunes, vanilla, bourbon sweetness in the middle. The drinkability is very high. Sweet but not cloying. Lovely big beast. I wonder if the base beer is made (non BA), it is damn good. One of the best Impys I’ve had in a while.
jcartamdg (2982) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a motor oil black and no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate and vanilla. Chewy, thick and delicious
rxeight (2443) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750. Thick and dark pour. Chocolate pudding with a touch of vanilla and bourbon. Body is medium for a big stout but is super velvety. Really solid imperial stout.
Steasy66 (1115) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily and black with no head. Bourbon toasty nose. Thick with heavy bourbon flavor, finishes toasty.
Beerman6686 (6172) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was barrel and some dark chocolate. Flavor similar, thin and not fit to battle the titans.
Art (3034) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Gaucho thanks to Rob. Pours a deep black brown. No head. Aromas of chocolate fudge and light vanilla. Gives way to a light booziness. Taste is definitely sweet but nothing overpowering. Quite good but a tad on the thin side to be amazing.
markextrae (3538) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 batch bottle shared by a friend. poured a deep oily black colour with a nice small lasting mocha head on top of the glass. nose is hit with thick dark chocolate fudge. sweet dark cacao (can’t emagine how chocolate forward the cacao version must be), nougat, oak, vanilla from the barrel, sweet bourbon, toasted nuts, very rich and tick. taste brings out even more thick chocolate fudge, vanilla, and sticky sweet bourbon, and chocolate brownies. taste is like a bourbon chocolate bar. dark roasted malts, creamy, and very great balance with the bourbon barrels. amazing stout! so delicious. one of my biggest stout surprised of the year. can’t wait to try the versions of it! great job
rodenbach99 (4153) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF 2015. Une superbe bière presque noire. Un nez tout comme une bouche riche, savoureuse, du chocolat fondu, de la vanille. Une finale avec un alcool doux. Le genre de monstre que j’aime car il garde une certaine fraicheur.