AirForceHops (3315) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by AJax, thanks man! Motor oil color with a oily iridescent shine on the top of the stout. Thin tan head mixed with the oily sheen. The aroma is a large Jameson like whiskey up front and foremost. Light underlying chocolate notes.
Deep layers of roasted malts. Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, sugar, and alcohol burn from whiskey. The whiskey has a strong character that has the lingering warmth after the finish. The smoothness is really incredible considering the 12.9 ABV and strong notes of whiskey. As far as the imperial barrel aged stouts I’ve sampled this is up with BCBS. Wonderful job!
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have no clue who sent me this.
A - It pours viscous like dirty old motor oil. Looks viscous as Hell. No head at all. It’s pitch black, totally black and just thick.
S - Smells like straight up straight whiskey So much liquor on the nose but in no way burning or boozy just a huge liquor smell paired with the richest chocolate.
T - Whoa. The taste is incredible. A fuck ton of whiskey just gobs of it. A crap load of chocolate, a touch of hazelnut and some fresh espresso with layers of red velvet cake, vanilla bean, toffee and straight up brownie batter polished off with this gigantic whiskey explosion that lingers for ever!
M - Thick, oily, hearty and everlasting mouth coating thickness
O - This is not KBBS..not CBS BUT it is very much like a more whiskey forward bourbon county with gobs more chocolate. I still prefer BCS but this is pretty incredible!
biggirlpanties (189) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with GT2. Nose is wet moss, truffle, chocolate liqeur/Godiva, decadent chocolate pie, graham cracker crust. Tastes like chocolate silk pie with dark chocolate truffle and whipped cream. Not sticky, not even boozy. I wish it had a flufflier mouthfeel, maybe a tad more carbonated. One of the best beers I’ve had.
GT2 (8553) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
> World class BA imperial stout with toasted coconut and mega dark chocolate
[ Bottle ][ 12oz ][ northernbrews ][ Trade ][ Pizza Boy Snifter ][ 7.16.14 ]
>> Inky as hell pour with thin, Martian red foam. Wow. Great webby lacing. Nose is slight mildew, baked black cherry, blackcurrant, wet moss, dark chocolate truffle, clafoutis, super intense candied black cherry, maybe a top shelf call Black Russian mixed drink. As it warms, more toasted coconut whiskey barrel. Taste and palate are the highlight- beautiful silky body, toasted coconut style whiskey barrel, tons of dark chocolate and black cherry liquor. Mild acid finish. Bitter and a bit chalky through the finish, but overall very silky. No sweetness, no alcohol, no stickiness, no brewing flaws. Really top notch stuff that reminds me a bit of BBPt5 and Black Note. Backend has a chocolate covered fruit type of balancing acid. Even a tad lactic.
>!< lacking many flaws the plague this style
jtclockwork (8628) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours oily black with tan head. Nose/taste of brandy, chocolate, oak, tarred oak, tobacco, vanilla. Medium body.
vtafro (3590) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak and dark sweet malt aromas. Double barrel brandy and whiskey tones?, chocolate and dark malt tones.
djd07 (3727) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with no head. Strong booze aroma and oak. Thin mouthfeel with strong molasses, booze, sweet finish.
peteinSD (1384) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Oily black pour with a muddy dark cocoa brown colored head. Aroma is whiskey and chocolate with cocoa dust. Taste is fudge, chocolate, thin whiskey, and cocoa. Coating mouthfeel. Drinks easy for its ABV. Nice beer.
Ataraxia (381) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dense black color, completely opaque, thin dark brown lacing. Potent aroma of whiskey, chocolate syrup, coconut, brown sugar, black coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, and wood. Not as sweet-tasting as it smells, light bitterness in the back, and strong booziness from the spirits throughout. Thinner in body and texture than expected.
tectactoe (2060) - Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 5w-30, about 6000 miles overdue for a change. Black, viscous, topped with a leathery, burnt mocha & cherry tinted head that slowly rises up from the black lagoon. Smells like a Mudslide made with Irish Creme, only with some heavier whiskey warmth to back it up. Vanilla, sweet brown sugar, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, & subtle notes of java. Taste is fairly boozy & highly tannic, but still quite manageable & not pungent at all. Whiskey coated dark prunes covered in burnt caramel & bittersweet fudge. Some moderate sweet cream & dry roast from the base beer make their way to the surface, too. Sticky barrel whiskey & vanillin round out the finish, aftertaste has a lingering whiskey warmth. Despite everyone’s complaints of this being a "whiskey bomb", I thought it was great. Feel free to send your unwanted bottles to me.