SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2010
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dec. 2007 bottle: midnight black pour with a quickly diminishing tan colored head. A mix of sherry and tart cherries dominate the aroma, with a surprisingly small amount of roasted barley wavering beneath. The body is thick and chewy, but obviously infected with a sourness that simply ruins everything else. There is a detectable amount of fun tasting chocolates and fudgey notes below, but I can get past the feeling I am drinking something that will make me sick. Shoot, looks like I waited a bit too long on this one. I am rating this only to warn others who have bottles stashed away that it is a good time to pull them out and hope for better results than I got.
tectactoe (2982) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Dense, black pour. Head takes a few minutes to form, remains small & is a leathery-tan color. Aroma packed with chocolate covered currants, light milky sweetness, mild ash, a touch of smoke, brown sugar, & a big molasses profile. Flavor has lots of sweetness; burnt brown sugar, caramel, baker’s chocolate, very nice. Undertones of espresso, prunes, currants, anise, roasted malt, & some molasses. Finishes with a mocha-java vibe... Almost reminds me of those milk chocolate covered coffee beans, only with a sweeter, brown sugar thing going on, too. Very nice. More on the sweet side, but the subtle roasty & burnt coffee balance is enough to restrain properly. Medium-heavy body. Delicious.
MaxxDaddy (413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old bottle, not entirely sure how old though. Pours inky black with a light ring of tan bubbles. Aroma is full of roasted malts, some raisins. and some odd acidic component, like balsamic vinegar or something. Kinda dig it. Taste brings chocolate and raisins, to go along with a slight acidic twang. Covers up the high ABV well. Palate is a bit oily and slick. Finish is mostly raisins, with some chocolate in the background. Lingers substantially. Wonder how the tapioca and/or rice contribute to the flavors/texture here. Still such a noob in spite of being here for a while.
mcberko (8529) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours jet black with a small beige / tan head. Aroma brings out roasted malt, some sweetness probably from the tapioca, and a little caramel candy. Flavour is quite sweet, with notes of sherry-like liqueur, tapioca, and medium roasted malt. Fairly sweet, though not close to cloying. The 12.5% is very well-concealed, leaving only a warming effect, but no burn. A sweet, very desert like imperial stout that drinks surprisingly easily. Good stuff.
mikem409 (1774) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black thick with tan head. Tons of roasted nut and ash on nose. Taste is very boozy, lots of Smokey ash and dark chocolate.
ben4321 (4472) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: Bottle at Paul’s Blind Imperial Stout tasting, 1/5/13
Aroma: The nose has some roasted malts, a little booze, fruity notes, and some dustiness
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a small tan colored head
Flavor: It tastes a touch old, but still pretty good, with some roasted malts and boozy flavors
Palate: This one has a creamy feel, with chalky and dusty notes, and some mild heat
Drinking this blind I actually liked it, despite the fact that it felt a bit old to me. It held up pretty well.
blipp (6647) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Light roasted malts, weird dark fruity notes, and some oxidation. Probably a bit old, but the oxidation hasn’t completely destroyed it, at least for me.
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a brown to black with a thin tan head. Big old oxidized roast with a lot of nasty old caramel. Certainly something wrong here, caramel and old sour fruit. Gone sour and weird. Old tart roast and sweetness. Hard to drink.
vtafro (4424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black pour with no head. Sweet malts, some hints of warmth in aroma. Flavor has harsh front. Sour and chocolate warmth flavors finish and aren’t bad.
madmitch76 (17158) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd January 2011
Opaque black beer. Good chocolate coloured head. A little oxidisation on the nose. Softish smooth palate. Rich dark malt with some oxidisation that largely disappears with some agitation. Tangy. Big unsweet dark chocolate. Mild coffee. Subtle fruits - some raspberry and cherry. Finishes smooth and semi dry. Great fully flavoured stout.
burg326 (4337) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle pours a brown, almost black color, aromas of chocolate, anise, light toast, and a kiss of dark fruit. Flavors follow suit, light bozziness in the aftertaste, decent amount of chocolate and roast flavors, but boozy aftertaste didn’t let the flavors linger too long.