italianjohn (2029) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thick tan/khaki head and a little frothy with decent sticky striped lacing .... aroma of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, light oak, and light vanilla .... taste is of bitter dark chocolate, bitter hops, dark roasted malts and dry oak ... as it warms more of the vanilla and a hint of bourbon comes out with a decent spicy bite and a slight hint of booze .... finish is bitter and dry ... mouthfeel is slick and oily .... a nice solid imperial stout, but while the bourbon wasn’t all that evident the oak gave it some depth
BeerBrah (10) - - MAY 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark body with caramel tan head - good lacing.
The barrel flavors come through nicely without being overpowering. Wonderful beer - cheers to the folks at Laughing Dog. Nicely done
arkurzynski (1191) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black pour with orange-tan head. Nose smells like cheap vanilla, licorice, degraded hops, brown sugar, toffee, spearmint, and faint bourbon. Flavor is a deep roasted malt with plenty of bitter chocolate/cacao nibs, light licorice, and a dry oaky/faint bourbon finish. Gritty, big mouthfeel. Was surprised by the flavor on this one and at the price, certainly was a steal.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17th April 2013
Stouts III Tasting. Opaque black - brown big tan head. Softish palate with fine carbonation. Minerally carbonation. Mellow chocolate, dark malt and a bourbon. Mild lactose. Chocolate finish. Pretty decent but I seemed to be the only one to dig it. Probably shoulda had this before the big Bruery’s!
jackl (2596) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Cheers Kenny. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny khaki head. The nose is berry comoote. Oak. Chocolate. Some roasted coffee bean and cocoa. The taste is accented by peppery hops. Hints of bourbon. Big charred malt body. Soft sweetness. Mediumm body, a bit abrasive. Overall, a bit of a comedown. All bark and no bite.
blackflag321 (312) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pour to snifter. Aroma had some sour milk to it, but not in the taste. Dry, roast coffee taste; smooth, simple. Okay, but not outstanding in any way.
Scopey (3252) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Stout 3 & Freestyle Tasting, thanks to Ken. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is rather sweet.... caramel, roasted malt, coffee ice-cream, toast and molasses. The taste is roasted malt, earth, toast, dark fruit, tangy berry, cocoa, caramel, ash, some alcohol warmth and light jamminess. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Pretty decent imperial stout.
Leighton (6973) - London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. Thanks to Kenny. Pours black-brown with a tight, creamy tan head. Some lightly tangy dark malts in the nose, bit of roast, dark leather. Medium sweet flavor, a bit more tang, so e baking cocoa, bitter earth. The tangy edge seems a bit out of place. Full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly warming finish, some tangy dark malts, bitter cocoa, light bitter earth. I would say the beer is a little infected.
DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->snifter. Black with tan head. Aroma: strong coffee, molasses. Taste is same with definite booze presence. Good oily mouthfeel. Very good.
Wordsworth (85) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Pours dark and smells strongly of espresso. Basically the palate is espresso and hops. It’s good but not amazing. Lots of beers like this one nowadays.
kevinator (325) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good stuff but I’m really biased on this type of IS. Bourbon aroma with woody sweetness on the nose. Very dark with a caramel colored head. Light palate that an oily character. Roasted malts, caramel, woody, and bourbon. Might have needed a little more balance in the flavors. This has aged for at least a year so I expected a little more. Some fruit essences as well.