dchmela (2834) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Lee for the bottle. Thick black pour. Roasted malt, chocolate, hint of soy sauce in aroma. Big thick malt body with lots of chocolate and roasted barley. Very good.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Tyler. Black, with only some dark brown at the very top, capped with a lightly frothy layer of mocha cream. Aroma is... unexpected. Musty oak, tart notes of cherry & grape skin with only a mild, hard to find hint of roast behind it all. Smells like it might be infected. Oddly enough, no sign of infection or "tartness" in the flavor at all. Decadent, dark chocolate & fudge, roasted malts, wood, very tame bourbon, dry cocoa powder, & a lightly tannic finish. Small reminders of maple come out with warmth. Literally none of the tart fruit character is present in the flavor. Smooth, pretty creamy body. Very strange how the aroma & flavor are so mismatched... Smelled like it might be infected, tasted very good actually. How is this possible? With the better nose, this would be a very, very good beer.
mbgrayson (622) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black, with ample tannish brown head. Aroma is malt with bourbon, beautiful. Taste is heavily of stout and bourbon. Smooth, drinkable, complex, and well blended. Thumbs way up. This one is good.
BeerKurve (518) - - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a thin filmy brown head; Good lacing. Aroma of chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, caramel and bourbon. Flavors of vanilla, oak, chocolate malts, roasted barley with a roasty & bitter hop aftertaste. Heavy body with some mild carbonation. Quite tasty!
kidmartinek (3755) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thin black with faint head and lace. Runny in the glass. Holy cow, tastes like a lot of vanilla and chocolate with a good bitter finish. Not a bad dessert.
jehoesefat (337) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich chocolate aroma with a hint of the bourbon barrel. Pours thick black with a tan head. Smooth flavors, long bourbon finish.
rproff78 (154) - - MAR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great! Great aroma and flavor. Come to the Rhino in Missoula, MT! Good good good
Ferris (7699) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Chocolate, molasses and some dark fruit. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Dark chocolate, roasty bitterness, a bit of hop character and some coffee in the finish.
Lowe1983 (1390) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark color with a brown head. Aroma is of coffee, caramel malts, a little bit of oak, and some molasses. Flavor is very similar with plenty of coffee and roasted malts. Some oak comes out on the finish with the roasted malts. A slight hint of alcohol and some bitterness on the finish. Overall a great beer.
ARH (831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter. Right off the bat, dark fruits hit the nose; primarily sweet cherries, strawberries, and maybe even some plum aromas. This is followed up by a woody / piney aroma, which later into the drink, I pegged as bourbon - either I misidentified this early, because the woodsy and pine aromas disappeared, or the bourbon took over. By the end, the bourbon aromas even have a slight warming quality on the nose. There’s a fairly prevalent caramel / butterscotch aroma just under the fruits, and, even further down, there’s some mild milk chocolate notes. After some time, I even began to pick up some sugary bread notes - like a muffin or scone. A big, frothy espresso tan head sits atop this very dark, nearly opaque, red-brown beer. It seems like the head wants to leave behind a nicer lacing, but I got a splotchy lacing (maybe the brandy snifter is just too exaggerated a bulge for the lace to stay put). The carbonation is visibly active. I also noticed some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, although I couldn’t find any mention of being bottle conditioned on the label - I would say it requires further investigation, but nothing struck me as "off," so I was just very careful with the pour. A medium-heavy dose of sweetness of chocolate, cherries, and raisins hits the tongue first with a very mild-light chocolate bitterness. There’s also a notable bourbon-alcohol presence, but absent the warming effect down the throat that one might expect from bourbon. The very active carbonation keep this one pretty light for an Imp Stout and also keeps it less sticky than it wants to be. It’s pretty smooth drinking, maybe a medium bodied beer in the grand scheme of things (at least its lighter than most Imp Stouts). The finish is interesting - it starts out with a smokey bourbon bite that fades quickly and cleanly leaving behind only a very dry, mellow chocolate and ashy aftertaste. Give it some time and the aftertaste becomes a very mellow hop-esque with the some faint chocolate.