oh6gdx (23913) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@SBWF2014. More or less black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is spices, some liquorice, roasted malts, coffee and some sweetish wooden notes. Flavour is fruity, liquorice, some roasted malts, coffee, mild sweet alcohol notes as well as some slight berryish notes too.
omhper (22305) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at SBWF. Near black, beige head. Brandy and chocolate dominate the nose. Mid sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Cocoa and coffee, brandy and vanilla. Mid bitter finish. Mellow and highly likable.
anders37 (20831) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ SBWF 2014. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty weak woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and caramel finish.
Travlr (18614) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Extremely dark brown color. Aroma is nutty burnt licorice and burnt brownies. Taste has licorice, burnt espresso, burnt bitter chocolate. very tasty.
TBone (14897) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at SBWF2014. My 100th Canadian rating. Dark black color, small brownish head. Aroma is weird mix of wilderness, paper and toast. Medium-bodied. Chocolate, wild yeast (mellow) and caramel. Quite odd beer.
Koelschtrinker (14570) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malziger, leicht süßer Antrunk mit milden Kaffeenoten. Für ein Imperial Stout sehr süffig, dennoch vollmundig, die Kaffeenoten steigern sich. Leichte Bourbonnoten, passend. Weich schokoladig, geringe Bitterkeit. Sehr gut! 11/12/11/12/8/11
Lubiere (11919) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 A deep stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, smooth chocolate with bourbon notes, dark fruits, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a sweet chocolate, floral hops, licorice , alcohol warmth. On tap at Festibière de Gatineau, May 24, 2013.
mcberko (11115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, sent from Marheb (thanks a lot, Martin), pours black with a medium tan head. Nose is very milky, with lactose, bourbon, vanilla and some sweetness. Flavour is similar, with bourbon, vanilla, lactose, and sweet cocoa. Full-bodied, with light bourbon accentuating the mouthfeel. Very full and decadent. Great stuff.
Ferris (9647) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Roasted malts, coffee and some mild bourbon sweetness. Jet black with a nice brown head. Chocolate and roast notes, bourbon and vanilla sweetness. Great balance and perfect body. Superb.
MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Green wood, vanilla and milk chocolate are whipped into a smooth dessert of an Imperial Stout, as roasted bitterness seals every sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-Alcohol warmth appears in the finish.
-The mouthfeel is rich but not cloying.
-Wooden barrel appears a tad raw in the end.