Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Datk brown. Aroma of wood and maybe a bit of wine. Rich taste but mors boozy and lightly fruity...lacks the malt richness I prefer and goes down a bit hot. Ok, but a bit disappointing.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Medium brown head atop clear dark garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, light Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some Bourbon. Soft medium-full body.
bhensonb (10216) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 shared by Marcus. Pours very dark brown with a beige/tan smear. Aroma is bourbon/wine. Reboot brain. There’s a lot bourbon/alcohol in the aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is arguably a bit tannic/sour with smooth bourbon and dark toast malt. It’s very complex and tasty.
Lubiere (9330) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thick frothy brown head. In aroma, bitter chocolate, licorice, peaty notes and alcohol warmth. In mouth, a smooth peaty chocolate with burned coffee, vanilla, aniseed, loads of alcohol, nice. Tasted with GRM, Puskinwow, Boutip, Ian, Mike on Sept. 7 2012.
daknole (8348) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich brown pour with a light brown head. Creamy and delicious. Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, fudge. Fine beer.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at Volo. Fairly strong carbonation.Big roast, very lacy black bodied. Dry, a dry stout/Imperial stout. A sipper. Mouthfeel at best medium.
Drake (7850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Pours a dark orange-brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of sweet malts, earth, banana, spice and brown sugar. The taste is brown sugar, slightly tart roasted notes, banana, spice. Medium bodied.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from an old trade (Dated 4/2012). Now available locally. Pours with a very dark brown, but not quite inky pour, medium sized fluffy brown head. Medium retention, good lace. Aromas are of coffee, dark chocolate, pancakes and bourbon (typical morning). Some minerality, very mild esters, vanilla, lactone, lightly spicy spirit character. Medium caramel to butterscotch roundness. Flavors are vinous and possibly a touch tart (definitely low pH for an imperial stout). Dark fruits, currant, light barrel, dark chocolate and caramel. I’d say there is definitely an infection starting up (which is a shame). Still quite drinkable now. Barrel character is moderate to light, but there is a medium strong tannin influence on the mouthfeel. A bit thin, livelier carbonation than expected. Medium warmth. Glad I drank this on now.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours clear deep ruby. Small off white bubbles. Nose is savory, small smoke, baked cherries, dark chocolate. Taste is aerated, black cherry, minerally, small dark chocolate. Not so bad.
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MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
American oak greenness mounts this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout’s roasted malt flavors, while banana candy, vanilla and flowers build depth.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam garnishes the blackness.
-The mouthfeel is soft and plush. Not too heavy, and not lean either.
-Roasted malts create bitterness alongside resinous hops and lingering oak flavors.
-Alcohol is a discreet presence in the flavor profile.