thomas15 (689) - USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aroma for style licorice dark fruit, some bourbon, brown sugar. Black with brown edges. Off white head. Well intergrated bourbon, some chocolate....but everything is kind of subdued. Kind of like itís aged. Nice in a way, busurprising... Wood and cherry come out on aroma with warmth.
solidfunk (4885) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well balanced and barreling is well done but not a whole lot going on here in terms of being unique or original. Pours black with great mocha head and lacing. Creamy consistency. Easy drinking and well hidden booze. Finishes lightly bittersweet. Tap at Scion.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hearty black with 1/4 inch of medium tan head that faded fairly quickly into sparse wisps and med-thin collar. Pretty good legs, but only fair lacing. Aroma is warm woody bourbon, earthy/roasty/smoky malt, and black coffee. Taste is that roasty/smoky malt, bitter coffee, licorice, burnt hair and boozey heat. Not terrible, just unbalanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, that high alcohol definitely shows and itís a touch over carbonated.
eworkman1 (50) - - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alcohol is mellowed out by the barrel aging. Nice carbonation and dried fruit overtones.
Danyel (1281) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is roasty, vanilla, cocoa, sweet. Taste is sweet with a touch of bitterness on the finish, a bit of wood tannin, not over oaked but still present, full bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, tasty.
Padron4KM (619) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, Pours opaque with ruby edges. Soapy tan head, moderate lacing.
Aroma is creamy coffee, oak, vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is milk chocolate covered cherries, bitter coffee, oaky tanins, light roasted grain. Faint minty, herbal hops. Not sure it will age that well, but Iím going to try anyway.
trapped (1119) - New York City, TURKEY - DEC 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Inky black with small foamy beige head, faint caramel aroma for which you reallly have to strain yourself, low carbonation, thick body, caramel-mocha flavored rum-like taste, long finish with strong alcohol aftertaste. Very satisfyingly rich and strong.
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a nice beer for sure, but not an elite impy stout. actually poured lighter than an earlire oatmeal stout, but is pretty big on chocolate/licorice.raisiny aroma. hops and roasted malt also present in the flavor. pretty smooth, alcohol eveident but not overdone."
Maltser85 (333) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet Black with one finger creamy off white head. Aroma is roasty, with faint bitter chocolate. Notes of caramel and plums and dark cherries. Body is medium, but mouth feel is creamy. Taste is bitter hops, slight coffee, dark fruit, cherry, bitter chocolate, roast notes, caramel. Sticky sweet on the lips. Slight alcohol phenols. Good though.
Dave11899 (23) - Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 of nitro bottle from the 2014 release. Poured hard into a pub glass.
Aroma is simple. Alcohol with slight bitter chocolate.
Taste is also simple. Semi-sweet chocolate with a faint. Iím talking faint hint of bourbon.
Palate is the best I have ever experienced. Iím sure that comes from the nitro. As other Lefthand nitro brews have this commonality. So velvety smooth. That also comes from a head that continually rebuilds itself with each sip. This adds an extra creaminess to the brew.
Overall I am extremely disappointed. I have heard amazing things about this beer. I would never guess itís been aged for an entire year. Nor would I say that this is a Russian imperial. I consider it to be classified as a sweet/milk imperial.
Crash26 (16) - Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Batch from 12/12 from a bomber. This beer disappointed me greatly. The only thing I can taste is the alcohol. Kind of a whiskey/rum flavor. Looks fairly normal, but smell and taste is dominated by the booze. Very hard to pull out any other characteristics. Many other stouts I'd choose over this one.
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