ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (!) At Lord Hobo, 3/19/15.
Well, as usual, a rare treat to have this on draft in Boston. Almost headless, assumedly opaque black body has a dark tan head that can be coaxed out with some swirling.
The aroma is sublime. Soft, succulent caramel laden espresso beans and graceful vanilla touches. Somehow completely devoid of fusels or oher alcohols....and i did let it warm fully. Chocolate is moderate and nothing here overpowers.
I wish I was as in love with the flavor, and to be fair, its deliciously chocolatey and richly malty up front. The finish is just overpoweringly astringent. Must be a mix of barrel tannin and coffee roast but Im just unable to get past it. Texture is silky, surprisingly light for its size with ample, tight carbonation.
Homer321 (2768) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whale bottle thanks to bytemesis. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dies quickly. Nose is super rich coffee and chocolate, moderate booze and vanilla. Taste is just as amazing and covers the three essentials of my favorite beer: coffee, chocolate, booze. A light to moderate alcohol warming. Seems to be smooth but builds as you sip. Overall, a very well made beer, and it combines everything very well. The high alcohol seems to detract a bit, and as I continue to sip, it even seems to be a bit peppery and hot. Overall, very good.
kaser (4087) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour from 12oz. Bottle at home. Brown head. Spicy sugar and cocoa aroma. Cocoa, coffee, butter, bourbon, vanilla. So much. So good
boxofrane (2417) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at blue dog. Pours pitch black with minimal head. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, slight booze. The taste is roasted malt, milk chocolate, light booze.
skmikeg (1327) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head which fades to just a little lacing. Aroma is of roadrwd malts, bourbon, spicy dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, anise, licorice, and some light booze. Taste is bourbon, spicy coco, dark fruits,roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, licorice, anise, woody notes, and some light booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel,and a semi bitter, warming, slightly hot, long, lingering finish overall, excellent BBA imperial stout that features coco nibs nicely and hides its high abv pretty nicely
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice bba imp stout courtesy of ernesto. Aroma is roast, brownie batter, vanilla whiskey and tobacco. Taste is moderat sweet and delectable. Tons of brownie batter.
Cybercat (4034) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours rich coffee brown with a fairly thick dark tan head. Smoky malt aroma has strong overtone of high-quality coffee plus cocoa, earthy, bourbon and woody hints. Flavor is a symphony of roast malt, quality coffee, bourbon, chocolate, woody, earthy and molasses tones. Texture is firm and viscous, though fizz is none too strong; finish is smoky and earthy. Go like a bat out of hell to any bottle shop that has this available!
beerbastard (780) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured black with dark tan head. Fresh cut wood with Bourbon, followed with chocolate and alcohol. Love the balance of flavors. A rich blend of Oak, Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. Great full palate. Smooth with burn. This would get better with a year of age. Must fine another bottle to save. Love the label.
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at Matt’s, corked bottle, 13.5% ABV
Black color, brown head. Rich aroma of dark fruits, some roasted malt, and a prelude to the sourness. Smooth mouthfeel, rich chocolate flavor, a lot of tobacco, too much alcohol presence; some sourness from the dark malts, light liquorice, cocoa and coconut, a fruity note.
Ferris (7698) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Rich dark roast and roast coffee. Jet brown with a brown head. Light boozy, dark roast with a coffee, oily mouthfeel and a long finish. Nice.