madvike (2372) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by CaseyK...thanks Casey! - Pours black with a brown thin head. Nose is smoky, but not overly so, roasty with a bit of boozy heat, along with a bit of soy sauce. Taste is bourbony and sweet, with dry dark malt, a bit of smoke, and a touch of nuttiness. Medium-bodied, with a touch of carbonation.
Aniela (2228) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black beer with a small brown head. Dark dried fruits, licorice, chocolate, caramell, vanilla aroma with smokey oaky notes. Dark dried fruits, coffee, licorice, vanilla, bitter, ashes flavour with some woody notes.
MikeJslc (628) - USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black, brown head. Deep malt, toffee, licorice, dark bread crusts. a little caraway, lightly smoky, some dark fruit, a little leather in this 3 year old bottle. Very tasty.
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brystmar (971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoked beers: my nemesis! Fortunately, Bar Fly chose the more noble route of well-balanced smokiness than the rigorous assault seen in many of its peers. Rich, creamy flavors and body start to finish. Booze blends particularly nicely in this brew, using itself as a full-blown component of the flavor profile rather than a side product.
A pretty darn good stout, particularly for the style.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2012. Thanks. Pours a richer deep brooding blackish pour. Dark and opaque, the edges show just a faint light of brownish glow. A frothy brown head dies to a film and laces ok. Darker and ominous. Aromas offer roast and toast, smokey malts, cocoa and coffee. Firm heat, vanilla, and oak. Firm full stouty big flavors overwhelm the senses. Initial is bigger bodied, roasty and toasty off the bat with dry cocoa, coffee, and smokey malts. Vanilla, smooth silky malts into the middle with oak, spirit, and gentle heat. Toasty and roasty, cocoa and caramel, toast, smokey and roasty malts. Backend shows firm cocoa, chocolate and powerful smoke and roast. Really dig that. Finish is a bit dry and resiny, some darkness, lingering roast and smoke trail for awhile in the finish with cocoa, roast, gentle heat and really nice lingering flavors on the palate. Really nice offering if you dig the smoke and roast elements. Can see others really not enjoying this.
Huhzubendah (2157) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt.
The beer is on the verge of black, with a wispy, thin beige cap. The aroma is of heavy roast, booze, oak, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. The flavor is toasty, with booze and chocolates. Vanilla and oak flavors are there as well. Soft smokey, campfire notes. The feel is thick, with fairly low carbonation. Booze lingers on the palate, offering a delicate warmth. Well done. While alcohol is present, it’s well integrated into the taste profile and completely unobtrusive. This beer is not the usual imperial stout. Unique and refined. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2011
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours super black with small dark brown head. The aroma holds coffee roast, dark chocolate, liquorice, tar, some smoke, wet asphalt, vanilla, dark fudge and some hops. The flavor is near medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with aggressive roast, dark/burned fudge, vanilla, buttery wood, tart, salt liquorice, mint, resinous hops. The mouthfeel is oily and round with a light to medium carbonation. Heavily roast and resinous/citric hops. Full bodied.
_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of rlgk. Pours blacker than black with a small blackish brown head that quickly dissipates without without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet and salty with heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, prunes, cookie dough, peat, charred wood, smoke, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol, salty liqourice, moist soil and hints of metal. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty and metallic with heavily roasted malts, burnt wood, peat, vanilla fudge, sheet metal, prunes, salty liquorice, raisins, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt cookies, alcohol, roasted nuts, roasted cookies and hints of moist wood and moist soil. Mouthfeel is slightly round, rough, slightly boozy, tiny astringent and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and metallic with heavily roasted malts, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, burnt cookies, charred wood, peat, alcohol and hints of raisins and prunes. What’s up with the metal?
Dazz3 (1422) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch with a small brown head. Smells liqorice, coffee and roasted malt. Tastes creamy coffee, abit salty and roasted mal. Sadly abit to much alcohol.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a small brow head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel, vanilla, peat notes, figs, raisins, smoked notes, oak notes, milky, cream, licorice, hay, metal notes. Roasted flavor, caramel, peat, hay, smoked, vanilla, raisins, figs, milky, soot, ash, bitter, metal notes, oak, warming alcohol, cream, tar, spicy notes, some chili, dry woody. Bitter roasted finish, hay, peat, dark chocolate, caramel, raisin notes. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried. Thanks Freakout!