kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 24, 2012
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanila sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, caramel and vanilla from the rich bourbon character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
jbeatty (1210) - New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 04/17/2012, thanks to DrOrpheous. Pours an impressively thick and syrupy black, thin but dense tan head, eventually fades. Aroma of rich chocolate fondue, charred wood, vanilla and roast marshmallow, dark molasses and touch of anise with oaky vinous edge, light smoky overtones that become more subtle with warming. Taste has heavy roasted malts upfront, dark chocolate with licorice and tannic spice, bitter, boozy base- smoky quality is felt rather than tasted throughout. Dense, chewy palate, really awesome.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bar Fly pours completely black with a small tan head. The cap stays around for a minute before fading to a few wisps.
The aroma is fairly sweet; sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and molasses.
The flavor is very smooth, blending all of the flavors together in harmony, and follows the nose while being a little bit less sweet. There are some red wine notes and slight tannic nature in the middle of the sip. Lactose, chocolate, roasted malt base, red wine, a bit of coffee, vanilla, and oak.
Silky smooth, thick, creamy, chewy, and viscous. The carbonation is creamy.
Overall this is a pretty fantastic beer.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle thanks to americanbrew.
Pitch black pour with lots of tan head. Nose of anise, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. More smoke in the flavor than aroma with dark fruit and chocolate. Very unique and complex.
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes. Opened up at StoutFest’s birthday celebration. Pitch black in color with a fingers worth of reddish brown head on the pour. Completely opaque in clarity. There is really nice balance in the nose. It is heavy on the milk chocolate and red wine and is balanced out magnificently by the smoke. Having this side by side with Kate, I much preferred the nose on Bar Fly. The taste mirrors the nose, the beer starts off decadent chocolate and lush red wine. Smoke meets the palate early and persists throughout the sip along with the red wine. The mouthfeel is heavy, but smooth nonetheless. Some alcohol bite, but it’s well masked overall. One of my favorite imperial stouts to date. This beer has superior balance between the smoke and red wine and is a must for anyone that considers themself a stout lover.
hopscotch (10123) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Midnight black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The olfactory highlights for me are the notes of fudge, vanilla and blueberry that I’m able to pull from the glass. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The deeply roasted flavor provides sweet fudge, vanilla and fruity berries with very mild acrid and acidic components. Finishes sweet and caramely. Kudos to 50belair for sharing this world class bottle of beer!
50belair (2967) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the District. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Caramel malts and booze aromas. I don’t get the smoke in either the nose or the taste. A delicious stout with loads of caramel, dark roasted malts, and chocolate notes. Sweet...
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
Dark chocolate, caramel and bready cereals envelop this Imperial Stout’s resinous hop bitterness for a well-crafted albeit unremarkable sipper.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-Smoked? The smoke character is way too subtle to deserve a prominent mention on the label.
-Alcohol is well hidden by the rich sugars.
-Floral allusions are built by the hops.
-This is easy to sip on even though the mouthfeel is plump.
Bottle. Thx to whoever shared this at Coffee District!
cpetrone84 (1718) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 Had again Dec. 2011. Still good, quick notes, rich chocolate and sweet malt, underlying smokey notes. A bit sweeter than I remember.
Pours is a viscous opaque black with a thick dark tan head and solid retention. The nose has light hints of smoke and ash, roasted malts, light chocolate notes with some sweet anise and strong wood behind. The taste is well balanced with roasted malts and a rich chocolate brownie component. Dark fruits and faint smoke notes accompany a woody finish. The feel is full bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry finish and gentle carbonation. Very complex, very integrated, and very balanced. Well done.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #74. Great beer, moderate smoke and just delicious overall, would like more. (2047)