ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly smoky, very roasty nose, just a touch of dark chocolate and dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, with lots of milk chocolate, some coffee, some licorice and lots of raisins. It’s just a bit rough and unrefined.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, split with McBerko (thanks!) Pours the expected deep black with a tan head. Aroma is chocked full of fruitcake like potency; boozy raisins, molasses, caramel, slight cocoa and a hint of pepper. Taste is much the same but with a lush and tongue sticking thickness. Alcohol is fairly evident but not amiss. Finish is lingering and warm. Well done.
jake65 (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks brewolf! Intensely dark brown pour with a short lived brown head. Rich aroma is thick with sweetness. Molasses and oak. The maple syrup is evident at first sip and again in the tail. Sweet. More molasses and this time vanilla. Some chocolate. Smooth barrel notes compliment it all. Drank great from cellar to room temp. Excellent.
mcberko (10077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, split with manuchampions, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, molasses and a little roasted malt. Flavour reveals a sort of raisin-bread upfront, with a touch of molasses / chocolate malt and oak, and booze. Thick, syrupy, and heavy mouthful. Delicious
iowaherkeye (2700) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber, 2008 edition, and the label states oak whiskey casks (no red wine here), also a different label with their usual sun logo cartoon. I think I got this one from JW77--thanks John! Wow--black as black can be with a small oily deep tan head. Molasses, raisins, dark chocolate and roasted grain up front in the nose, some sweet whiskey and vanilla wood behind. Lastly some anise notes work their way in. Flavor definitely has a lot more roast, as well as a little more anise. Even less whiskey noted--actually can’t hardly pick up on any at all other than some dry old woody notes. The flavor just seems like a totally different beer. There’s some salty soy notes midway through, and it’s lost the molasses and most of the rich chocolate notes. Mainly it’s a salty roasty as hell impy in the flavor. Dry finish with bitterness at a 3, some alcohol noted. Huge thick slick body with scant carbonation. If the flavor kept up what the aroma had, this would’ve been a winner.
robertjm (807) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge dark brown head that you could float a coin on. Eventually falls after a few minutes resting in the glass. Body is dark as the darkest black hole, sucking up any light that you hold directly up to the glass. Light aroma of chocolate and figs. SERIOUS MOUTHFEEL!! This stuff is thicker and chewier than even Older Viscosity from Port, which is saying a lot. The duel aging in red wine, as well as whiskey, barrels adds in interesting twist, muting out the typical vanillas one is used to in barrel aged brews. Flavor has light bit of toasted coconut and plums with bitterness on the back end. Warming in the throat after taking several mouth fulls. Highly recommend sharing this with someone else, or if you’re alone either get yourself a brew cap to save some for tomorrow or don’t plan on going anywhere!! Was interesting to try, but won’t be on my radar to try again with its $18/btl price tag.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brouwers Big Wood IV.
Pours black like ink with a small dark tan head that quickly soared to the glasses edge and entirely dissipated. The nose was oak, roasted coffee and malt (pretty subdued for a stout), slight vinous notes, black licorice, and dark chocolate. The taste was very strong black licorice, slight red wine, subdued roasted coffee and dark malts, oak, and soft vanilla. Mouthfeel was mildly creamy, more watery than expected, but very smooth. Great stout.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at a recent tasting, alongside continuous streaming of the Berserker scene from Clerks. Thanks, Ben!
A: Poured near black with a very dark head. Appeared nice and viscous.
S: Very rich all around. Not getting too much of the maple and probably wouldn’t know it was there if I wasn’t told, but the there is definitely some molasses and a bit of dark fruit alongside roasted malt and chocolate.
T: Similar to the nose but with the addition of some black licorice and a bit of oak, adding in a touch of vanilla. Very nice taste and quite complex.
M: Nice and full without too much of an alcohol kick to it.
D: Very good. Midnight Sun always impresses, and this is no exception. Especially drinkable alongside the aforementioned Clerks scene, which will forever give me very fond memories of drinking this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-13-2010
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a fairly viscous and black one with a mild tan head forming.
S: The nose is fairly complex with plenty of dark chocolate and molasses coming out right away. The oak and vanilla notes are a bit more subtle and the roast and coffee are not quite as in your face as in many stouts.
T: A pronounced licorice character comes through on the palate that I did not expect from the nose. Again, plenty of molasses and chocolate going on with a fair amount of oakiness. A moderate bitterness is present as well.
M: The body is medium, not quite to the full range, with a smooth carbonation that eventually ended up dying out as I went back for my subsequent pours from the bottle.
D: For a 10% imperial stout, this is quite drinkable, I will say. Not necessarily amazing, but still enjoyable and definitely different.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of brewengineer on 04/12/2010. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some caramel. Sweet roast, chocolate, rum-soaked fruit and caramel flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation.