valpoaj (635) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged bottle brought of the cellars for rating #600, and to share with a friend (although I’m sure I ’could’ enjoy this one all alone, gotta share this treat). Black pour with a robust tan head, the aroma is relatively strong with tons of dark, sugary malt, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits and some wood - very good nose! Flavor is excellent - lots of the characteristic caramelized, sugary malt, a pleasant level of bourbon-laden oak, dark fruit, and dark/sweet chocolate - highly enjoyable. Palate was smooth and oily but highly drinkable, and maybe the age had had some impact, but the ABV was absolutely not notable. Had high hopes for this, and it did not miss - up there with the best impy stouts I’ve had.
alexsdad06 (5803) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared with the group. Pours black with a dark tan head. The aroma and flavor have dark malts, roast, big sweet character, chocolate, dark fruits, cabernet sauvigon, oak, bourbon, maple syrup and tobacco. I found it easy to drink even at almost 13%. Full bodied, smooth drinking. I have been wanting to try this for some time and was not disappointed.
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Viscous black pour with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, pipe tobacco, and maple. Flavor is bourbon forward with the sweet flavors of molasses and maple syrup coming through nicely, notes of the roasted malts come out as well. Oak notes in the sweet and long finish, slightly warming from the abv. So complex and balanced! I’d been wanting to try this beer for a long time and it did not disappoint at all! Delicious!
tgncc (2848) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Good Life, Massapequa Park. Awesome aroma, chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses, licorice. The appearance is deep black, deep tan head. The flavor is licorice, tobacco, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon. The finish is bittersweet chocolate, oak, sweetness of bourbon, but no booze burn. for such a high ABV, the booze is almost undetectable. Beautiful beer
Ataraxia (385) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense opaque black, near nonexistent tan lacing. Potent aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, charred wood, a hint of maple syrup. Vinous, with a slight umami taste is prevalent. Viscous but the body is a bit thin for the style and alcohol content.
Dodgrblu (626) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, aroma is sweet bourbon, flavor is the same, slightly watery.
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rejtable (1399) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer! Pours espresso. Notes of caramel, esresso and lots of dark fruit. Taste was big sweet and mediium bitter. Big full body with lots of carbonation.
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle from Whole Foods. Black with a brown head, fades to a faint ring around the glass. Light maple, molasses, vanilla, oak, some bourbon and booze, roasted/burnt malts. Full body, moderate carbonation, hint of sweetness, alcohol warmth, more molasses, thick, long complex finish. Everything is very finely balanced and works very well together.
Theydon_Bois (9657) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Blind Tiger, NYC, special keg beer at 5pm, 25/11/13.
Pitch black with a big ole proper dirty tan head that thins a little but retains well.
Nose is big roasty ballsacks, dark chocolate, light smoke, tar, earthy.
Taste comprises big roast tones immediately followed up by a layer of sweetness, dark toffee fudge, dark chocolate, light boozey do.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, booze coated finish.
Solid impy work, not too hot for 12%.
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at City Beer Store, San Francisco. Colour is black with very small brown head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and massive roasted malts.