rejtable (1434) - 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 (2101) - 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 (9960) - 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 (3084) - 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.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2012, 12.7% ABV
Pours black with some mocha surface foam and rimming, this dissipates leaving an inky black surface. Smells mineralic, lots of sweet vanilla, some bits of bourbon, caramel and oak alongside hints of licorice and dark chocolate nibs. The mineral quality has some notes I really value in a -bal beer. Taste is sweet and robust. Plenty of toasted and roasted oats, some licorice, raisin, wood, coffee and nougat. Not as impressed with the taste. Full bodied with low carb and a dry finish. Nice beer, not worth the effort for me.
Serving type: bottle
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. An opaque black beer, with a large, frothy, mostly lasting dark brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, molasses, chocolate), with notes of maple, vanilla, coconut, raisins, bourbon, wood and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, oily/thick texture, soft carbonation, pretty long finish with light to moderate bitterness, moderately to heavily alcoholic. One of the best BA Impy nose I’ve ever encountered for both complexity and intensity. Super sweet in the mouth, but I’m happy that the bourbon is not overbearing. As usual in my case for the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout I enjoyed more sniffing rather than drinking it. Superb, anyway.
Westmeister (1831) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick black milkshake like pour with dark brown thinner head. Smell is heavy molasses, just touch of bourbon, booze galore, dark fruits, rum. Taste is dark, dark, dark. Ripe aged fruits, aged bourbon taste, some leather, booze, just heavy in a lot of flavors. Just thick. Better as it warms.
baraciisch (2032) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours inky black with no head... Viscous body, like motor oil.... Aroma of molasses, maple syrup, roasted malts, and bourbon barrels... Flavor is sweet initially of dark fruits, chocolate, syrup, with hints of dark chocolate, red wine on the finish... Solid
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bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2013. Pours opaque black with a small black head,creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, maple, more vanilla, roastiness, dark chocolate, and lots of wood. Flavor is medium sweet, woody, lightly bitter, molasses. Finish is a bit bitter with a bit of that maple bitterness that I get in some maple beers. Fully body, creamy, a bit hot. Hella good.
aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet roasty aroma, deep black color with a burnt brown head, sweet with a hint of bitterness and roasted malts. Lingering caramel aftertaste am this beer shine.