joeneugs (3118) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley. It pours a nice dark brown color with a frothy brown head. The aroma is not quite as boozy as I expected but still packs a potent bourbon punch with tons of vanilla and milk chocolate. Wood and alcohol are in there as well, but in a supporting role. The flavor starts out decent enough with some sweet vanilla, wood and fudge notes, but it quickly becomes very rough in the back of the mouth with an overpowering bitter, acrid note. Tough to choke down, really. As I sip it, I become more adjusted to this assault, but canít get over the aftertaste which leaves me feeling like I just sucked on a freshly laquered pine chair leg thats covered in cigarette ashes. Itís surprisingly not all that hot though. Eh, this one was not so good. Too ridiculously big.
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a very small tan head. Strong vanilla and bourbon aromas along with some booze. Quite a bit of roasted malt, maybe a little char. Sweet sugar and caramel with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet with a touch of bitterness from all the roast. Brown sugar, caramel, and a dark chocolate maltiness to go with lots of bourbon and vanilla. A light booziness and still plenty of roast/char flavors.
BenH (2162) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tidy brown head. Hefty dose of alcohol in the aroma, works well though, well balanced hit of bourbon vanilla, chocolate and molasses. Taste is again alcohol dominated, also rich with chocolate and bourbon. Fairly light bodied, bordering on the thin side, quite fizzy and a relentless alcohol burn. Very tasty but maybe a bit much
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle wi Ben. Very potent nose. Vanilla oak and LOADS of booze. Looks good - black with a resilient tan broon head. The flavour is wild. Untamed alcohol makes itís presence felt immediatly and then slowly warms the whole chest section. The sweetness of the vanilla offsets the marauding booze quite nicely. Thereís a touch of coffee and chocolate but basically I think itís too strong. A bit of a novelty. I think I prefer this to the normal Black and probably less than Mikkellers íBlack Holeí range. Still really tidy though. Obviously.
Habanero (2470) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Fair lacing. Nose of roasted malts, coffee, bourbon and dark fruit. Sweet flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Slightly more dry finish with alcohol. ****
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, Imperial Stout rating #500. Black pour, brown head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon, vanilla, leather, chocolate, light coffee, tobacco. Flavor is a wonderful blend of chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla. Very, very enjoyable beer!
BoostIPA (1198) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my secret santa! Thanks bro! Pours a thick as oil black, I mean like used motor oil black. Compact brown head. Aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, cocoa, coffee with an element of meanness. First sip reveals this beers bad intentions. Wow. The bitter cocoa hits you first, followed by a punch of coffee with a long alcohol warming finish. This beer is pulling no punches. It kicks you in the nuts and when you fall down, it kicks you again. This is a mean motherfucker. So much alcohol in the finish, this isnít even a fair fight. Itís not even trying to hide it either. Bad intentions. Mean spirited. Fucking amazing.
harrystrill (93) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 This is the most bourbon tasting imperial stout I have ever had coffee, vanilla chocolate, treacle smooth and silky did I mention bourbon ! I get the impression the buffalo trace barells were at least a third full relay if you are a bourbon lover this is the muts nuts,
gEUS (997) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle - pours jet black with faint marroon brown head. Aroma is nicely bourbonish with every kind of roast one can imagine, dark wood, chcolate, coffee, terpentine, some raisins. Medium body but with immediate attack of alcohol heat, burning from the mid all the way in the finish. I cannot imagine that the alcohol only come from the beer and the barrel ageing. I bet the barrel was still half full of bourbon when filling it with the beer given the heat and the kind of palate, the thin character of the beer and the alcohol percentage, not to mention the ridiculous price (15Ä). Stil special enough though.
PorterPounder (5356) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl - at drowlandís 7/7/12 going away tasting party - thanks to drowland. Dark black tar-like pour. Fresh roasty aroma with hints of bourbon. Flavor is exquisite with a licorice essence to it. Pick up some day old cold black coffee, some creosote, a bit of chocolate and a boozy back end accented by high quality bourbon. Sticky mouthfeel. Awesome.