MacBoost (1488) - 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 isn’t even a fair fight. It’s 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 (1425) - 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 (15€). Stil special enough though.
PorterPounder (6144) - 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 drowland’s 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.
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black with big, foamy, chocolate shake head / Big, rich nose of chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco, coconut, and cream / Very full body, chewy, thick and rich with some alcohol burn but not bad, moderately sweet, acidic but most buried under the massive body, great hop balance with long, bitter finish / Flavors of semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, coconut, vanilla, oak, tobacco, licorice, cream, plum, prune, caramel, and bourbon (redundant) / I could deduct a point for heat, but to what end? Got to get more and cellar.
drowland (6770) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by me. Nice black pour. Awesome BA aroma with sweetness. Awesome coffee flavor and the ashiness and the BA. Damn.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Danny! Black pour with a tan head. Nose is sweet, sweet bourbon, coconut, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is phenomenal. Does not taste like 20% great balance, bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds and sweet bourbon. Beer rules and end on a bitter coffee note.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 375 ml.... It pours pitch black with a large fluffy creamy tan head... The aroma is strong whisky notes, brown sugar and chocolate.... very nice.... The flavor is strong whiskey with cream, chocolate, dark fruits and licorice finish..... very nice brew ! as the rest of Black series..... love it !
FullObs (134) - Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml. Black with a 1/2" tan head. Deliciously strong chocolately aroma. Medium thick body is thinned just a bit by the whiskey. Welk carbonated. Tasty sweet with chocolate followed by a slight biterness and a strong whiskey in the finish. Great beer but a sipper for me.
NikkTwist (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 Bottle at Eulogy. Pitch black pour with a dark brown head. Heaven awaites! Big warm boozy bourbon at the nose. Sips surprisingly smooth, though the alcohol feels flammable. Buffalo Trace leads the charge but some more complex barrel notes are in the stampede. Charcoal. Leather. Tar. Rotting red fruits. Black pepper. Some expected coffee and dark chocolate. Some unexpected burned coconut shell. Crumbled biscotti. Dried vanilla bean. Desiccant black walnuts. A whole dark little world going on in a beer that is definitely a meal and a half!