neuromatt (954) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 mL bottle served in a stem glass, side-by-side with the original at a tasting at Chris’ place. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose has bigger chocolate notes than the original, combined with subtle cognac and oak. The coffee still comes through, but is more subtle. Earth, molasses and a slight hoppiness rounds it out. The flavour is moderately sweet with molasses, chocolate and oaky cognac notes from the nose. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great cognac barrel aged imperial stout. It is delicious and I only wish I had another bottle! 2012-12-01
stoutnick (290) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 Jelly like and medium viscousity with small dark tan head. Choc barrel aged smell. Taste is nice chocolate, sweetness and coffee at end of palate. Vanilla - yum! Beautiful finish, with a lingering malty sweetness. Great beer. Only thing I’d say is it could be a bit more chewy, and maybe there is too much to register with the flavours.
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Theis! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a nice dark grain and dark chocolate with strong coffee and just a bit of barrel. Flavor has strong dark coffee with some dark chocolates, cognac and earthy dark grains.
GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Power stuff. Chocolate, coffee, slightly medicinal cognac throughout. Nicer sipper.
Jade (393) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black with a beige head. Nice coffee and bourbon/whiskey aroma.
Smooth.... coffee and a touch of whiskey. Warming aftertaste.
What a cracking beer.
olr1984 (732) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown pour with tan khaki head. Strong oak barrel and coffee aromas. Coffee chocolate oak cognac and strong boozy taste.
rejtable (1071) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big massive boozy beer. Pours black with maybe a glint of brown against light.head just a tiny ring and no lacing. Nose is cognac and molasses. Aromas are sweet molasses, espresso, dark fruit with a nice cognac burn to the finish. Taste is medium sweet with some bitterness from the coffee and alcohol. Mouth is oily with low ish carbonation. Really nice.
JoePeesie (850) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an oily black with tan head. Nose is heavy on the cognac, a bit of roastiness as well. The mouth feel was thin, the taste was overly bozzy and muddled. I think this may be my last disappointing bottle from these guys. At $15 for a 375 ml I deserve better. Unfortunately this become the rule not the exception....
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades normal.
S - Dark chocolate malts, bold roasted coffee, cognac, oak, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, milk chocolate, some booze.
T - Dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, oak, cognac, sweet caramel and milk chocolate, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops and some mild bitterness, vanilla, and some booze.
M - Full-minus bodied with mild carbonation. Super smooth and a bit creamy with a warming, sweet, and roasty finish.
D - The barrel adds some really nice complexity to the base beer. Really nicely balanced.
jeremyh70 (500) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color with ruby highlights. No head and little lacing. Chocolate, alcohol and cognac aroma. A little bitter at first then some chocolate. Cognac mid taste then coffee aftertaste. Dry with moderate mouthfeel. Very good. Would like to dry different styles.
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