jbeahler (37) - USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16.9 oz bottle poured very viscous. Pitch black with a finger of dark brown chocolate head. Aromas of smooth whisky up front, followed by deep roasted cocoa beans, coffee, burnt toast. The whisky comes through way more in the aroma than the taste. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and roasted malty sweetness. Little char and vanilla oak along with peat whisky. Finishes with a nice, unexpected hop bite. Crisp and unique aftertaste. Mouthfeel is robust and backed by a little bit of carbonation. This is a wonderful barrel treated stout. I saved it for 12/25 and I’m glad I did. Bourbon or whisky flavors aren’t overpowering like they can be, but balanced perfectly with chocolate and hops. Loved this brew, pick it up if you can find it.
krompt (611) - - FEB 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split with Crompt. He does not recall. He’s got one cellared. Maybe he’ll remember that one.
Osprey87 (1078) - London via, WALES - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #999. 500ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Big black pour into a snifter. Black with a big brown head, no lacing. Smell is impressive - rum, honey, alcohol infused chocolates, dark chocolate cherries, ’After 8’ mints, paint, liquorice, figs, plums. Body is medium, slightly foamy but smooth. The taste of this beer changes over time and I’d recommend giving it 30 minutes in the air first. Chocolate, molasses, no alcohol coming through, finishes with ash, tobacco, TCP and tannins, which makes this beer a little harsh until it softens up. Very good overall.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of dkachur. Dark black body with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet honey and vanilla aroma with some peat. Big scotch flavor, some roast and chocolate with faint honey. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
mikeyo1 (76) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with Biege to brown head. Aroma is at first sniff mostly smoky peat, but diminishing while drinking more. Loads of sweet honey and oak barrel, roasted malts, dark bread some vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is unbalanced by dry astringent sourness in the aftertaste. An Overall interesting and quite odd beer.
CarlJonas (199) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottled 2009) Black with a big brown head. Not much lacing but plenty of drapes. Honey and Madeira on the nose. Some peat when I poured but that quickly disappeard. The taste is honey sweet up front, then slightly sour and roasted and then comes the whiskey that also dominates the aftertaste together with the honey. Rich mouthfeel and surprisingly high carbonation but quite sticky. Feels like the honey has taken over, I don’t recall it being so very dominant when the beer was younger, but it’s still quite complex and every sip brings out different nuances. I think it maybe peaked a couple of years ago though, but it’s still pretty tasty.
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, weird burnt orange head; heavy roast aroma; taste is roast malt, smoke; salty whisky is present but not overpoweringly so, perhaps the honey is sufficient to smooth things out; bitter finish; for a high abv beer this is surprisingly well balanced; would love some of this on a snowy winters night.
SHIG (3402) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to fata2683: Poured black with tan head. Bourbon chocolate and roasted. Taste is rich coffee bean and roasted malts, chocolate.
lliams (193) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour was striking- nearly silenced the room. Black, visous, dark tan head. The aromas jump out, honey was immediate, with alcohol ... tar, smoke, apple core.. our example was old and not in the best condition. still, a wonderful drink
ansalon (801) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with no head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, dark dried fruit, honey, bourbon. Taste is honey, bourbon, tobacco, liqourice, tar.
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jkwood04 (3213) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, a lot of smokiness/peatiness from the Scotch barrels, some coffee and chocolate, a little honey, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of roasted malts and whiskey. Smooth, thicker texture. A good imperial stout, but the whiskey could be a little smoother in this beer.