AirForceHops (4819) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks going to Willrunforbeer splitting his 250 ml bottle and by far my favorite of the variants. Aroma is just great, vanilla, chocolate fudge hints, light ash, wood.
The body and texture is everything I look for in the style, full, rich and hearty with a oily slick texture over the tongue. The barrel treatment compliments the base stout extremely well. Slight warming sensation after the sip with the alcohol hidden except for that fact. A very nicely integrated BBA stout. Incredible how easy this stout is to drink at over 12%. This was a real treat getting to try a few variants in a vertical.
WillRunForBeer (1593) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
250mL bottle. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is smooth, dark chocolate, raisin, vanilla, bourbon. Nice.
TET (2207) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A black beer without head, only dark brown bubbles. Aroma is strongly liqurice and salt liquirice, vanilla, roastiness, some berry notes of sweetness. Taste has intensive salt liquirice, espresso, roastiness, balanced sweetness. Full bodied, low carbonation, not sticky. Quite similar than normal version, only hint of vanilla is added. The great beer, very intensive.
FraekkeFyr87 (188) - - MAY 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is full of chocolate, coffee and sugar. The color is pitch black. The taste is full of chocolate, coffee and sugar. There is no head and it’s a sweet beer. Excellent!
nihtila (1946) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with small dark brown head. Nose is strong, intense, boozy, sweet, tobacco, bourbon and vanilla, . Taste is strong and sweet, bourbon and sweet vanilla, burnt malts and caramel, dark chocolate, warming alcohol. Delicious BA IS.
Clownoisseur (376) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, thanks Mike! Pours inky black with a small brown head that rises and fades quickly. Little to no lacing. Very oily with long legs. Aromas are of wet oak, bourbon, dates, prune, leather, tobacco, earth, fudge and vanilla. Taste is incredibly balanced! Wow! Loads of chocolate, anise, earth, leather and tobacco hit your palate and coat it with a sweet oily goodness. Moves into some dark fruit notes of plum/cherry before hints of spice and earth creep in. Very nice harmony, providing loads of depth. Finishes without much alcohol detected among the wet-oak, bourbon and vanilla swirl. Heavy body, yet delicately balanced. Very nice beer!!
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. From de Hopduvel in Gent, Belgium. Pours a deep brown to black color with little to no head. Aroma is boozy, deep roasted malts, bourbon, but not vanilla, coconut character like a nice american BA stout. Flavor has burnt roasted malts, touch of whisky. Overall a solid beer, but not top 50 for me.
JefVerstraete (2229) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Oily black syrupy texture. Brown foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee with nice bourbony aftertasted. Very well balance roasty/sweet. Very good stout!
Unde (605) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark brown colour with not much head. Aroma has nice bourbon, vanilla, cream and coffee. Taste has lots of vanilla, bourbon, cream, milk coffee, espresso and of course roasted malts. Full body and low carbonation. Even better than the original George! Had this and the original side by side, and this exceeded the original in aroma and taste. Too bad this one didn’t have much head, but the flavours were amazing.
SinH4 (1254) - Garching, GERMANY - APR 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with small tan head with a red highlight. Lots of Bourbon barrel feeling, vanilla and caramel, raisins, coffee, spices. Taste is very complex, relies on the barrel vanilla, ginger, very warming, good finish. Long aftertaste. Slight booze burn in the end. Very rich and intense. Carbonation is also typically barrel-aged, still tickles a bit. Silky mouthfeel. A great BA Imperial Stout!