jhamp9 (1049) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black with a thin beige head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, wood, and a little vinous and a hint of pepper. Taste is bitter up front and then gets a little sweeter. Has chocolate, coffee, red wine, and sweet dark fruits. Dry finish and somewhat prickly carbonation. Really liked this.
vipinvelp (2189) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with lasting light brown foam head. Aroma is chocolate and smalle coffee. Taste is nice bitter with tones of coffee and bitter chocolate. Aftertaste is bittersweet. A truly nice beer. (Houston 201301)
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mocha colored pour with a tight khaki head. Cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla, oak and hints from the pinot barrels. Get some of the red wine qualities, dark fruit accompanied by chocolate, vanilla bean, and rich coffee. Interesting and unique...definitely the best I’ve had from the brewer.
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned with medium carbonation. Black and opaque with a fine beaded tan head. Aromas of Chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa and red cherries. Both the vanilla aroma and cherry notes are probably due to it having been aged in pinot barrels. Dry espresso like finish. Good example of the style but I would prefer just a touch more malt sweetness.
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 29, 2012 - bottle at Brett’s tasting. Dark brown pour with lots of head and lacing. Roasted malt, smoke and red wine in the aroma. Taste was similar plus some wood.
Phillies08Champs (692) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours black with some head that lingers. nose is charcoal, fruity red wine, smoke, plums and black malt. first sip is similar with mild coco flavors. feels lighter than 10+%. finish is clean but a bit thin. solid Imp Stout.
bleeng (1522) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as pictured. Dark coffee black with a very small tan head. Nose is coffee, roastiness, Taste starts off very bitter and biting, with a big burnt taste. Some tanginess and light spiciness. No coffee or burnt roastiness in a typical impy stout. The wine barrel aging tones this down a notch and gives it a unique flavoring. Enjoyable.
beerbastard (687) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for the present, Mark! Lots of pressure under that cork, watch where you aim it. Black pour with a lasting tan head. Vinous nose with wood and a background of chocolate. Very lively carbonation. Sweet tart flavors with wine and cherry chocolates. Dry finish. Great beer with an interesting twist.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Scott. Aroma is roasty withse noticeable Pinot character. Flavor is more of the nose with a crazy champagne mouthfeel. Did I mention the carbonation was so strong that the cage broke in half under the pressure of the bottle being opened? Really unique type of imperial stout...not normal at a all. Very good beer.
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Dodgrblu (607) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Walnut Creek; cork flew out as if it was Champagne. Thick head, roasted aroma, dry fruitiness. Not for the stout purist.