Mrnoluv (79) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol smell from the get go, woody, the coffee, chocolate smell is very light, very dark appearance but not super black, that wood smell tastes just as good, bitter coffee after taste is left on the plate, I do also taste some fruit as well raisin or plum, you get that warming feeling as it goes down. This one would be a great one to age.
kayres (315) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a thick tan head. Big malty nose. Sweet and smooth. Very choclaty and smooth. Big bitter hop and roast finish
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Travlr (9814) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Very dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of vinous cocoa, light licorice. Taste has anise, dark roast, chocolate, dark fruit. Smooth and tasty.
MikeJslc (628) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roast, pinot barrel is evident, some licorice. Flavor: baker’s chocolate, licorice, pinot barrel, dry biscuity character.
johnnnniee (1821) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of chocolate and caramel with a light roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Dark pitted fruits and a bit of grape skin round out the nose. This smells more like a sweet or a milk stout than an imperial. The flavor is lots of caramel and chocolate maltiness with bits of vanilla and pitted fruits.There is a vinous component and a hint of wood and alcohol as this warms. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Not exactly what I was thinking of when I bought this but it was a nice sipper just the same.
brewballs (106) - USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at the HEB Central Market place, thought about it for a bit. Then saw it later that day at a SPEC’s and had to have it. Dark, coffee color. Espresso notes. Laces your glass quite well. Full-bodied. Sweet but has a bite at the tail end. Smooth, hazy after taste. Thick and rich. As far as Imperial Stouts, this one is good! Great brew for a cold night. My only issue is that the bottle needs to be a little bigger, bomber size would work.
BeerGuy84 (14) - - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and inviting with a moderate tan head. Lighter aroma than expected. Taste is oaky with dark fruit and roasted coffee. Thin for an Imperial Stout.
BOSSbrewer (1021) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Pours opaque. Aroma is faint but slight roast. Flavor is very winey. Yuck. Why put an IS in wine barrels. Not pleasant. Not to style and just not enjoyable. Alcohol is very up front. Finishes thin and very dry.
b3shine (3494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster. Looks good; a semi-opaque very dark cola. Smells solid; dark malt, oak, pinot noir, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Good beer.
NeoHippie2 (627) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour with a tan head. Big oak aromas upfront with roasted malt, pinot noir, and coffee notes. Flavor is all about the barrel. Lots of oak character with wine and tannin notes coming through all backed by the big roasty stout character. So complex! This was very well done. An awesome example of the style and what good barrel-aging can do to a beer.
kerrmatt (19) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak, oak and more oak, love it. Some nice pinot noir tannins and fruit coming through on the back of a deliciously strong stout. I suspect there was a deliberate decent bit of leftover pinot noir in the barrels used for ageing. Good winter warmer or late summer evening wind down. Great beer as is but.. add some manuka smokiness, more smoothness with a bit extra hoppy complexity to the stout backbone and a this could be a world beater. Thanks Moa.