RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle purchased at the brewpub. This is their RIS aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels, served in a snifter..
Pours black but just short of pitch. There’s a little crimson peeking through the edges. Very small head that fades quickly to a thin swirling layer of bubbles, and as a result there’s very little lacing.
Smell; lots of vanilla and molasses, with a touch of coconut and cocoa. The whiskey is present but it’s pleasantly mild, playing more of a complimentary role in the aroma.
Taste; the coconut and vanilla really come through right out of the gates. Followed by a earthy molasses sweetness that, fortunately, falls a little short of becoming cloying. The finish reminds me of the chocolate bourbon balls that my In-Laws make for Christmas minus the powdered sugar (my MIL likes her bourbon balls). I really like the whiskey profile here. It adds just enough to the beer so that you know it was aged in whiskey barrels, without overwhelming the actual beer.
Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the sticky side, and with the low carbonation, gives this a rather smooth feel. The drinkability is good, though one 750 is definitely enough.
Tyson and Co. have a winner on their hands here. This is definitely the best of their three bottled beers so far, and I really hope they keep making this one. Though I do hope they manage to find a way to reduce the price point as this is a little expensive at almost $20 a bottle.
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml->snifter. Black with huge lite brown head. Aroma and taste have oak, vanilla, chocolate, anise, booze. Lingering dark chocolate bitterness. Good.
c0fein (388) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Firmabier
Black colour with a beautiful tan sticky head. Chocolate, liquorice, smooth. Very good.
tsd08460 (314) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, coffee, whiskey
Appearance: clear black, brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, coffee
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a big creamy/frothy light brown head. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malts, anice. Flavor is a bit too smoky for my liking. Thick and creamy, with a lingering whiskey smoke. Ok, but not a fan of the smoke.
chadmasontx (21) - - AUG 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle, not aged. Dark black with thin khaki head. Coffee and roasted malt favors. Needs some aging; was a little hot. Very decent RIS, but for being BBA, not quite enough boozy flavor for my taste.
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AWISLguy (1889) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Champps Americana in Brookfield. Black pour with a little beige head. Aroma has bourbon chocolate with some oak. Taste is of dark chocolate, vanilla, some anise, some oak. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is quite hidden. Finishes slightly more sweet than bitter. Nice solid barrel aged brew.15.2
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at 2015 GTMW, pours black with a thin brown head, the aroma has a good amount of chocolate and roast, a bit of vanilla as well, the flavor has a roasty front end with some chocolate and vanilla in the finish, mouthfeel is a little bit thin but still decent, some coffee shows through too, not bad.
Travlr (16810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at GTMW. Pitch black color, brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of tobacco, burnt espresso, dark chocolate. Taste is rich roasty vanilla, coffee, cocoa. Delicious.
Mltwatson (2) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2015 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Enjoyed from a brandy glass. It looks almost too pretty to drink. Strong chocolate on the nose. Slight chocolate taste followed by coffee. All around a decent imperial stout.
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color. Tan head with good lacing and carbonation. Has a strong malt flavor. Subtle whiskey, coffee, and chocolate flavors.