DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle shared for Smitty’s 40th at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Thick oily pour, nearly black. Sweet aroma, lots of vanilla oak (super-oaky, in fact!), some sweet chocolate and coffee. Sweeter, hearty palate, again very oaky with mostly chocolate and coffee flavours. Moderately bitter finish keeps this from becoming cloying. Very good.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to kaggie97 shared at the Houston RB tasting. Pours black with tan bubbles instead of head. Nose is of ash, but hard to make out much more because this was served too cold. Taste is of ash and chocolate. Mouthfeel is chewy, hoppy bitter and dry.
kramer (5105) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear black body with a little light passing thru on the edges. Small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is quite bourbon-centric with a deep heavy roast, some chocolate, and a dark fruit note. The flavor is pretty well dominated by the bourbon. It’s full of boozy alcohol, vanilla, and charred wood. Heavy roast, slightly acrid tasting, with a bitter slightly astringent and hot finish. Medium to full bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. This one was just a little too boozy and one dimensional. This will be a chore to finish this bomber.
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black pour with a light brown head that dissipates after a minute and a half. Burnt wood, cocoa, coffee, and black licorice in the nose. Nose is complex, but not as forward as I anticipated. Very well balanced and quite drinkable given the style and ABV. I’m picking up flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, and a little more than a whisper of bourbon. Alcohol warmth creeps in after about 20 seconds but in no way overpowers. Somewhat slippery mouthfeel, but I was expecting a whole lot more body. Overall a very balanced and drinkable Imperial Stout.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much like the speedway stout. Nose is coffee and a bit of booziness. In the mouth it is thin to medium bodied and quite roasty, with chocolate coming to the fore with a pronunced sweetness you wouldn’t find in the speedway. Well made but could use a bit more body to give it some presence.
pennywhistle (15) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I found it a little sweeter, and less bitter than Speedway Stout. The bourbon flavor is there, but not too strong. Delicious beer, one of my favourite stouts.
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to corby112 for sharing this one on my trip to Philly.
A: Pours pitch black with a small khaki head. Little retention with no lace.
S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and light coffee.
T: Flavors of chocolate and coffee up front. Hints of vanilla and coconut. The barrel is there along with a bit of boozy burn in the finish.
M: On the fuller side of medium in body.
deyholla (7007) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the bottle at the 2010 February Circle City Tasting. Poured near black, but definitely a dark brown with a dark grayish brown head. Aroma had notes of coffee, tobacco and a bit of whiskey. Flavor was full of coffee and sweet dark grains with a bit of underlying alcohol.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown, bordering on completely black but with some light passing through the edges. The head is a big, creamy tan cap that recedes slowly and leaves little lacing.
The aroma is an interesting mix of dark roasted malts, espresso, oak and bourbon. There is some vanilla sweetness as well.
The taste is big and has a few different things competing for dominance. There is a stronger vanilla and oak presence up front with the heavily roasted malts and coffee staying in the background. The alcohol is not only present but very prevalent in the finish. The barrel character, especially the wine I think, leaves the finish very dry.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and the combination of dry oak, toasted malts and alcohol make it a bit abrasive.
This is a decent beer with some interest things going on but I’m not sure it all blends together in the end. The competing flavors remain just that, competing, and limit the drinkability.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours a dark cola brown to pitch black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, hints of toffee and molasses. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, booze, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, hints of toffee and overripe dark fruit, Medium body with a pleasing boozy chocolate finish.