Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/25/2013. Pours black with a thin, brown head. Aroma is incredible; so much coffe, cappuccino, espresso, vanilla. Taste caught me slightly off-guard. Highly acidic, black coffee, burnt coffee beans, roast, bourbon. Medium carbonation. Aggressive, full-bodied mouth feel. This stout is incredibly aggressive; it stings a bit on the tongue. The barrel aging really helps to calm this beer down, if even just a bit. But I enjoyed this and could drink it often.
bigtaster (686) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 650 into snifter. Pours black with just hints of light coming through with an amber tint to it, medium fine head with soapy spots spread through it. Nose is intense dark dried fruits, fig, raisin, dates, licorice, caramel, malted barley. Very smooth body, medium to high sweetness, low bitterness to start moving to a nice moderate bitter finish, a bit of booze at the back of the throat, full bodied. There is a bit of pine in the finish, with more dried fruits. Good, but just not hitting the right spots for me, doesn’t seem very cohesive.
Maltser85 (332) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with red hue, khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, booze, vious notes. Taste is big coffee, vinous notes, an interesting blend of tanins, vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrels and whatever the retired union barrels bring. Full bodied, 11%, can’t tell.
JBPortland (1024) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz 2014 vintage bottle pours dark briwn black with a finger of light tan head. Nose is pretty nice with some dark charred fudgey roast, some dusty coffee, oaky vanilla cream, and soft fruity wine. Taste is medium bodied, pretty nice blend of flavors, subdued but with decent complexity of bitter chocolate cherry, coffee bean, wine, and vanilla. Finishes with a dash of fruity sweetness and bitter roasty dark cocoa dust. Nicely done.
gam (3454) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown pour medium beige head mild carbonation aromas bourbon caramel dark chocolate nit roast coffee dark fruit liquorice honey touch flavours toffee roasted coffee liquorice caramel dark chocolate bourbon medium bitter dried fruits love the rich malt taste caramel so nice hints of marzipan the finish goodness throughout best tastes fruits lasting bourbon richness of malts bitter taste roasted coffee lovely imperial
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/12/15] Draught at The Sycamore in San Francisco. Black with a tan head. Big coffee beans aroma with some roast and wood. Bitter roasty flavor with some sweetness, lots of coffee and vanilla. Quite full-bodied.
blackflag321 (546) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber, snifter. Bourbon/coffee/chocolate characters were all subtlety displayed. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No booziness. Very nice, really like it.
bearohs (6) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Interesting brew.. deep lingering tones of tobacco and malt. Some front light coffee taste but no aroma. Very high abv but not in your face with it. Pretty good brew for sure.
hman43 (462) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours black with a brown head that produces a lot of lacing. It has coffee and roasted aromas with bourbon and alcohol with smokey notes. It flavor combination of bourbon and coffee is complex and pleasant. It has a smokey taste and a wee bit of chocolate. The bit a bitter tinge on the palate.
gregwilsonstl (1228) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super dark. Super thin head. Very boozy. Woody, some bourbon flavors. Not my favorite stout.
coachd (236) - Missouri, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a roast bomb, nice and complex. I can taste the wine barrel. Just the right amount of coffee, not overwhelming. Beautiful black color with virtually no head. Drinkable at 11%. Good offering from a brewer that’s not known for their imperial stouts.