Ernest (6262) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, cake, coffee, caramel, roasted grain), with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, pipe tobacco, hazelnut extract, berries, sherry.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A surprisingly nice rendition, primarily due to the rich and varied nose...this isn’t just a dumb sugar-alcohol bomb, nor is the bourbon overplayed. All kinds of enticing aromas to draw you in. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as fun to drink, since it’s about as sweet and boozy as you might expect from the 11%. It’s not as fatiguing as a vast amount of its competition, but I still could not drink very much of it. Very good stuff even though I will likely never buy it again.
nuplastikk (4567) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber shared by Ben. Very easy and drinkable. The coffee, bourbon, and massive malts combine quite nicely. World Class. Oaky niceness. Smooth bakers chocolate. Coffee, approaching peaty smoke. Wow.
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-11-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer has tons of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Along with these smells are some wonderful oaky and bourbon aromas mixed with a good dose of caramel and vanilla sweetness. Some other lighter aromas of a more dark fruit nature are thee as well with smells of cherry, raisin and plum all there. Overall the aroma is big roasty and sweet producing a nice warming aroma overall..
Taste – The taste begins with a huge sweet chocolate flavor with tons of caramel and vanilla mixed within along with a decent sum of a roasted malt flavor. While described from the bottle as a coffee stout, I got much more chocolate and sweetness out of this then coffee. From the onset with the big roasted, chocolate and sweet flavors does however come some notes of a coffee flavor as well as a bit of a oaky flavor. Some lighter alcohol flavors, for a brew of 11% abv, come to the tongue at the end of the taste, which are accompanied by some fruit flavor of raisin and fig, end up mixing with the other flavors that had come up throughout the taste profile to leave a nice smooth and sweet, chocolaty roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both were fantastic for the big chocolate, and sweet flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation only accentuating these and making for a nice slow drinker that is surprisingly easy to drink.
Overall – A nice and “easy drinking” Imperial stout at 11 % abv. It has tons of nice smooth flavors that make it a real pleasure to drink.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured jet black with a dark chocolate head. i was aggressive w the pour, so it was thick as well. smell was cocoa, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, licorice. nice mix. feel was riiiiiidiculous. smooth as snot on a glass eye, with no hint of heat for an 11% beer. wow. flavor great as well. lots of coffee and chocolate, but so much more. the barreling (bourbon and wine) was evident, but not overdone. a great rich balanced beer, dangerously easy to drink too. my favorite FW beer after the amazing 13th anniversary. For $15 it may be a while for another, but it was worth the price for this one."
lost a step in recent years, but just a lil one.
gEUS (1171) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by Thomas Marshall at BBF’14. Ppurs opaque deep dark brown with no head. Intense areoma’s od dark chocolate, some wild cherries and covered with lots of vanilla. Thick body with an non-typical* high balance and creamy mouthfrrl (* for a BBA American RIS). Taste of chocolate cake and mocca cream. Love it!
kraddel (3468) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At BBF 2014 .
Pours black, nearly no head .
Smell is bourbon, vanilla , sweet .
Taste is sweet , bourbon , wood , much vanilla , dark malts , bit bitter . Very balanced , and damn good !
lightbias (118) - USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours into a stout almost black, small, khaki head. Dark chocolate, coffee, and dried cherries. Not very boozy, despite the high ABV. Great beer! Will look for it again.
dlovell2 (833) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma, with coffee, vanilla, cocoa and booze. Big roasted malt with coffee, vanilla and dark unsweetened cocoa. Finishing with oak and booziness.
Maxbier (320) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Thin brown head. Slightly boozy roasted chocolate and red wine barrel aroma. Taste is roasty red wine oaky. Finish is slight bitter dark chocolate and wine.
conway (1495) - - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark cola with no head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is heavy on the coffee. Rich thick mouthfeel. Good.
John25 (563) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bourbon coffee chocolate sweet vanilla but light. Very sugary and sweet. Smooth feel.
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