jtclockwork (8965) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black. Coffee brown head. Nose of roast cocoa, chocolate malt, burnt coffee and vanilla. Boozy. Taste is very boozy - a bit of a mess, cocoa powder, dried coffee grounds, vanilla and lots of booze.
nimbleprop (5226) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a frothy, tan head. Smells like raisins, oak, vanilla, chocolate. The mouthfeel is crushed by the super heavy carbonation and it every takes away from the flavor a bit. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, wood, malty, toasted bread. Medium bodied, oaky finish. Infected? Maybe. Either way, needs a ton of time for that carbonation to fade.
BuckeyeBoy (2878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle. Sad to say this didn’t live up to my hope. After having the original Stout Trooper I had very high hopes. So high I traded off my last 09 Matt for it moving along. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Aroma was of vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee, cocoa, and roast malts. Taste was much as the aroma with all of the barrel notes, along with some spice, and plenty sweet. Maybe if I had another bottle with some age it would have been better don’t know.
Emily_Rose (20) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle courtesy of Wavers1. <3
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Pours deep, tar black and tastes like tar aged in bourbon barrels.
Nooooooo thank you.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured black with a tan head. aroma was dark roast, cherry, cinnamon, and fudge. flavor was pretty much the same. light body with fizzy carbonation.
vtafro (3835) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks vferg, i think. Black pour with subtle tan head. Aroma full of cocoa, chocolate malt, oak and toffee. Oak and sweet malt flavors are smoother than non barrel aged, nice texture as well.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a generous light brown head. Smells of rich chocolate, peppery, vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee. Tastes of roasted malt, peppery, some bourbon, vanilla, raisins, boozy on the finish. Nice, but I like the regular Stout Trooper much better.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml gold wax dipped bottle, courtesy Beerlando to celebrate the UCF conference championship. This one pours a dense, nearly pitch black body and topped by a huge, thick head of tan colored foam that shows good retention. The head slowly fades and leave thick, drippy lines of lace around the glass. The aroma is nice showing sweet and dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, vanilla laden oak, and burnt sugar round out the dessert like nose. There isn’t much roast to balance out the sugar and sweetness. The flavors follow suit and show more of the milk chocolate and dark cocoa, vanilla from the oak, burnt sugar, and a touch of roast. The bourbon is secondary and smooths things out from getting overly sweet. Nearly full bodied, smooth and creamy, the palate shows a milkshake like consistency that is viscous and mouth coating. Moderate carbonation leads to a lengthy dry cocoa finish and void of any sticky sugars, which is a great quality. Really nice brew and better than I expected, but not one of the elite bourbon aged imperial stouts.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold wax dipped bottle. Pours a dense, virtually black color with a thick head of light brown foam. The head settles slowly to a lasting blanket, leaving behind dense, drippy splotches that run down the glass, traces of their outline drying hard. The nose is really well structured, though quite sweet, leaning heavily towards crème brûlée, complete with the scorched sugar glaze, along with malted chocolate, and smooth, unobtrusive, vanilla-forward bourbon. There’s not much in terms of balancing roast, as this one is more about caramelized sugars. Flavors largely follow suit, again suggesting of milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla pudding, and burnt sugars. There is a soft touch of roasted grain, which does a decent job of keeping things from going overly saccharine. The palate is a high point, displaying a smooth, creamy, whipped consistency with a nice weight and viscosity to it. Despite the generally sweet character, there’s very little in the way of sticky sugars on the finish, a trait few imperial stouts can claim these days. Very good brew. Exceeded expectations for sure.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to taster. At Levi’s. From notes. (Thanks Dalzale) This one didn’t really do it for me. I could see a great beer peeking through, but the carbonation simply was too much. Pours with a HUGE somewhat chunky head, with medium lacing. Aroma is some bourbon, lots of booze propelled by the bubbles that just keeps coming. Taste is more of the same, with some coffee and chocolate mixed in. Mouthfeel...arg! I couldn’t get a full sip, as my mouth filled with bubbles at the first drop on my tongue.