The_Osprey (2937) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 10%. Black, small ring of off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, cookies, background paint. Body is medium, slighlty foamy, low carbonation. Taste is soft liquorice malts, tangy raisin and cherry, some coffee, alcohol, a little drying but not really bitter at all. Decent stout.
scarletfire65 (1072) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of plum, dried cherries, chocolate, prune, vanilla, oxidation. Drinks with a medium body and very creamy mouthfeel. Moderately sweet upfront, light oak, heavy vanilla, butterscotch, oxidation, smoke, chocolate. Modestly hopped, which allows for a long,mellow, complex finish with bourbon and vanilla and chocolate flavors developing. Lovely.
drjay44 (2901) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. 2014 Vintage, 11% ABV. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear blackish brown body.....nose is molasses, tobacco, bourbon, dried fruits including plum, raisin, cocoa, chocolate, balance heavily to the malts......taste is moderately sweet with molasses, brown sugar note, dried fruits with plum, raisin, cocoa, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, light hop bitterness, balance to the malts and barrel.....mouth feel, medium body, high alcohol warmth, sticky, creamy carbonation. This is a rich, delightfully complex beer. Body is remarkably light and it might need a smidgen of wheat, oats or flaked barley in the malt bill. It is quite sweet, and could perhaps use a bit more hop contribution to help balance back the heavy hearty malts. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
tillmac62 (382) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage. Pours almost jet black. Good head volume, excellent retention and lacing.
Rich nose of bourbon (which becomes more pronounced as temperature increases) plus sweet and dark chocolate dominate. Underneath is a light roast, subtle caramel sweetness and notes of vanilla and oak.
Light full body with a nice creamy texture that also has a bit of oiliness to it. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice burst of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is quite intense, very complex but poorly balanced. Bourbon dominates throughout, resulting in the complex flavors being reduced to subservient roles. It begins with a rush of bourbon that slowly allows a sweet caramel and chocolate to emerge. Towards the middle, a mild roast bitterness comes forward against a slight bite of tannic oak. The middle produces a very nice vanilla note. The finish is dominated by alcohol, with notes of bourbon flavor, and the associated burn at the back of the throat. As these subside, a sweet note of vanilla and oak linger with caramel characteristics. Considering this is 11% ABV, theyíve done a fair job of covering it. The main drawback is that the amazing complexity is never allowed to truly emerge.
ametras (691) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Flavors are dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, marshmallows, coconut, roasted malts and a slight touch of bourbon with nutty and oaky notes. Subtle but cohesive barrel characteristics. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.
jeffbigD (107) - - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with medium head. Nice blend of malts and hops. A nice milky chocolate undertone.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler. A black body with a fast fading brown head. Aroma was a mix of roasted malts, oak and alcohol with hints of vanilla and leather. Flavor had nice roasted flavors and there was a hint of chocolate. A strong bourbon presence in the finish. Light on the palate.
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bunget (620) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Dark brown body, medium chocolate head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of licorice, dark berries, alcohol, roasted malt, a touch of leather. Taste is very malty: lots of caramel malt, dark chocolate, herbs liquor, alcohol. Too boozy.
ClassicSquirts (1) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
4/24/14-Very malty, roasted flavor, high ABV burn, black color, bourbon barrel stout.
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skmikeg (1237) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a one finger khaki head with nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, bourbon, anise, coffee, dark chocolate, and maybe just a little booze. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with a lot of nice bourbon and roasted malt notes. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel a semi bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a tasty, complex imperial stout.