harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: rubber sticker atop a black cap. Pours to the globe a dark brown opaque ale with a single finger of graham head. This falls in a minute or two to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Appears medium bodied with slight legs. (4.0)
S: Plenty of cocoa and milk chocolate tones are braided with some anise, dark fruits and hints of spicy yeast and some coffee. Nutmeg and allspice alongside cinnamon muddled in butter. Yum! (4.5)
T: whoa, much sweeter than I had anticipated. The coffee is still here, but the fruits take hold midway through. This is interesting. Some hints of teriyaki. Raspberry? I think Iike it, but feel like it should be served in a port glass as a compliment to a gluten free, dark chocolate cake. As it warms, some leather and tobacco tones. Man, this is rich. (4.5)
M: Medium to viscous. Low to medium carbonation. Finish is mouth-watering and I immediately want another sip, not drink, sip. A little heat from alcohol - guessing ABV is up there (dub digits). (4)
O: I really am enjoying this beer. I wish it was a 6oz pour, I had an hour and a half to drink it, a nice glass of scotch on the rocks and an oily maduro cigar coincide the resonance of this one. I feel like this beer is a gamble for many, but a home run for me. (4.5)
Serving type: bottle
Tide (2569) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with chili, coffee, vanilla, syrup, chocolate and dark fruits. Bittersweet finish with chili, syrup and chocolate. Very curious imperial stout, too sweet though.
ThirstyBird (2391) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Belgbeergeek for sharing bottle @ RBBSG II. Pours a cloudy super dark brown with a wisp of a light brown head. Smell is roasted dark malt, sweet dark fruit and some alcohol heat. The taste is roast, super malty and sweet, figs. Thick with mild carbonation and smooth. A big sweet tasty stout.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle 3 years old (third edition) into a snifter almost zero head here.
Aroma is booze & brown sugar sweetness-hands are starting to shake to try this baby.
Oh golly this is the sweetest stuff EVER & so good. The booze chocolate sweetness is a great balance.
This 15.5% brew is an exceptional beverage. Had high expectations & it delivered. The coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, boozy figgy love is all there.
ben4321 (5258) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 8.5 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/22/13
Aroma: The aroma is sweet and fruity, lots of bourbon, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a little smoke
Appearance: It pours a thick, dark brown-black color without any head or lace to speak of
Flavor: The taste is very sweet and bourbony, there’s a hint of smoke too, but mostly it is sweet
Palate: The body is medium-full, with a flat carbonation, and a fairly thick texture
I thought that this was a very solid beer, but the extreme sweetness and alcohol presence certainly don’t make it that drinkable. This bottle seems like about the right size for this one.
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home…Vintage ´08 It pours pitch black with a very small brown head…The aroma is liquor, smoke, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits…..The flavor is very sweet!, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, espresso and roasted malt…..Alcohol is well hidden…..nice but to sweet!
jredmond (6939) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Ken and Vi. Pours a pitch black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet, rich chocolate, bourbon and sharpie marker. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, syrup and alcohol.
queenholly (3604) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Big alcohol and chocolate aroma - so much alcohol it just smelled medicinal. Deep mahogany with a minimal head. Syrupy sweet chocolate, fruity coffee flavor. Medium full stick body, flat carbonation.
shrubber85 (9630) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt, raisin, and medicinal alcohol aroma. Black with minimal head. Very sweet (cloying) chocolate syrup and bitter herbal flavor. Cloyingly sweet and minimal complexity. Didn’t age too well.
Beerman6686 (5831) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a dark brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, smoke, and cherry. Flavor was way sweeter than the first too, sweet chocolate, roast, mild booze. Still solid for the abv.