ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, black waxed bottle, 2012 edition courtesy of mikem409. thanks, mike! pours a dusky, deep, cocoa brown that sits black in the glass and is capped by a thin, mocha head. aroma is great with notes of rich oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder backed by toasted barrel, toffee, coconut cake, and hints of espresso. flavor is delicious as well with dark, bitter, roast coffee, milk chocolate, malt balls, and brown sugar oatmeal backed by very subtle note of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and earth. palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry, roasted finish. sadly, there is an off metallic note on the very back end that detracts from the experience a bit. overall, a damn nice barrel aged stout that could be great without the metallic notes.
Fritz123 (1195) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Brian at home. Snifters. Pours a deep brown, nearly black with a small oily head. Aroma is dark chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter (slight), dark currants, some coffee. Taste is fairly the same with dark chocolate, coffee, slight peanut, and burnt caramel. Little lighter body than I was expecting. Well carbed. Finish is coffee bitterness and caramel. Solid.
BMMillsy (1597) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Pours pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of earthy coffee and sweet chocolate, some roasty, light vanilla an a hint of bourbon. Flavor is big chocolate and coffee, super smooth like a creamy milkshake. Smooth and creamy body, rich, with only a twinge of bourbon heat going down. Very impressed with this one. Mmmm.
superspak (3003) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, fudge, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, and oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, caramel, fudge, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, brown sugar, and oaky earthiness. Light amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, bourbon, and brown sugar on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle brought back by a friend. Black pour with a medium light brown head. Nose consists of malt, coffee, slight bourbon and roast. Malty flavor with a nice vanilla character before coffee and bourbon take over. Chocolate and roasted malt finish. Tasty.
johnnnniee (2559) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 vintage from BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid inky black with a minimal tan head. Huge milk and light dark chocolate bourbon and vanilla notes with a touch of roasted coffee. I swear I get some mint in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich thick and sweet fudge-y chocolate that slowly turns to a mocha then some wooden vanilla and a bit of alcohol flavor and burn Rich thick and sweet, I love this brew!
AWISLguy (1518) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mikem409, thanks Mike - cellared a month or so. Pours very dark brown with a brown head leaving nice spotty lacing. Aroma has luscious roasted coffee, chocolate syrup, dark chocolate and vanilla. Wow! That choco-coffee is tremendous! Taste is of sweet milk chocolate, nutty roast, some bakers chocolate and sweet vanilla with hints of lactose. Quite sweet, occasionally pushing cloying, but very tasty. Medium bodied and smooth, with a bit of alcohol. Finishes without a lot of length, and more sweet than bitter on the bitter-sweet scale, with some bourbon. Very enjoyable; somewhat thin for an "imperial" stout. Tough to beat taste and nose! 15.4
BoroZillacate (5) - - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
We argued about it, consensus is; this is a proper choice if you dig the whole bourbon barrel thing.
alliance100 (876) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours an oily black with very thin dark brown head. Aromas of dark roast espresso and cocoa . Taste is of chocolate syrup and espresso , very sweet . Good but not my fav.
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Beerman6686 (4855) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a very dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was of Bourbon, chocolate and.coffee. Flavor was big chocolate and marshmellow soft vanilla oak and coder finish. Really tasty stuff.
Marheb (2641) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Un lait frappé qui cogne fort d’excellence. Chocolat au lait vanillé d’une onctuosité laitière qui voit une empreinte torréfiée timide se présenter pour apaiser les sucres. Extrêmement facile à boire pour sa taille.