JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black beer. Dry from the oak with some vanilla. High alcohol is noticeabl. Heavy roast. A hint of sourness. Some red wine. A little oxidation but it works in this beer.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home via my rotbox. Pours a black appearance with a hefty, deep brown head. The aroma has a ton of oak, tannins / leather, coconut / vanilla, roast, and woody herbal notes. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Moderate high sweetness and moderate bitterness. Quite a bit of booze though it doesn’t burn on the finish. Flavor has coffee, lots of chocolate, heavy oak, tons of vanilla, and a little leather. The oak is incredibly strong - too strong in my mind - but the beer isn’t all that bad. Definitely not worth $20-30 like all of the Woodcut releases.
rosskyle (535) - - SEP 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at Marco's coal-fired pizza. Dark black with a tan head. Sweet cherry coffee aroma. Heavy body. Oak dark chocolate alcohol flavor.
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FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle No. 02503-13; Sampled July 2014
A steady, not quite vigorous, pour into my teku glass produces a tightly beaded, dense, brown tinged, dirty tan colored head. The beer is simply black in color and quite opaque. Up front the nose is a complex mix of toasted oak, vanillin, roasted coffee, and dark malt aromatics. The aroma is actually quite complex and interesting; toasted sweet-coconut, smoothly roasted coffee, hints of burnt brandy, richly toasted / roasted whole-grain brown bread, lots of buttery oak character, rich toasted cocoa notes, toasted tobacco.
Slightly sweet up front, but the oak seems to accentuate some of the sweetness towards the finish where it brings out a dark chocolate like note. The finish has woody oak flavors to it as well as a bit of oak-derives spiciness. Flavors of vanillin and buttery oak meld in the middle of this beer and help to play up the dark chocolate notes, which in turn melds well with a dark, smooth coffee like note. Roasted notes dominate the finish at times, but manage to stay quite smooth and not overly astringent or bitter; lots of toasted / roasted whole grain character, as well as a smooth, smoky, complex, dark malt character that is accentuated by the oak flavors. The body of this beer is nice and rich, not at all cloying, with a body and viscosity that is quite appropriate for an Imperial Stout; though it might not be as heavy as one expects from a brew of this strength, which is certainly a good thing.
This is a nice Imperial Stout; it stands up well to the oak treatment and allows the oak notes to meld in with the rest of the flavors such that it adds to the complexity rather than dominates the profile of this beer.
Mora2000 (6157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, roasted malt and oak. The flavor is very similar with a good bit of alcohol melding well with the chocolate and oak. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
tom10101 (5388) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750 ml). From Marcus, thanks! Bottled in 2013.
Appearance: Pitch black with medium easy to revive beige head and some lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, vegetal notes, quite a bit of oak, boozy notes... it feels a bit old.
Taste: Medium sweetness. Brighter (or at least less old) than the aroma, coffee roastiness, mild acidic presence, chocolate, vegetal notes, alcohol and light coffee bitterness.
Palate: Full body. Medium carbonation. Roasty finish. Vegetal aftertaste.
Overall: Not bad at all, but it’s either a bit too old or it was too vegetal to start. Taste is well balanced though. It’s a bit boozy, but normal considering the abv. Average RIS.
SlovakSniper (5186) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
C’est un nez bizarre que je découvre. Le liquide est tout à fait noir. La tête brune n’est pas très épaisse et sa rétention discutable. Les parfums de chocolat sont touchés par un je ne sais quoi de rance (ou de boisé?) qui ne me plaît pas particulièrement. L’alcool se fait aussi bien sentir. Au goût, le chocolat et l’alcool qui me semble être blanc laissent parler quelques fruits noirs et des graines de café. En bouche, le corps m’apparaît être de moyenne densité. Le pétillement est assez mou. La texture est huileuse. En finale, le chocolat amer et le café offrent quelque chose qui me semble être terreux.
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Opaque black pour with thin creamy tan foam. Aroma is really caramel forward, tons of chocolate, lots of wood as well, light vegetal notes, cocoa. Taste is bitter, powdery cocoa, licorice, lots of wood, boozy. Palate is full bodied with med carbonation, very boozy . Decent.
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big beer that just didn’t quite work for me. I can see where it’s going, but I picked up some odd flavors and then as a result mouthfeel was a bit off. Probably for someone else this is a huge winner. Not for me.
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a clear dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, nuts, herbal hops, tobacco, leather. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, wood, nuts, caramel, booze. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness and heat. Nice beer.