Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated 14 November 2006 shared by badnewsbeers. Inky, deep brown body with reddish highlights, very thin ring of beige carbonation. Deep, rich nose with burnt caramel, prune, molasses, and soy, with hints of alcohol, oak, and leather. Oaky, tannic body, dry, dusty, and soft, with pipe tobacco, licorice, and burnt caramel. Tastes like a cigar, and would go well with a cigar. My only complaint is the rather lifeless body that could have used a bit more carbonation. A classic bookish, candlelight beer.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with minimal brown head. Aroma of lactose, chocolate, toffee, sweet Bourbon and caramelized sugar. Slightly flat body gives rise to an incredible body. Pure chocolate, cream, toffee, tobacco and bourbon
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle, 2006 vintage, brewed 11/14/06, best by 11/14/11, courtesy of madmitch76. thanks so much, ken! pours a thick, viscous, jet black with a sliver of dark brown bubbles around the edges and a razor thin, cocoa powder head that appears with swirling and leaves a sheet of oily, drippy lace. aroma is fantastic with huge roasted malts, peat smoke, charcoal, and woody bourbon with elegant touches of vanilla, licorice, and molasses coming through ahead of the faintest hints of chocolate covered nuts and dark fruits. flavor is stunning as well with huge, fudgy, chocolate, mellow bourbon, and sweet, dark fruits up front backed by smooth vanilla, earthy tobacco, and a hint of soy and finishing with a blast of sweet toffee candy and warming booze. palate is smooth and silky but not quite as rich as expected with slight carbonation. overall, a wonderful barrel aged impy and definitely the best english beer iíve tasted.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to alfrantzell on BA for coming up with this tiny-ass bottle after coming back from a EuroTrip.
Pours black with just a little tan foam, leaving some swirls on the beer. Not much in the way of legs.
Aroma is boozy and boasty with rich chocolate and whiskey.
Flavor is pretty nice and subtle but complex. Roast and caramel, toffee, coffee, milk chocolate, scotch, peat-smoked malt, oak, red wine, and some dark fruit presence.
Very smooth on the palate with medium-full body. Just a tad boozy.
Overall, very drinkable for the style and enjoyable, but not quite as good as the hype suggests.
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2010
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This one was the 2007 vintage and was a bad bottle. poured pitch black, like liquid chocolate out ofthe bottle with only the slightest trace of any brown bubbles trying to form a head. Nose is overpoweringly buttery, with smokey, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and a whiskey character. Mouth is smooth with dark chocolate, plums, roast malt, tobacco, and strong popcorn butter throughout with smokiness on the swallow and wood character on the back end. Shame, this seems like it would have been great. but that overpowering, unpleasant buttery character ruins it. On further inspection, i found that the inside of the cap was rusted out, so was likely a victim of infection... disappointing considering how much this tiny bottle cost.
caesar (6297) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, thx to cgarvieux and Bullit. Dark color. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolat. Rich and full taste with a palate that goes on and on. Simply delicious!
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is something else. The aroma is very interesting. Reminiscent of whisky; oak, spices and alcohol. The taste is chocolate; whisky, leather, roasted malts, herbs and spices. A really fascinating beer.
Iím pretty blown away by how epic this is. Itís probably the closest thing that the UK has to a true Belgian quad. High praise indeed. A mindblowing classic beer. I am loving this. Thanks for the persistant recomendation from The Cad; Mes, Reakt and anyone else Iíve forgotten.
What took me so long??? I donít know....
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at EABF 10.Black with a small head,aroma of treacle toffee,apple and dark malt,taste of toffee,molasses,dark chocolate,dates and wood.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx Bullit! Had it in Scotland. Black colored brew. Roasted aroma, sweetness, oak, chocolate, mocca. Oak, chocolate, mocca in the flavor. Really good smooth beer.
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2010 Bottleof vintage 2007. Wow, what a fantastic beer! Pours a nice opague black color with no light coming through it what so ever, with almost no head, just a small tan lacing. The aroma is very powerful and complex. I get alot of whiskey, also really dark espresso coffee, roasted and charcoaly malts, dark fruits and some alcohol. Flavour is agian full of whiskey with a ton of deeply roasted malts and alot of very dark espresso coffee. i also get charcoal, some over ripe dark fruits especially dates, chocolate, wood, vanilla and molasses. Deffinetley not boozy, but some alcohol is present, but it is very smooth. The body is full with a nice and creamy mouthfeel, that completley coats your mouth. Overall a very complex Imperial Stout, with alot of whiskey in both flavor and aroma. Deffinetley worth seeking/checking out!