Clownoisseur (364) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage, 275 ml bottle courtesy of DocJitsu (Thanks Dennis!) . Pours black with a thin tan head. Oily with decent legs. Dark brown hues. Aromas of big bourbon and oak. Dark Fruits, char and barley. Taste is a bit more subdued than the nose suggests. Sweet molasses, dark fruits, bourbon, dry oak, char.....almost more in barley wine territory. Slightly hot finish, moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium-heavy bodied. Really good stuff.
Mr_Pink_152 (1993) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle at home. 2012 vintage. Thick black colour with deep tan head. Aroma has toasted malt and chocolate. The taste has chocolate too but with drak fruits.
ABT_S54 (274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 275cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours a pitch black oily beer with a dark beige head which last a few minutes. Aroma is powerful malty dried (dark fruits). Much more rounded that the standard version but with no oaky hints to hint at being barrel aged. Hugely skilful arrangement of flavours and predominant sweetness which complements the massive mouthfeel perfectly. Hugely impressive and one of the best imperial stouts I have tried - in fact probably the best non-bourbon barrel aged one I have tried. Close to perfection.
Barrelbelly (710) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with small head. Slightly smoked, sweet with roasted bitter aftertaste. Chocolate thick mouthfeel.
Abio (1783) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like pitch black in the glass. Small head. A small lace that stays. Good roasted and smoked malts, the smoke is not to present, what makes a big plus for me. Good bittersweet.
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a brown lively head that dies down to a foamy layer. Aroma is coffee, dates, figs and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, dates, roast malts and light coffee, caramelised sugar with a slight tartness. The mix of tart and sweet makes this very more-ish. Delicous.
MisoW (2321) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beersiveknown (European swap 7.0), thank you Steve. Pours dark brown color, dark beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, plums, roasted malt, alcohol, sweet. Taste is sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, plums, bit overcarbonated, raisins, dark fruit. What a beer, sorry Cuso, I "had to" share IT with my sister. Great sweet coffee finish. Very enjoyable beer.
Sarlacc83 (1411) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh, well hello bottle of 2011. (Thanks Colin!)
A: Dark black color with a cappuccino head.
N: Coffee, molasses, cocoa, char, campfires, milk chocolate, some bandaid/phenol. Licorice as well.
T: Smokey, sweet, and not much bitterness otherwise.
M: Oily, heavy body. Carbed just enough to stop from killing the palate.
O: Huge IRS with substantial smokiness - which I very much appreciate. A bottle of 2008 Abyss was opened in connection, and the two are very similar in profile and texture. So good; I would like some more, please.
s_hartshorne (2364) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to rich the villan. Black good tan head. Aroma is liquorice molasses roasted malts taste same some coffee fruitcake nice long bitter finish. Nice oily mouthfeel. Very good this
RasmusOtt (1595) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1200. Thanks to Theydon_Bois for trading me this. Looking forward to try this beer. Pours black with almost no head. The aroma has lots of roasted malts, some vanilla, toffee, lots of dry oak, liquorice, deep sweet figs and dates and I wanna say sweet bourbon but it is probably the oak and the sweetness which is messing with me. Taste is quite roasted, yet sweet with notes of dry wood, deep oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla, leather and overall slick as well. Really a good beer that is unique in many ways!