kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought a bomber of this while down in Chapel Hill for work. Heard it was good and sort of sought after around here. Poured jet black with a 1.5 inch dark brown head. Lots of boozy smell. Very sweet smelling. Reminds me of the smell of melting chocolate. Some mild fruit aromas as well. Very tasty. Lots of boozy bourbon flavor. More than most barrel aged beers. Lots of roasty sweet chocolate flavors. Slightly raisin and floral tasts. Pretty good. Very heavy though. Iím sitting in my hotel room by myself. Wish I had someone to share this with. Might be hard to get through.
Advocate_Ames (568) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with a sticky mocha foam head. The aroma is of sweet bourbon booze, vanilla, oak, honey, chocolate, and had a rich malt presence. In the flavor I picked up on booze, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and a complex sugary sweet roasted malt taste. The finish had a weak lingering licorice, semi sweet, and lightly bitter quality. Overall this was a fine beverage and worth enjoying.
BeerandBlues2 (11837) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy and thick dark brown head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, prunes, figs, bourbon, oak, light vinous notes, roast and chocolate malt, earthy hops, and honey. Flavor is sweet dark malt dominant, dark candied fruits, lightly tart, oak, vanilla, and bourbon, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body, medium carbonation, light alcohol warmth and somewhat prickly.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the January 2014 tasting in Santa Cruz. Black with a brown head. Whiskey aroma with accents of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is basically the same. Good but it doesnít set itself apart.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Black, black body with just about no head on top, only a small, silky, light-tan ring that outlines the very edge. Aroma has notes of smooth bourbon, crazy amounts of vanillin & wood, sweet milk chocolates, roast, & a touch of maple syrup. I wasnít getting much honey at first, but with some warmth (& perhaps the helpful power of suggestion), I can pull some lightly sweet honey notes from the back-end. Taste is complete with lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate, light & smooth bourbon soaked oak, vanilla, toasty brown sugar, a touch of licorice, aggressively roasted malt, burnt toffee, molasses, & a honeycomb-like, semi-sweet mouth coating in the aftertaste. A very, very tasty imperial stout... Feels more "robust" than 8.5% ABV, but never gets too bourbon forward or hot at any time. Pleasure to drink this one.
Beerman6686 (6113) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a dark dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was clean mellow bourbon, rich fudge, and roast malt. Flavor was roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, and chewing tobacco and bourbon.
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
14/III/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2014-286) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Black beer, no head. Aroma: lots of vanilla, dark caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some alcohol. MF: soft to no carbon, full body, smooth texture. Taste: mocha, lots of dark chocolate, some coffee, caramel, bit sugary, little bitter, little sour. Aftertaste: coffee, mocha, sugary sweetness, some vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, soft bitterness, little sourish.
Pailhead (6351) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of milk chocolate, maple syrup, coffee, faint molasses, and a touch of bourbon. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. The flavor starts with milk chocolate, molasses, and a touch of dark fruits. The finish has moderate maple syrup, light coffee, and vanilla/coconut. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall, I love barrel aged Imperial Stouts that have make syrup flavors so this is right up my alley.
davey101 (750) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage. Thanks Chris! 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. Pours a thick black with three fingers of dark mocha foam. Loads of lacing. Nose is huge sweetness. Chocolate fudge, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, and light roast. Taste is the same. Incredibly sweet chocolate fudge with honey and vanilla/oak in the background. So well integrated and balanced. On the sweeter end of stouts but the bourbon influence really keeps it in check. Smooth and thick mouth feel with a perfect abv. This is a phenomenal stout. Very sweet and sticky but the low abv makes it super easy going. Fantastic!
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 65cl, Vintage 2013, new exclusive American brew, with honey, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, good brew, yet very expensive!