BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, 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 (2224) - 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 doesn’t set itself apart.
tectactoe (2929) - 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 wasn’t 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 (5047) - 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 (5651) - 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 (5370) - 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. It’s 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 (732) - 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 (5758) - 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!
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blackest of black pour with a dark tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate, subtle coffee and lots of roasted malts. I could just sit here and smell this beer for an hour that’s how good it smells, wow! Taste doesn’t disappoint either. Plenty of bourbon barrel and cocoa with a wonderful roasty character. Absolutely delicious. Long smooth finish. Bottle from Ghetto1971 thanks a million man!
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the best bourbon stout brewed near where I live and I anticipate the release every year. Dark, luciuous, thick and heavy on the bourbon.