stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Triangle wine in Southern Pines, NC, at the low-low price of $17. Jet-black pour with a ruby ring, minimal carbonation. The oak and bourbon is overpowering in the aroma, leaving little for anything else. A hint of chocolate, tons of alcohol, bourbon infused with an oaky aftertaste. Some dryness in the finish. It’s quite good as long as you’re in a seriously high gravity mood. One of the strongest beers I’ve ever had. I think the 10% is more of an approximation, +/- another 10%.
Savage_Night (357) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Pours black with a small bubblie brown head that fades at a modest speed and leaves behind a medium ring and thin oily cap. AROMA: rich malt, sweet, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla, woody, toffee, light spices, rich mellow bourbon notes, phenols, caramel, milk chocolate, light cinnamon, rubber, faint dry tobacco, very faint red berries, char, smoky, slight hers, lightly hopped, dark dried stone fruit, molasses, earthy, maple syrup and roasty. TASTE: rich malt, sweet, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla, woody, toffee, light spices, rich mellow bourbon notes, phenolic, caramel, milk chocolate, light cinnamon, rubber, herbs, mead, very faint red berries, char, smoky, slight hers, lightly hopped, dark dried stone fruit, molasses, earthy, maple syrup and mellow bitterness. AFTER TASTE: dark rich malt, vanilla, mead, blond coffee, lightly bitter hops, mellow bourbon notes and smoky with a medium thick sweet roasty lightly spiced finish.
kaser (5181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from 22oz bottle at home. Spicy and cocoa coffee flavor. Sweet and syrupy. Pretty good. A one glasser
Christpuncher (2584) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of tequila which is a turn off. Maybe some oaky smells. Flavor is strong whiskey with a chocolatey finish. Hard to finish this glass
chinchill (3876) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 2014 bottle.
Nicely sweet with excellent, moderate BB aging affects.
Great balance. Moderate complexity. Exceptionally smooth. Well hidden alcohol.
PotjeBier (2470) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (date Dec. 2014) from de Bierkoning @ Beer Temple, shared with Abijn & MarcodL. Black color. Brown head. Aroma’s: sweet, bourbon, vanilla, light honey. Retronasal it’s moderate sweet, wood, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon. Flavor is moderate sweet with a light fruity sourness. Alcohol definitely feels stronger than 8.5%. Medium bodied. Long finish, but no new flavors.
Cybercat (4736) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours coffee brown with a thin but serviceable dark tan head. Aroma features dizzying roast malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses and caramel notes. Flavor drags you in with molasses, licorice, roast malt, coffee, woody and semi-sweet chocolate tones. Whoa, no surprise this is high gravity - ha ha ha! You’ll think you’re on the USS Cygnus! (Esoteric movie reference.) Thick, viscous mouthfeel has some good fizz. Go beyond the event horizon!
MarcoDL (3690) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of Potjebier, thanks! Black pour, almost no head. Delicious aroma of rich vanilla, mild honey, bourbon booze and creamy choco. Smooth flavor of vanilla, bourbon, subtle honey sweetness, cream, caramelised malt and a mildly stingy bourbon finish. This is the good stuff.
Abijen (2379) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Zwart bier met een mooie bruine kraag. Ruikt vanille, bourbon, overrijp fruit. Smaakt vanille, bourbon, rood fruit, klein beetje alcohol.
charule (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to OldStyleCubsFan. Poured thick black with tan head. Aroma sweet nice vanilla roast bourbon. Light car thick bod. Taste light bitter toast coffee and malt, sweet barrel notes
Angelmonster (175) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This review is of 2013 vintage
Pours opaque black body, head is cappuccino colored and 1/5 of an inch. Head retention was average for barrel aged stout and lacing was above average.
Smell is big on oak, whisky, fudge, caramel, and slight soy sauce. Charred malt balances out intense sweetness. Hops arent there but alcohol is definitely present.
Taste is robust, extremely flavorful, with lots of alcohol but not harsh. This beer drinks more like 11 or 12% rather than 8.5. I would totally believe brewers if they said there was a heathy dose of chocolate in this beer, also getting coffee, but alas neither are used to produce The event horizon. Theres a slight bitterness as beer warms; vanilla, honey, oak, and bourbon reveal themselves as temperature rises.
Mouthfeel is huge with this stout. Viscous, well carbonated, on the brink of chewy. Beer leaves a slightly oily coating on the tongue. If only the head retention was there, this would have been a perfect 5.
Overall this beer is as great as it was when I first had it at Gabf in 2011. Intense malt, alcohol, char, and everything else you’d want in an imperial stout. The event horizon always has an open invitation in my fridge.