Benzai (12756) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2015 Sampled from bottle during Borefts Beer Festival 2015. Black color, average sized brown head. Smell and taste malts, chocolate, vanilla, light roast, mocha. Full body, thick, soft carbonation. [Note: deserves a re-rate, will enter one at some point as I have a bottle in my cellar] -- Re-rate October 6th 2015, shared my bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Opaque pitch black color, full sized thick dense brown head that lasts for a very long time and leaves fair to good lacing. Aroma is malts, dark and roasted malts, some chocolate, mocha, lightly a hint of alcohol. Taste malts, roasted malts, chocolate, lightly nutty, mocha, dark fruits, bitter. Thick texture, full body, soft carbonation. Lovely!
Beerhunter111 (15432) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Schwarze Farbe, geringe braune Schaumkrone. Geruch süß schokoladig, Vanille, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack süß malzig, Schokolade, Kaffee, Vanille, bourbon, alkoholisch, klasse.
Koelschtrinker (16417) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Würziger, einen Ticken zu süßer Malzantrunk. Schokoladig, minimal alkoholisch, vollmundig, schokoladig fruchtig. Gelungen! 12/12/13/12//12
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...Pour is dark black with a tan head..Nose is roast, some smoke, char, bourbon..Taste is roast, spice, bourbon, tobacco, oak..
brokensail (15570) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Thanks again, Jake. Black in color with minimal tan foam. Mostly a bunch of dark chooclate, roast, and vanilla. Some alcohol, a hint of fudge, and a touch of ash. Nice dark fruits, at least. Lots of burnt sugar and molasses notes as well. Pretty sweet, but does have a nice bit of roast character to it still. Much better than the Nooner 6 we had just prior to this.
rbradley82 (6) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - solid but nothing overwhelming; hints of whiskey, oak and chocolate roasted malts
Appearance - beautiful; pours a beautiful black with subtle transparency while looking black as night in the snifter
Taste - amazing example of the style; beautiful base stout with chocolate, burnt caramel and roasted malts blended into wonderful, but not overwhelming sweet whiskey vanilla notes and drying tannin finish
Palate - full bodied without being chewy; perfect carbonation for the style
Overall - just a wonderful representation of a barrel-aged imperial stout; nothing seemingly overwhelms or standouts on this one but all aspects are well above average to great
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to 50Belair! Glad to have a chance to try the "uninfected version." Dumped my old rating completely and starting over here. Pours opaque black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is nice, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate, molasses, coffee and raisins. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bourbon and rich chocolate vanilla roastiness. Medium body, soft mouthfeel. Yum.
PhillyCraft (5474) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Pours black color with average sized top. Notes of date, plum, Prune choclate and espresso. A nice balance of sweet and roast in this one. Some rich bourbon in the finish.
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark but not impenetrable, little foam. Cherry, prune, definitely on the rich side of the spectrum. Flavor follows but adds cherry bourbon and roast, tobacco. Great beer.
wsnich (27) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bottle into a very large german stein
I’ve had a few iterations of Rare Dos at this point, with this one being far and away the best of the bunch. Doug has really perfected his barrel aged stouts over the years