Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge, huge thanks to yourefragile for bringing this over. Iíll start by saying that this beer is ridiculously good. In yourefragileís words, "S**t just got real." Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pour yields a brew that is nearly black with a thin mocha head. Short head fades into a thin cap that disperses into a collar which holds throughout. Thick collar throughout. The nose. Oh, the nose. Iíll start by saying that the the nose is about the worst part of this beer. I wonít count the appearance for that part. Iíll then say that the nose is absolutely fantastic. It simply gets better as it warms. The nose is full of coconut along with a good dosing of whiskey and some roast. Lots and lots of chocolate. Wow, this is really good. At this point, there are only two or three stouts that can rival this. Some oak. Some vanilla. Whatever you want in life, itís there. Basically, look at Arbitratorís review of Black Xantus, and flip everything around.
Flavor. So I just told everyone that this destroys Hunahpuís. Hunhapuís was previously one of my favorite beers. This beer is simply unreal. Loads and loads of coconut go with the whiskey and oak. Good amount of roast in the background and the entire thing is covered in chocolate. What else can I say? Itís fantastic. Black Tuesday? Meh. Very few beers are in this realm. Everything melds beautifully. Really out of this world. Why canít I have a growler of this to myself? Or a keg. Or it could be the only non-IPA, non-sour that I ever drink again. I canít get enough this blend.
Mouthfeel. This was the first thing that really popped out. In terms of that, this is the first portion that immediately got a 5 from me. So smooth any creamy. Lots of whiskey, but thereís no booze at all. Itís just smooth and creamy. Perhaps a hint of alcohol in the finish, but that just perpetuates the feel. Coconut is there again. How did they get all this toasted coconut in there? Vanilla as well. Dessert is there. Wow. To be frank, Iíve had nearly 3000 different beers, and this is perhaps the best beer that I have ever had. That is all.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 06-04-2011
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
LCBS 2010, on draft!! Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Rich and sweet aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, light coffee. Flavor is sweet, rich in bourbon and chocolate, vanilla, coconut. Damn good. Reminds me a ton of this years Older Visc.
KingCecil (2043) - DENMARK - MAY 24, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ Mikkeller Stefansgade... It pours pitch black with a small creamy light brown head... Very nice looks!! The aroma is dark fruits, bourbon and some coffee ... The flavor is very nice , complex! Bourbon, dark fruits, rasins, mollases ... Very nice!! Love it!
jredmond (5300) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 Draft at the cash bar during the berliner bash on the bay at pegs. Pours a pitch black body with thin white lacing, no head. Aroma is pure melted chocolate fudge. Mouthfeel is syrupy and creamy with notes of melted fudge brownie. Insane. Such a perfectly executed stout.
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike!
The beer is brown with a nice looking head and spotty lacing. The aroma is quite complex, bringing coconut, whiskey, vanilla, oak, toffee, roast. Amazing flavor. Just incredibly smooth, wonderfully complex, and no heat whatsoever. Terrific balance. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had. World class.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 06-05-2011
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 On tap at the LCBS 10. Black pour with a big brown head. Sweet bourbon and roasted malt aromas. The taste was sweet and smooth. Loaded with bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Dak was spot on at the tasting and on his rating. This stout does taste a lot like Older Viscosity.....
Revisited this beer after about a year in the bottle (thank you Maltzilla) last night. Adjusted my rating from 4.3 to 4.6. The bourbon has subsided some and delicious chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes exploded in my mouth. What a great freakiní stout...
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Draft at Pegís for the 100th Batch Celebration. Pours black with a small yellowish head. Aroma is bourbon, peat, ash, and chocolate roast. Very full/different flavor...This has the typical burnt chocolate roast flavors of ash, dark chocolate, bourbon, and tobacco that youll find in many barrel aged impy stouts...but there is a pretty large influence of conconut and peat flavor in this, making this a refreshing break from the norm. As great as the flavor is, the Palate is probably what sets this beer off, absolutely one of the silkiest, creamiest beers I have ever had with a perfect warming alcohol bite, warmth to it. So full bodied and smooth, you really couldnt hope for a better mouthfeel. Overall this is absolutely one of the best imperial stouts and an example of what a barrel aged beer should be, not overly boozy to the point where the bourbon influence inhibits the presence of the original ingredients as well as the desired palate. The only downside to drinking this beer, was that it was 90 something degrees out on a July day in the good ole Sunshine State...if it was December, I would savor every last drop of this beer.
callmemickey (2689) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 This is the real deal and plenty deserving of the hype.
A: Pitch black body with a medium sized khaki cap (about 3/4 of an inch). Spotty, soapy lacing.
S: Whiskey, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, dark lightly roasted malts, a bit caramel and slightest bit of generic boozeyness.
T: Much like the nose with strong, assertive notes that were well integrated yet distinct and discernable. The coconut almost gives this a "tropical" imperial stout feel.
M: Smooth, medium-full bodied. Perfectly carbonated allowing this beer to coat the tongue but move allowing each flavor to impact the senses.
O: Just about perfect. on tap and not out of the growler might have helped the nose enough to push this thing over the top.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Pegís, BA release, 3/9/12. Pours a dark black. Aroma of vanilla, roasted chocolate. When it is cold it has a very smooth and rounded taste. There isnít much to it until it warms, but once it warms... a near perfect balance of chocolate, vanilla and hint of oak. The bourbon barrel aging is prevelant, but not enough to overpower the underlying beer. Delicious.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Pegís during Berliner Bash. SO excited to finally try this one. It brings me hope that maybe one day I will be able to try RareR Dos or Funky Dos. Maybe I am a fool for hoping, but so it goes. Pours a dark stout brown/ near black with a tan head. Nose is goodness- roasted malts, whiskey, tiny hints of booze, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and some smores. Flavor is similar- fudge all over, vanilla, whiskey, wood, love, and hints of mallow. Gets better as it warms- the wood character backs off a bit. Really nice- one of the better BA stouts, more balanced- not nearly as boozy as some others in this style.