SHIG (3586) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to hopscotch: Poured a dark thick brown with thin light brown head. Aroma was thick rum, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste was super rich with chocolate, loads of wood and rum gave this beer plenty of burn, roasted rich malts added to the backbone.
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barrel aged beers day 2014 at Peg’s Cantina. Black. Aroma is lovely - vanilla and spirit balance. Taste not as interesting or lovely - rum comes through mildly and vanilla even less so. Not uber exciting. As warms vegemite extract flavour comes through more. Finishes on this and mild malt bitterness. Not mind blowing.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
*Moving over my old review*
Scored one of these in a trade, decided to share it with foofaa after a random trip to Philly.
A - Pours black with a small film of head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace down the glass.
S - Smells of rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee, oak, dark roasted malt and spicy rum. Not as much spirit as I was expecting, leaving plenty of room for the base aromas to shine through.
T - Starts off with the fudgey chocolate and smooth vanilla sweetness quickly being joined buy the toffee, caramel, oak, coconut, dark roasted grains and spicy rum bring it all together. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, combining with some warming booze to linger long after the finish. This is a really well put together beer.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel goes a little watery toward the end of the glass. Booze is well hidden, only really coming forward as it warms up to room temperature.
O - Really solid BA stout. It didn’t blow me away by any stretch of the imagination but it really made me want to try the regular Rare DOS. Hope I have that chance one day as I am pretty sure I am going to love it.
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Armin’s palace, courtesy of markwise, thanks! Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin dark head. Tangy fruity, berry, vinous, roasted malty aroma. Tart, raspberry, blackberry fruity, chocolate, a touch smoky flavor. Unfortunately, this one is also infected, pass.
Steve_0 (2665) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler at FoCo Stout Tasting 2013, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man! Pour is black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Dirt, dog shit, light cocoa, earthy, weird funky, appley, and coffee aroma. Taste is oxidized cardboard, chocolate, vinegar, green apples, roasty, pears, and tangy tart juice. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Seriously infected shit. What the hell man?
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour out of 500 mL growler, dark black pour with tan pour, aroma brought notes of sour vinegar, dark chocolate, vanilla, slight earth, slight oak. Taste is a mix of oak, earth, vanilla, lots of vinegar, slight earth, off notes, finishing bitter, oaky.
_angst_ (2780) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours dark blackish brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, raisins, high quality dark chocolate, rum, charred wood, vanilla fudge, moist soil, sweet liquorice candy, hay and hints of roasted coconuts. Taste is tiny sweet and sour with roasted malts, lemon juice, dry apple cider, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, moist soil, charred wood, rum soaked raisins and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, velvety, creamy and near full bodied. finish is bitter and sour with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, lemon juice, dry apple cider, rum soaked raisins, burnt caramel and lemon zest. I can see how this could be a great beer, pity it’s infected!
rlgk (10529) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, nutcreme, toffee, roasted, chocolate, cocoa powder, licorice, tar, some raisins. Sourish caramel flavor, raisins, solvent notes, chocolate, lemon peels, hay, geapefruit, some candy. Too sour, something probably went wrong here.
DrSilverworm (6375) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swingtop growler, shared by John. Dark brown, slight red color. Thin khaki head. Dots of lace, mostly loose. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. A lot of rum flavor in this, tastes like someone poured actual rum into an imperial stout. Not bad, but a bit over-the-top. Moderate bitter, some alcohol warmth, light hint of tart. Tastes like 14-15%. Enjoyable stuff, but maybe a bit over done with the barrel.
merc7186 (2104) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
S: Vanilla, Oakey, Chocolate, Mild Bourbon
T: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mild Bourbon
M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy
Overall, pretty solid Imperial stout with great flavors, mildly boozy