DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. This beer blew me out of the water. Maybe I haven’t had a good beer in awhile, but it was amazing. Tasted of rum, toffee and some coffee notes. I could tell right from the aroma it was going to be good. Sweet malty goodness that went down way to fast. Where can I get another bottle???
RasmusOtt (1353) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared @ the ever awesome dangerous bottleshare #7 . Pours black with a brown head. Oh yeah! Aroma on this is just insanely good. Chocolate, vanilla, dark sweet fruits, very slight roast, fudge and a nice rum character. Woah! The taste is sweet and barrel infused with notes of vanilla, dark sweet fruits, chocolate, sweet rum, brown sugar, dark chocolate brownie, sweet licuorice and slightly roasted. The alcohol is present but blends in very well with the rum. This is simply amazing! Just straight up awesome!
Klimaet (434) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at Dangerous Bottleshare #7. Pours pitch black with a thick mocca head. Aromas of sweet barrel notes, fudge, coffee, dark chocolate, light cinnamon, vanilla plums, light tobacco, dark fruits, salmiak licorice, malts. Taste is fudgy, vanilla, light cinnamon, pepper, salmiak licorice, sweet licorice, pretty strong roast, plums, coffee, dark chocolate, dry woody notes. This is crazy good! Holy shit, in need of more Cycle stuff - now, please.
tectactoe (2845) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler: Thanks, Mike. Thick, viscous looking pour. Completely black with no head, nada. Barely even a tan ring around the glass. Huge rum character on the nose without being overbearing. Boozy & semi-tropical rum cake, molten chocolate, toasted graham cracker, molasses, vanilla, plums & figs, & some burnt brown sugar with a robust alcohol warmth. Flavor has lots of the dark fruitiness up front; raisins, plums, figs, black cherry, all with a heavy, dense sweetness like they were coated in rum then rolled in brown sugar. Chocolate, caramel, rum, vanilla, & heavy molasses towards the finish. Big, boozy presence without being hot or abrasive. Heavy bodied, slightly chewy mouth feel with a moderate oiliness. This stuff is great.
gEUS (1320) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home. Pours like real thick black, viscous, steady dark beige head. One of the most roasted aromas out there, also dark dark chocolate like 99% cacao with a tad fruitiness from the whisky barrels. Huge body, thick oily and sweet, some green parpica bitterness in the mid, smooth silky finish. Taste is freshly grinded heavy roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Beautiful, lives up to the stories told... and balanced!
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
hhad a couple of times . . overall; this beer is quite rich but its mouth feel seems to vary .. . rum, cookies, earth, and barrel .. . black .. medium foam .. . seems like it was bettter when it first had it .. . . i like a lot of meat on my sandwiches- sounds dirty but its the truth.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This luxurious Imperial Stout seduces with its harmonious mélange of brown rum, milk chocolate, roasted cereals, molasses, fruit jam and resinous hop bitterness, all thriving in a rich, almost viscous body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-Mild vanilla also suffuses the generous residual sugars.
-The barrel flavours are superbly integrated.
-Alcohol warmth and wood rise slowly in the finish.
-If you feel like having dessert, this is an exquisite one.
-For all the overrated Imperial Stouts on this site, this one actually deserves the hype. Bravo!
On tap three different times at the brewery taproom. Lucky me!
jjgmd (1605) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the brewery in St Pete, pours a deep intense black pour with a beautiful coffee Java head. Nose is through and through whiskey, with vanilla and dark fruits, with strong cherries. Taste is chocolate and dark fruit malt, heavy and velvety and laced with strong rum. Finishes on the same dark fruit rum notes. Exquisite !!! Quaff Score 9 / 10
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cycle Brewing. Pours pitch black with a brown head and very nice aroma of rum, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is strong, nice strong run notes with dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol into the warming finish. Complex and delicious brew
kermis (6040) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Bottle shared with Deanso. Pours near black with a thick, short lived, brown head. Massive aroma as soon as the bottle was popped of dark chocolate, boozy rum and oak barrel, fudge, molasses, light licorice notes, forest leaves and deal fruity, almost slight vinous notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Warming in the mouthfeel with a medium oily texture. Full bodied with a strange pleasant moderate prickly carbonation. First tick of 2015! :-)
deanso (6058) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Big thanks.
Rum aroma. Small tan head. Clear black pour. Rum in the aftertaste. Very well brewed. An excellent imperial stout.