blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [1L] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o HogTownHarry. 2006 Vintage. Pours black, oily-looking, with no head. Malty aroma along with coffee, light leafy hops, chocolate and dark fruit. Slightly watery, but still nice, flavour of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of smoke and a dry roasty finish. Average to medium bodied. Good stuff, I quite liked it.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3625-20110304] 1L bottle. Rich wine aroma characteristics and lots of light roast and wood notes. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Sweet figgy fruit roast flavour only hints at coffee or espresso. Medium-full body. Good, has held up well. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, garthicus, GregClow, jerc)
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011-03-04. Very dark brown-black body with a small tan head. 3+ Interesting aroma, sweet toffee/caramel, light roasty malt accents, sweet sugary malt notes. Flavour is similar with a sweet malty core, caramel/dark sugar notes, light toasty notes, muted thin espresso character in the background. Smooth average plus bodied palate has likely thinned a lot with age but is surprisingly decent. This has aged rather interestingly, it almost seems more like a doppelbock than an imperial stout at times. Well rounded and pretty drinkable, but overly restrained at times. 2006 Vintage Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
garthicus (2779) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Pitch black, quite oily, tiny brown head. Aroma: quite alcoholic, almost altar wine like, malty, treacle like Flavour: Syrup, malt, molasses, a little coffee, can’t detect a huge amount of espresso. A little chocolate with a boozy finish. Not bad.
johnnnniee (2730) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 liter bottle 2008 vintage sampled 1/18/2009
Pours a solid black with the faintest of ruby highlights on the outer edges. smallish tan head leaves a little lace on the way down. Smells of licorice, dried dark fruit, and a faint coffee/roast in the back. Taste is sweet, a bit of licorice, some bitter roast and chocolate linger in the finish. Body is medium, mouthfeel is oily/creamy, carbonation is low but adequate. Decent brew, not the best RIS out there, but a nice drinker. I would have liked a bit more body and a bit more roast in this one.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5th Annual Epic and Rare gathering, sampled from same bottle as dkachur. Standard black, pretty much no head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavor is chocolate and bread. Coffee faint , but goes fast. Probably a bit past its peak at this point. RIP.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 1L swingtop at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a dark brown color with a tan frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, caramel and toffee. The taste is roasted malts, caramel, toffee, bitter hops, nuts, smoke, coffee. Medium-full bodied.
emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received this in a trade a while back, and was surprised at the size of the bottle (I assumed it was a 750), so I decided to save it for a tasting. Thankfully the opportunity arose last Friday night. Poured a deep, dark black color, with a bit of smallish tan head. Great coffee/mocha aromas. Somewhat thinnish on the palate, with good coffee flavors and a hint of bourbon/vanilla.
Ratman197 (10850) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 litre swing top bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, light vanilla and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty coffee finish.
HonusWagner (1695) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m not entirely sure how fair it is to review this beer, because I bought it at about 4 PM and while I was walking around the city carrying it something went wrong and it started to leak despite the lid being apparently well secured. Nevertheless, the pour was still quite nice so I’m not going to be too generous to the overall beer. It was black with a nice tan head of good size for the small pour I gave myself to start. The aroma was somewhat strange, moderately funky or possibly even tart with dominant coffee notes and slight hints of vanilla. Didn’t notice the whiskey. The flavor was initially quite funky/tart which leads me to believe something may have happened in that long six hours. But as the beer warmed, the cocoa/espresso flavors really came to the fore. Maybe the bottles were naturally infected? I dunno. I’d like to try this again but doubt I will get the chance; it seems like it could have been a very good beer but the mouthfeel was way too watery and the flavors too muddled for me to praise the bottle I had.