kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Keir, thanks man! Appearance is jet black with a thin layer of mocha head. Aroma is very rich, with vanilla, graham crackers, chocolate cake, and a hint of coffee. Taste is very sprit forward with lots of vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Full bodied, decent carb. This version really took on the characteristics of the barrel, so much so that the rich coffee character from the base beer is hard to pick up. Still very good, but I like the original a touch more.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Black beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light bourbon aroma. Bourbon and chocolate flavor with light licorice. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and toffee lingers with light chocolate and light coffee.
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic French roast aroma great stout imperial characteristics in mouthfeel and coffe taste. Rich big foamy head. Excellent flavor. Some alcohol heat that added to the whole experience. Love it.
cbfobes (2801) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Perennial, pours pitch black with a dark brown head and lacing in the glass, the aroma was of heavy bourbon, oak and vanilla with a touch of the coffee and chocolate coming through, the flavor has a big bourbon front end with coffee again showing in the finish, tastes bigger than 10.5% to me.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and spices. Oak and bourbon notes.
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole! Pours inky black, large dark brown head that is a bit fizzy at the beginning, but settles down to leave nice residual and lacing. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malts, some chocolate, mocha. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, lots of mocha flavors, whiskey, anise, deep roasty notes. Some astringence, from a combo of coffee and barrel, I would assume. Medium plus body, a bit creamy. Lingering heat from the ABV. Solid, not amazing.
Prufrockstar (1642) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Ryan. Near black pour. No head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, roast. Coffee isnít really present, which surprises me. Toast, some bourbon and coconut. Full body, soft carb, oily texture. Overall: surprisingly just ... <shrug>.
Keir (181) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Black with thin brown head that clings. Nose of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Coffee is very muted at this point. A hint of bitterness. Still quite good after 18 months.
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
shared bottle by a friend. poured a pitch black colour with a very small mocha coloured head, compared to the regular sump there was just a small hint of roasted coffe in this one, but ofcourse barrel and whisky notes. a small vanilla hint, dark chocolate, roasted malts, itís again a real big monster of a stout of perennial! but for a coffe stout i was looking for a big strong coffe hint just like the regular sump! i think i liked the regular just a bit more as this one
b3shine (7114) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to wine glass at Perennialís Third Anniversary Party. Looks good; a slightly translucent dark coffee with tan head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, roast, oak, and a touch of bourbon. Tastes like it smells, but richer, with an incredibly smooth mouthfel, especially with such a strong coffee presence. Outstanding.