SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a black with tan head, no light getting through this! Aroma of dark roast, some alcohol, faint wood. Flavor of rich dark roast, some sweetness, wood, nice roast bitter. Mouth feel is full body with low carbonation. Overall, good stuff!
jkwalking05 (3051) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of coffee, wood and roasted malts. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a light hint of grapefruit.
ilovedarkbeer (2140) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Notes of fudge, bitter chocolate, citrus hops, medicine. Creamy thinner mouthfeel, and medium short finish.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. This beer might have suffered as the previous one in the line-up before it was North Coast Reserve Brandy. Pours with a light brown head over a black body. Aroma of coffee, lots of hops, chocolate, wood, and cinnamon. Taste is woody with chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops. Water like mouthfeel with light bubbles. Somewhat thin feeling for a Imperial Sout of this ABV.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose-soy, unami, smoke, smoked fish. Taste-fish food, unami. What can I say? This MF’er is good.
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black pour with a cream head. Nose of vanilla roasted malts and coffee. Nice and thick on the palate with a heavy roasted flavor. Slight vanilla in the flavor.
BillKismet (3165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours into the glass with a Coca-Cola body topped by a 1/2" creamy chocolate head that rapidly flatens. Pleasing vanilla Coca-Cola aroma and light roastiness. The body packs more punch and complexity, featuring deep roastiness and well-placed charcoal bitterness on the back of the palate along with a spicy/jalepeno bite. Overall, easy drinking for this high an ABV%, that is pleasantly smoky and roasty throughout with pinches of vanilla and some dry, unsweetened chocolate. Thick and full-bodied.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wax-sealed bomber. Pours opaque blackish brown with a dense and lacy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with just a hint of bourbon. Medium body and light carbonation. Lightly sweet taste with chocolate, coffee and vanilla; but also some molasses and prune. Lightly bitter charred finish. Avoids being hot, which is tough to do at 9.5 ABV. I wouldn’t mind see this bodied up just a bit.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from hopdog. They should call it barrel aged imperial stout instead of wood aged stout, and will sell better. Wax capped. 22oz bottle. Small amount of roastiness. Opened at Lost Abbey at Angel’s Share release. Leans dry. Barrel aging is subtle and hard to notice. Pretty good.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wax toped bottle via trade with scrizz, this one was shared by Wetherel at sinner’s pick up of angel’s and older vis. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet and roasty. Taste is sweet, rich and has a full flavorful coffee edge. The bourbon doesn’t really come through.