blutt59 (5687) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, via trade with scrizz, good black brown color with thin tan foam, aroma is malty coffee, flavor has good coffee, roasty, a little bitter on the finish
Glouglouburp (5568) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A vanilla and molasses orgy that is also moderately bourbonnny and very woody. Just Good
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when about one year of age. Sent to me by after4ever. Thanks a lot Tom
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose of molasses, beech wood and light smoky touch and a bit of bourbon. Taste is surprisingly more bourbonny than the aroma. Lots of vanilla, lots of molasses, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, caramel, some booze, dirty earthy wood, chocolate cake, some non-specific dark fruits. The medium body is a bit thin for 9.5% brew and with the sparse carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit slimy. Roasted level is as low as it gets for an impy stout. The wood character help to dry out the beer a bit but it still feel sweet. Good bad but I was hoping for more. I easily drank my bottle but all in all it is not worth the stiff $15 price tag. Iíve got another bottle of the fresh vintage so maybe Iíll change my mind with a fresh bottle. But right now this is just a ďgoodĒ beer that is not worth the high price tag and I donít like to throw my money way. Iím the type of guy who doesnít donít buy shampoo as long as real poo is still free.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a black body with a yellow tan head. Malty milk chocolate and molasses tones. A mild woody oakiness with some light roasted malt and mineral. A boozy vanilla warming. Decent stout.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a nice tan head. Roasted malts, some chocolate sweetness and a light amount of vanilla. Dont get a lot of barrel in the aroma. But once the flavor commences I get a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood and dry roasted malts. Light burnt malts and some underlying sweetness too. Light carbonation with a smooth creamy body.
after4ever (5290) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the WABL 3rd anniversary party. Jet black. Thick, creamy tan head. Huge, roasty coffee nose. Wood is very well integrated into the overall flavor profile. Well-done with the late additions of base beer to knock it back. Creamy, thick body. Lots of coffee, chocolate, wood, and vanilla. But mostly, this is a big, delicious, chocolatey stout. Yay Pike.
DuffMan (5196) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Josephson. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a surprisingly lively brown bubbly head that takes eons to settle. Aroma is quite woody and earthy, with chocolate and coffee. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with accents of smokey wood and pepper. Finish has an interesting tartness to it, that seems to lighten up the body somewhat. Very good.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber BCTC 2009. Pours a deep dark brown almost black - carbonation is a bit high- big lasting head. Aroma is roasty, bitter green grassy hops, with lots of oak and bourbon, drying crackery, cobwebby and caramelized oak and sweet molasses- bourbon. Flavor is honey sweet, roast, chocolate and very woody- oaked to hell, dries up the body and the high carbonation doesnít help that either- most of the licorice, toffee, tar, and roast and chocolate get lost in the bourbon and wood. Finish is a bit on the too dry side and almost has a gritty feel. Eh.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Acquired via trade with 5000. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a film top. Aroma of roasted dark malt, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, chocolate and a touch of toffee. Taste is full bodied, very soft texture with flavors of toasted dark malt, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark pitted fruits. Finish is semi-sweet with a fruity and bourbon aftertaste that even has some alcohol warmth. Very nice.
heemer77 (5011) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Noogfest High 5. The body was deep black. Smells of plums and brown sugar up front. Coffee and sweet milk chocolate flavors are fairly dominant. I also got some fruity plum notes. Solid.
marcus (5005) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This dark brown ale poured mostly foam, which began to seep from the bottle as soon as it was opened. There is a very pleasant chocolate and bourbon aroma. It was some before the head subsided enough to allow a taste, which consisted of unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, plum and a bit of alcohol. Itís a nice winter drink.