CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle courtesy of Glouglouburp: Pours an overcarbonated effervescent opaque black with a clumpy-lacing light brown head. Has a tart cherry and woody oak nose with some roasted maltiness. Starts with a fizzy carbonation atop an oily lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate body with some tart cherries and vanilla oak complexity before a toasty dry and earthy finish. This definitely seems to have some kind of infection going on, but at this point itís still drinkable. Would be nice to try a fresh sample.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 650ml bottle
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a large frothy tan head, leaving clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Strong aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and dried cocoa
Taste: Roasted malts, oak, bourbon, espresso and ash
A decent Imperial Stout. There is some kind of funky flavor in the finish that sticks around.
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<b>Bottle</b>: Pitch black, large rocky beige head, clumpy lacing. † Big woody nose, definite Bourbon, seems dry and chalky. †
Charred wood and roasted malts also make an appearance. † Certainly woody on the tongue, some Bourbon but not that heavy. †
Unfortunately this one is rather thin. † I was expecting much more in terms of body. † Has somewhat of a sour aspect to it. † it
sure does remind me of XXXXX Stout but with more Bourbon and less chalkiness/dryness. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin. †
For a 9.5% Imperial Stout it is really soft. † Flavorful, but that malt backing isnít there. † This beer would be so much more had it
been much more maltier. † I also wished it wasnít so sour, well at least had it not had such a strong sour aspect. † It is unique,
one of a kind from Pike, but the lack of malts, thicker body, and sweetness really are missed. † Had potential, but just didnít round out
to a memorable barrel aged Imperial Stout. † This one *really* needed to be meatier, no doubt about it. † Entertaining, but not a
competitor in the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout category.
blutt59 (6501) - 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
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, molasses, light dark fruits, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with barely some orange highlights. It has a small khaki head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. There is some very fine webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some light dark fruits in the background. The finish has light vanilla, roasted coffee, and a touch of black licorice. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.
Mora2000 (6154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try.
Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium.
Not what the brewer intended but I actually didnít dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.
riversideAK (6098) - 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.