brokensail (10744) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Phil. Black pour with a tan head. Roasted malt, rum, chocolate, and soap on the nose. Charred wood, some booze, and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is kind of soapy. A bit of booze, rum, and roast. Dark chocolate, hints of vanilla, and charred oak. Maybe a touch of fruit. Kind of disappointing, particularly next to the other variants.
hopscotch (9064) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, off-white head that’s gone in a flash. The aroma offers loads of dark rum, espresso and hot, gooey fudge. Full-bodied and creamy with acceptable carbonation. The bouquet is a whirl of acrid, bitter and charred notes interwoven with espresso and warm, smooth rum. Lengthy, burnt, moderately bitter finish. Really nice! Bottle shared with the south Florida crew by biggsbowler!
chinchill (1776) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared large bottle. Very dark opaque redtoned edges.
Very full thick feel with low but adequate carbonation. Alcohol burn reduces the rating.
Tastes very rich with moderate complexity. Restrained rum barrel effects.
Marheb (2001) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Immensément sucré avec une forte présence vanillée et épicée. La présence en bouche est moins impressionnante que certaines versions sinon la décadence y est.
edgallow (1992) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, coffee and whiskey. Taste is coffee, chocolate malts and a hint of whiskey.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Chocolate-flavored pastries and brown rum surf roasted cereals in this sugary Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the dark brown-hued black.
-Barrel flavors are nicely integrated.
-This was as good, not better, as the ’regular’ Noir. A fun variation.
-The mouthfeel is soft and plump.
-Light spiciness is perceived.
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This one pours a black tar with a short lived tan etching. The first and most intense part of the nose is that of finger nail polish and/or acetone - really not nice. Under that there is alcohol burn, sweet coconut, cocoa powder, touch of oak and raisin. Flavor is rich fudge, sweet molasses, some bitters (the drink additive), some alcohol and oak. Medium bodied on full with moderately limited carb and a semi dry finish. I’m rather happy I’m not in the trading circuit, this appears to cost a ton more than it’s worth.
TXBadger (1336) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes: Cocoa and rum on the nose. Rum, cocoa, and roasted malts on the palate. The rum barrel imparts an interesting sweetness on the finish. A bit young and hot right now, I’d be interested to see how this one ages.
Experiment_Ale (992) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the marina on grapevine lake with Seth, Scott, Noah, Matt, and Kevin, fall 2013. From an unlabeled bottle Scott got for helping Chase move. Pours black with foamy tan thick head. Aroma is subtle rum that melds with the dark malty notes into a soft smooth toasted nose. Very nice. Taste is savory toasted maltiness with an accent of sweet non-boozy rum, coconut, marshmallow. Full bodies and full flavored with a soft smooth mouthfeel. An awesome beer, might be a little young at this point.
jkwood04 (3851) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some rum, light chocolate and coffee notes, some dough and light bitterness. Flavor the same. Thicker texture. A decent imperial stout but could have more rum and more flavor overall.
umich03jm (1930) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to northernbrews/tectactoe/mrebeks for sharing. Pours very dark brown with a small bubbly head that fades to a small ring. Aroma are rum, alcohol, chocolate, and light roasted coffee. Taste is better than the aroma. Smooth chocolate cake mixed with rum. Hint of roasted coffee in the finish. Some hot alcohol in the finish too. I think this would be very good without the alcohol in the aroma and finish.