Hair6a11 (1356) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Red Wax) - It should be said that it took 3 tries to get a noninfected bottle down my gullet. The first two were infected rusted cap drain pours, and the third (this) was light rusted cap with no infection. So. Annoying. Anyway - The pour is murky brown, with a one finger fine bubbled khaki head into this glass - cobweb style lacing presence, with average retention. The nose is heavy barrel presence with light vanilla, marshmallow, feint booze, dark fruits, and caramel. The flavor profile is velvet grain initial, with booze presence and dark fruits, moving to cacao, marshmallow, spicy oak, and mild roast. I am officially a fan of this one
Marheb (2047) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moelleuse concoction chocolatée avec des tons de toasts brűlés, caramel, coco, vanille et de chaleur d’alcool.
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (red wax) from deyholla – thanks! Very dark brown pour with a smallish brown head. Light lacing. Nose is well balanced in roast, cocoa, bourbon, and charred barrel. Good ratio of sweet to roast, same in the taste. Coffee begins to come through, along with a heavier roast. Barrel notes are less prominent, but in a good way. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet cocoa and light bourbon note. Great texture. I had the Pirate Noir last summer and have been looking forward to try this as original, aka base beer. Very good stuff.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This solid Imperial Stout shares roasted cereal, dark chocolate and delicate fruit flavors licked by alcohol warmth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-Mouthfeel is rich but not too heavy.
-Flavor profile is very tight; you can tell these guys know what they’re doing in the dessert beer category.
-This is very good, just not as compelling as their Bomb! treatments, to me.
_angst_ (2767) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received as extra in trade. Thank you stawn! Pours reddish black with a small mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, toffee, burnt caramel, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, charred wood, black pepper corns, shredded coconut, burnt oatmeal flakes, liquorice fudge, bourbon and moist tobacco. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt wood, coconut shells, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, toffee, leather, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, peat, alcohol, moist tobacco and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is heavy roasted astringent, tiny oily, tiny sticky, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt oatmeal flakes, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, shredded coconut, charred wood, bourbon, peat, alcohol and burnt hay. Harshly bitter... Pretty unbalanced...
rlgk (10510) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Foeder Teaser Tasting. Extra from a trade with stawn. Roasted chocolate aroma, leather, cocoa, hay, licorice, oaky, vanilla, caramel, toffee, tar notes. Roasted coffee and peat flavor, dark chocolate, licorice, creamy, leather, floral notes, tobacco, ash notes. Heavy beer, full bodied with a nice chocolate, vanilla and tobacco aroma.
Dr_Fellini (410) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a deep brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee. Flavor is a roasted malt coffee bitterness. Medium body with a lingering light burnt bitterness and a coffee sweetness. Excellent stout.
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black, opaque, with a moderate mocha head. Chocolate, coffee, marshmallow, whiskey, and brown sugar. Mild sweetness followed coffee ground bitterness. Smooth and creamy, but finishes astringent and quite bitter.
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks Thewildwes: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Medium sized light brown foamy hea on topmof a
Aromas of vinous notes, roast, coffee, brett, chocolate, light wood, light hint of bay leaf and some sloght hints of fruit like berries.
Flavours of spices, roast, coffee, some chocolate, some wood, light light bourbon, light wilder yeast tone, some darker fruits, nice bitters, some roasted malts and a good dark tone of typical Imperial Stout tones...
Aftertaste is a mix of chocolate, bitters, light coffee, lighter wood and eveb lighter something like bourbon...
Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, medium to full bodied and a creamy smooth texture.
Nice beer, needs some air and time to show it’s real face!
TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been lucky enough to have this both from the original version released in the 750mL bottles and in the 12oz bottles. Bourbon, cocoa, and coffee on the nose, with all following on the palate. Finishes semi-sweet with caramel and toffee notes.