markextrae (3386) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared bottle. poured dark black with a non lasting mocha head. roasted malts, sweet bakers chocolate, oats, sweet caramel, oak, some vanilla, spiced bourbon, spicy aftertaste. smooth mouthfeel.
Modularman (132) - - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, smell is sweet vanilla, appearance is black with thin brown head, taste is of sweet dark chocolate and bourbon which finishes with a slight coffee taste
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid whiskey barrel stout. The base is solid, but seems to have oxidized quite a bit in the span of only half a year. The barrels could be bringing a better contribution in my opinion. But this is certainly not a bad or offensive stout by any means.
Hair6a11 (1462) - 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 (4504) - San Diego, California, USA - 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 (3318) - Meridian, Idaho, 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 (9063) - 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_ (4351) - 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 (17152) - Göteborg, 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 (1020) - 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.