rdixon77 (601) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to joedevivre for the share. Dark brown pour. Chocolate and bourbon dominant nose and taste. Some char and roasted malts in the flavor as well. Excellent balance between barrel, booze, and sweetness. Excellent.
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep black chocolate notes with some light bourbon notes is quite interesting. Taste is a mix between some vanilla and bourbon notes mix in with some sweet black chocolate notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed stout but I was expecting flavours to shine through even more so.
demmbonz (480) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark pour. Lovely head. Smooth mouth feel from the oats. Nothing over the top. Subtle barrel. Very smooth and drinkable.
markextrae (854) - 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 (97) - - 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 (289) - 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 (1313) - 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 (1940) - 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 brûlés, caramel, coco, vanille et de chaleur d’alcool.
jake65 (2588) - 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 (7677) - 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.