Travlr (13407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Almost completely black, brown head with good retention. Aroma of licorice, cherries, coffee, chocolate. Taste has cocoa, toffee, burnt espresso. Nice body. Delicious, complex, characterful.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Doing a side by side of the original release with a bottle from the next year shows that three years seems to be the sweet spot before this starts to slip. Before that point you should experience a solid imperial stout that borders on sweet like an amped up oatmeal winter warmer.
Aroma / Appearance - A ivory head bobs above the ruby red base. At its core the beer retains a deep black heart. Dark malty tea, rich thick malts, and oated coffee hang out with a laid back feel that comes for a few years of cellaring.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee and malts cling to the corners of the palate with sweetness. Fresh tea leaves warm the throat as the experience carries to a clean bitter finish. Unlike big imperial stouts this feels more refreshing than harsh. For 10% ABV it certainly drinks like less. Thanks to the trader(s) who sent me the bottles.
RickTStiles (785) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black with a thick brown head and lots of lacing. Woody an nutty aroma. Taste is somewhat light with chocolate, wood and smoke coming through subtly.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to roxtersoxter for the trade. Black, big dense head. smells like chocolate and vanilla, plus hints of coffee and pine. Taste is vanilla and coffee again, plus some crackery flavors. Pretty good!
Caytinator (966) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 release, aged about a year. Pours walnut-black with a moderate head. The aroma is actually pretty slight but good nonetheless, even as it warms. The taste is very bitter still for having aged a year, it has a little bit of complexity but still underwhelming. Primary tastes are licorice and dark chocolate at the end. Palate is good, relatively dry but still balanced. I hate to rate a beer that had this much work put into it this low, but hey, I calls em like I sees em.
TXBadger (1552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown color. Dark fruit, cocoa, and sweetness on the nose; follow onto the palate. A little thin on the mouthfeel for the style. Finishes with some roasted malt notes.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] 2011 vintage. Pours a very dark brown color with a rocky off-white head. Roasted malts, cocoa and mild alcoholic nose. Taste is of charred malts, molasses, brown sugar, light licorice, nutmeg and plum/fig. Good looking lacing on glass. Medium bodied. Tasting notes from 11/2011.
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at CBC Denver, April 10 2014.
Also marked "Anniversary Ale".
Very dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, roasted scent. Sweet, roasted, raisin taste. Raisin, roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Bittersweet chocolate and roast malts. Jet black with a huge rich beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate abs some spice. Nice and rich with a great mouthfeel.
drjay44 (2736) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. ABV 8.5%, 55 IBU’s, 2014, per the label. Pours a medium, well retained beige head, with some lacing, over an almost opaque dark brown (SRM 30) body....nose is roasted malts, with chocolate, coffee, minimal hops, minimal esters....taste is light sweet to start, with light toffee/caramel tones, then stronger roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate note, leading to a moderate bitter finish....mouth feel, body slightly heavy of medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, slightly acid on finish. This is a pleasant beer and is obviously an Imperial Stout, because it is too sweet to be a heavy Robust Stout. It is rather simple in its presentation, and lacks many of the more complex aromas and flavors often found. Specifically, dried fruit notes are absent, and body could be a bit heavier. Adding more crystal/caramel malts might help, and perhaps elevating fermentation temperature, and/or changing yeast might create a better beer. BJCP 8/3/15/4/6