tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: thanks, Jason! Deep brown, very close to block with a khaki colored head that’s quick to foam up; nice & frothy as it slowly settles to a thin film & ring around the glass. Aroma has some notable whiskey up front with a multigrain underbody; notes of wood, dark cocoa nibs, light roast, & a hint of delicate syrup. Alcohol presence is large on the nose... Taste is similar with a big kick up front of tannin-heavy oak that’s been soaking in bourbon & whiskey for a long time. Light cocoa, slightly charred, with mild notes of coconut (likely from the barrel aging). Brown sugar & faint maple syrup come out with warmth, leading to a wood & whiskey filled finish. Lightly astringent. Despite the boozy presence, it never gets too overbearing. Certainly a slow sipper, though. Would like a thicker, more "round" mouth feel, but it’s quite tasty.
wchesser (1576) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a trade with rxeight-thanks man! Black pour, medium viscosity for the style, pretty high carbonation. Lots of bourbon elements on the nose, vanilla, oak, some booze, along with dark malts and coffee. Taste follows...pretty standard only stout, not complex but tasty. B+ just needs some more body to push it up.
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla, sweet chocolate, caramel and bourbon on the noise with a coffee brown head. very drinkable with a good amount of carbonation. Vanilla and bourbon on the tongue with a bitter chocolate Finish that lingers around. You get the alcohol earth on the finish as well. Good beer for a cold night
ryecatcher (1107) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a stouty, opaque brown-black, smallish espresso colored head with so so retention, good lacing. Nose is cocoa, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, whole lotta barrel. Mouth is medium sweet and sticky, thick and chocolatey, dried fruit (dates and figs), some vanilla, roast, boozy goodness. ABV is sorta hidden, but this is cold right now. Perfect beer for this Siberian-esque Chicago evening, with the mercury dipping well below zero, howling winds and enough snow to make even the most hardened Midwesterner reconsider moving to somewhere like... oh, I dunno... Hawaii.
JStax (4105) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a thick, viscous black with a decent sized head of tan foam. The aroma has notes of vanilla, booze, some fudge, maybe a little Oreo. Taste is sweet, chocolatey, and boozy. As it warms, more vanilla character comes out. Big bodied with lower carbonation. Thick mouthfeel.
Errl (2325) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a thin white head..Nose is nice chewy brownie, caramel, vanilla, spice, chocolate, alcohol, alcohol..Taste is spice, caramel, cool whip, nice bourbon, oak, chocolate..
AWISLguy (1967) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from ck1 for our family Xmas gathering, thanks bro! Pours an opaque black with a tan head leaving very little lacing. Aroma has chocolate and caramel and vanilla/bourbon with a solid roasty presence. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, some sweet caramel maltiness, some roast/ash and some vanilla. Smooth with a terrific flavor blend. Surprisingly, the alcohol is understated. Full bodied. Finishes bittersweet with a little kick. Tasty, smooth and excellent. Very enjoyable!
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/XII/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-1135) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown to black beer, small aery beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, lots of dried fruits, dates and figs, chocolate, vanilla. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bourbon, caramel, vanilla, sugary, fudge, little sour, alcohol, some chocolate. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, alcohol, lots of chocolate, caramel, sweet, quite some vanilla, hoppy ending. Very nice beer!
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A demain dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with light vanilla, light bourbon, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with light vanilla, loads of alcohol. On tap at End of Everything beer fest Dec 22 2013 the.
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
Sadly I only got a four ounce pour of this as the keg kicked just as they were filling my glass. On the plus side that meant I didn’t pay a dime for a fantastic imperial stout. Revolution is making some good products and this one is no exception. One of these days I hope to make it there and try their beers at the source.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base slides around the glass like melted charcoal. Vanilla, anise, chocolate, and thick creamy textures hang in the air. This is as dense as you would expect a well crafted imperial stout to be.
Flavor / Palate - Dark fruity notes stick on the tongue. Chocolate, anise, and coffee emerge at the peak of the throat. The finish lingers with a pleasant bitterness typical of a malty profile. This is excellent although perhaps just a notch below the best of the best. I’d put this against any number of other Midwestern releases - check it out for yourself.