hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark body with reddish highlights. There’s a very small head that is light brown in color. Nice, inviting aroma of coffee, cream, and spice. The palate is relatively light, and there’s a decent punch of carbonation. The flavor is excellent. It’s pretty sweet and smooth with just a little spice at the end. I can taste the coffee, but it’s more like a light and sweet coffee. The 9% ABV is not evident at all. This is a very easy drinking, tasty brew.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of mint, chocolate, raisins, and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, plum, brown sugar, banana, coffee, mint, and caramel.
Cajun (346) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours dark brown to black...creamy offwhite head. Coffee, chocolate muffin, nuts; spicy character, vanilla... hops in the finish. Somewhat sweet.
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes and fruity ester from the yeast is pretty awesome. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes and some residual sugar with nice fruity ester notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Pretty solid take on the Belgian style stout IMHO.
moderrnlifeiswar (28) - Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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drpimento (3077) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
We think that this is a bad bottle as it has a sour edge to it. Pretty far from an imperial stout. Disappointed.
GC1379 (20) - - MAY 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a big fan of the barrel series as a rule. This is the one exception. Pours dark burgundy with a nice fluffy head. Nice Belgian-style taste with chocolate notes and a good barrel flavor. Coffee flavor is less pronounced than advertised.
SuitcaseHead (1) - - MAY 23, 2016 does not count
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I was excited to try this - an oak-barrel aged, dark stout with coffee, chocolate and more. Served it chilled but not cold, so the best flavor and aroma would stand out.
What I met at the nose, then sipped, was sour, yeasty and unappealing. The excessive carbonation and yeast masked any other flavors.
I kept quiet,as the three other tasters sipped theirs. Offered to add a splash to their glasses. All refused. We poured out the rest.
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of strong oak and spices. Taste is of oak and spices as well, with dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, and coffee notes into the finish.
jjgmd (1980) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich black pour with a huge Java colored head. Nose is malt, chocolate and oak . Taste is full of oak with some tartness and alcohol, and a nice confluence of spices . Ends on the oaky alcohol notes with a tart finish. Nice . Quaff Score 8 / 10
delnoche (504) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an English pint. Deep ruby with a thick tan head. Strong alcohol aroma fills the air on the pour. Upon further inspection, oak barrel, caramel, figs, and vanilla make themselves known. The flavor consists mainly of coffee, oak, and big alcohol. This is definitely a sipper. Reminds me more of a bourbon than a beer. Though an interesting brew, the strong alcohol presence prevents me from really enjoying it.