mstrcrwly (784) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter..black as night..thin light brown head..aroma of booze,chocolate,vanilla,wood,dark fruits..tastes of vanilla,whiskey,oak,
dark fruits,chocolate,coconut..smooth for 13% ABV..excellent.
Padron4KM (737) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 2015 vintage.
Black, with a tan head, that dissipates without much lace.
Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon.
Flavor is on the sweet side, creamy chocolate, sweetened coffee, vanilla, bourbon, with some toasty oak dryness that keeps it from getting sideways.
Mouth-feel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is soft. Never gets boozy despite the high abv.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0 ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
Hazy sepia, thin cream head. Spicy nose, woody and peppery with cognac hints. Sticky sugar front palate, boozy with oxidation stick mid, way disappointing compared to the nose.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with company. Not as dark or viscous as the regular Narwhal, with a boozier character with lots of bourbon in equal proportion to the dark malts. Nice, but I prefer the non-bourbonized version I think.
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, toasted grain and light coconut. Similar flavor. Full bodied, smooth and complex. Pretty nice overall.
markextrae (2506) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by a friend. poured a dark black colour with a slight tanned head on top. nose has dark roasted malts, sweet bourbon, dark fruits, and bourbon covered raisins. som ekind of a sweet vineous red wine notice. mocha, and a bit to carbonated. cacao, and some toasted coconut from the oak. full bodied beer. and kind of a good surprise.
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a thin beige head and light lacing ... Aroma is of vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, chocolate/cocoa .... Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut, roasted malts, semi sweet chocolate, cocoa and a caramel malt backbone together with a spicy/bitter warming bite .... Body is thick mouthfeel is slick and oily .... Finish is dry with a lingering dry oak and sweet bourbon vanilla ... Well put together and tasty
Shark_Pants (504) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black pour with really attractive creamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Prominent aromas of oak, bourbon, molasses, espresso, chocolate, cherry. Decadent flavours - rich chocolate, port wine, coffee roastiness and bitterness, oak tannins, some vanilla. Full bodied and really smooth, creamy and oily. Fantastic barrel aged imperial stout, so sinful but feels so right.
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks, Adam. Pours dark brown/black, with a medium sized brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, coconut, dark fruit, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, and a little smoke. Medium to heavy creamy body.
tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
How: Bottle (750 ml) at Mont-Carmel tasting. Bought at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury.
>>> A good but hot barrel-aged RIS like so many other. Enjoyable when you don’t think about the price tag.
- Black with a small brown head and little lacing.
- Main flavors are bourbon and roasted malts.
- There’s a nice red fruits / red wine presence that add some complexity.
- It’s a bit hot, alcohol is more present than I expected. Not to the point of being problematic (Bruery-like) though.
- Body is full, carbonation is moderate, mouthfeel is chalky and finish is warming.
Flavors: Bourbon, alcohol, roasted malts, red fruits, caramel, mild spiciness.