patricks110 (2357) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my kind of beer. Pours a completely opaque black eith a dense tan head. The nose is heavy and robust with huge espresso and chocolate notes, a pinch of anise and a ton of rich, woody barrel emphasis. Rich bourbon and woody roasted notes. Sweet up front with roasted espresso and anise, light vanilla. The finish is woody and lightly bitter with roasted malts. Barrel notes are perfectly done and linger in the aftertaste.
tmoreau (3421) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 2015, 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable layer of tan head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was medium roast, with mocha notes, light maltiness, and barrel induced vanilla & coconut that assisted in tempering the roasted nature. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, added a roasted & earthy bitterness, and pleasant, bourbony warmth.
GRM (3585) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, bourbon, light burnt barley, ink, light molasses, anise; mouth: roasted barley, bourbon, light burnt barley, ink, light molasses, anise, slight acridness, finale in ink with presence of roasted barley, full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, bourbon, léger orge brûlée, encre, léger mélasse, anis; bouche : orge torréfiée, bourbon, léger orge brûlée, encre, léger mélasse, anis, très légère âcreté, finale en encre avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien
Atom (2043) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL of 2014 pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma of bright barrel sweetness, oaky vanilla and whiskey, sweet undertones of chocolate and molasses. Texture is slick and sweet, moderate oaky vanilla and whiskey, well balanced with slightly more dry chocolate and molasses, light leather, coconut and marshmellow and a light alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Nice approachable balance.
flatmatt (1382) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle, 2015 edition. Pours black with a tan head. Rich sweet bourbon and chcolate syrup aroma. Great rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, oak, molasses, and a touch of coffee, slight touch of the alcohol. Delicious.
caesar (6301) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to jerohen from a trade with a Narke Kaggen Stormaktsporter with Benzai I facilitated, medium sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, bourbon, rye, cookie, vanilla, bit coconut. Cookie sweetness, roasty bitterness, vanilla, coconut. Lovely big sipper. Very enjoyable.
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, caged and corked bottle. 2015 Vintage. Dark brown, near black with a tan head. Vanilla, woody/earthiness, chocolate, dark fruits, and lighter bourbon.Though the barrel aging was done well on this one.
jerohen (2132) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, trade with Benzai, thanks! Opaque black appearance, brownish head. Powerful nose of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, some licorice, alcohol. Very complex flavor, sweetness and bitterness, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, alcohol, very boozy. Lasting bittersweet finish. Very powerful, complex, and balanced imperial stout. A little bit too boozy for me, but nevertheless very good.
VsXsV (3750) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, light licorice, light bourbon, oak, chocolate and light licorice. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of bourbon, coffee and light toast. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice!
mjs (6022) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at tiong’s tasting, thanks tiong, 20160109) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had wood, vineousness and vanilla. Palate was full bodied and warming with low carbonation. Flavours were vanilla, booze, wood, sweetness and burnt malts. Aftertaste was woody and burnt. The wood was bit overdone.