BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: ½ pint glass
From: VONS in Big Bear City, Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack w/ VONS membership card
Purchased: Sept. 13, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 13, 2013
Misc.: 2013 batch
Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of almost still tan head, that dissipated rather quickly. Even a bit purple in the color there. Some sporadic spots of lacing, but well below average. Minimal retention on the top on the way down.
Smelled a deep liquor up front, like an Irish whiskey or something similar. Also molasses, dark cocoa, maple syrup, toffee, caramel and rum. Could smell the strong alcohol for sure.
Tasted dark cocoa, cocoa, chocolate milk, molasses, toffee, caramel, Irish Whiskey and rum. So basically like the smell, but smoother. Alcohol was well hidden, unlike the smell.
Medium-to-full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
I was slightly disappointed in the Narwhal. Whether you consider it a Russian Imperial Stout (Beer Advocate), an Imperial Stout (Sierra Nevada and Rate Beer), neither lived up to what I was expecting.
chucklemation (275) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very rich stout with a strong flavor of cocoa and a little coffee. Has a sharp, somewhat bitter finish.
snoworsummer (1491) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle on the JMT. Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Really good beer. Chocolate, molasses, smokey flavor. Low/medium body and carbonation.
GranvilleTim (1415) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, little hops and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, dry, little bitter in the finish. So-so lacing. A very tasty beer that I am glad to see in my area.
wlajwl (3479) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is coffee, mildly vinous, dark malts and a hint of smoke. The flavor is dark malts, smokey notes, dark fruit, vinous, oily texture and a tangy/alcoholic finish.
beertholomeus (484) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel and molasses aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and molasses flavors. Slightly sweet mouth feel. Full body and low carbonation. Roasted malt and chocolate finish.
Concealer (576) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, and light coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation.
bpreo (1377) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really high alcohol content (10.2%), but tastes rich and smooth. This is one of the better Imperial Stout’s available.
Lonick (681) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inky black with a slight off-white head, not a great deal of nose but chocolate and a general sweetness do come through. Wonderful, perhaps a little too strong for its own good but a fantastic taste a sweetness, honey/molasses hits you, a very good beer.
evergreen0199 (1752) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pilgrim’s Market, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee aroma. Tastes similar, really roasty, malty, coffee, chocolate, slightly bitter and dry. Rich tasting Imperial Stout that would probably improve with a bit of age.