corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a minuscule off-white head that immediately fizzles away. Poor retention with no lacing to speak off.
The aroma of this beer is very inviting with an intense barrel character thatís nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Incredible barrel presence with the perfect amount of spirit and oak without completely overpowering everything else. Really pleasant apple brandy/spicy spirit quality along with charred oak, silky vanilla bean, marshmallow and coconut. Stronger oak than expected but it doesnít overwhelm with faint toothpick and burnt wood. Underneath, thereís a nice balance of subtle roast and sweeter, dessert-like lighter malts. Hints of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee bean and liquid smoke followed by luscious, fudge-y chocolate cake, caramel and toffee. As it warms, the apple brandy really stands out but meshes with the stout characteristics rather than overtaking them. Very nice.
Viscous full body with very light carbonation and a sweet apple brandy flavor that lingers over the other barrel notes and complex malt bill into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Based on appearance, I was expecting this beer to be pretty flat but the mouthfeel holds up. Lots of sweet apple brandy and spicy spirit but this beer contains little to no heat. This beer is dangerously drinkable and itís hard to believe that itís 10+%. Along with the sweet apple brandy, thereís some dry, toasted oak but itís not overly charred or dry. This is complimented by subtle vanilla and strong toasted coconut. The malt profile is slightly overpowered but underneath the barrel notes, there is a nice balance of roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, vinous fruit, licorice and sweet chocolate malt notes. Overall, this eer is a bit sweet and could use a little more balance but the flavors are really nice and itís dangerously drinkable considering itís strength.
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
c&c bottle #132-trade+thanks to Johnnnnieeeeee. Awesome. While this isnt right up my alley, I shared it with my Dad who likes simple darker beers and he enjoyed this gem too.
Minimal quickly disappearing tan head-jet black that sheets and leaves an oil slick. A-apple/boozy, dk malt-molasses/ashy/leather. T-follows, earthy with an apple trailer. A great sipper.
dnstone (2434) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep black in color with sudsy black head. Boozy chocolate brandy aroma. Sweet and smooth\; chocolatey booziness with rounded apple notes. Light carbonation. Really outstanding.
Notes: Denver Rare Beer Tasting í13
alexsdad06 (7759) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the group courtesy of Lukaduke. Pours dark brown to near black in color with a small tan head. The aroma and flavor have big caramel, molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, apple brandy barrel is definitely there, sweetness is pretty big, light roast, the body is a bit thin for the style, but still tasty,, not much carbonation, glad I got to try it.
Tmoney99 (12746) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee and vanilla wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Bottle 34/925. Pours a deep, beautiful opaque brown with a small dark tan head. The aroma really blasts, with notes of rich chocolate, vanilla, brandy, caramel, tons of dark and dried fruit - incredibly rich and decadent. The flavor has chocolate, roast, soy, dark fruits, brandy, charred oak, and toasted brown sugar. The body is a bit thin, with modest carbonation and a sweet, rich, smooth mouthfeel. But just too thin. Doesnít live up to the original promise of the nose and beautiful appearance, but the base beer has been aging for a long, long time, apparently. Maybe a bit shorter and this would be even better.
DrSilverworm (9467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Dark brown color, mostly clear. Thin khaki head, dots of lace. Good big apple brandy aroma in the nose. Dark chocolate, cocoa, some coffee. Medium body. Smooth, kind of chewy velvety texture. Light carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish. Light bit of tartness. Moderate sweet, light to moderate bitterness. Good dark chocolate in the flavor. Solid complex brandy barrel imperial stout. Good dark chocolate, coffee, and brandy flavors.
AirForceHops (5272) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
375 ml bottle shared by Phatdog1, awesome share, thanks! Bottle number 123 of 925. Massive oil slick when swirled around in the snifter. No head and pitch black. Aroma is pretty awesome, chocolate, oak barrel and brandy.
The flavor is off somehow. Funky oak, tobacco, dirty socks and and sharp copper penny note. What the hell went on here? The alcohol hasnít mellowed out at all either. We really were hoping this would develop, it didnít. Then realized the base stout was 2009. Yeah, it makes sense why we were tasting oxidation. Not a good thing.
Travlr (18684) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark maroon brown color, flat. Aroma of apple pie a la mode dipped in coffee and cocoa. taste is smooth rich coffee and burnt toffee, burnt butterscotch. Delicious.
BeerGolem (763) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Tom10101, thanks! Pours dark brown, almost black. Minimum beige head and no lacing. Aroma: Apple brandy, malt, hops. Taste is intense on the brandy. Too sweet and way too cloying. This one surely has great potential but in the end it comes out as a disapointment.