jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jerryís. Black with big, foamy, cappuccino brown head / Mild, medicinal nose of toast, coffee, and cocoa / Medium to full body, a touch thin, some chewiness, acidic, very hoppy to point of astringency, with bitter finish / Flavors of burnt coffee, grass, bittersweet chocolate, banana, and prune / Lacks the fruit and body expected of an imperial. More of the character of a regular stout; however, as mentioned, the dryness is a little out of balance.
Dorwart (2466) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent head of varying sized and sloppy bubbles. Roasted grains, grapes, sweet malts and some licorice and molasses. Color is a very dark brown. Lively in the mouth. Complex flavor with some smoke, roasted grains, vanilla, light butterscotch, raisins and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is pretty smooth and the abundant flavors present minimize the roastyness in the brew which is a good thing. Minor dryness and a hint of tartness at the finish. I am really enjoying this brew. Another very good beer from Smuttynose.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks M, anniversary beer to share. Dark black in my cab glass, aroma has spice notes reminiscent of a Belgian Dubbel, along with a roasted dryness and cappucino foam. First sip is burnt coffee beans, light smoke, and bitterness at the finish, with some sweetness and heat from the barrel aging. Dryness predominates though, with the smoke even more prevalent as this warms. Body is thinner than it should be for tbe style. Not bad, but quite a number of flavors going on, somewhat conflicting with each other.
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a frothy, tan head. Smells like dark roast malts, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes dry with medium sweetness and finishes with a roasty bitterness. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, barrel, and a bit of bourbon. Not bad.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber. Bready, floral aroma. Muddy brown appearance and an off-white head. Herbs, yeast, mild earthiness, and a small layer of vanilla in the taste. Very drinkable and undetectable abv. Ho-hum flavor delivery. Medium-to-light body, a bit watery and medium carbonation. Overall, I was intrigued by the idea of a Belgian-style imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels(!), three style components that Iíd hoped would explode when combined, like differently flavored neutrinos freakishly colliding in an ominously glowing nuclear reactor, but alas the outcome was less dynamic than the sum of its parts. Itís pretty much, just, well, eh, ok.
kramer (5505) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice creamy tight bubbled light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is quite good and complex, the roasty and burnt malts mingle nicely with the fruitiness from the yeast while the bourbon barrel character stays nicely in the background. Thereís a little light wood and vanilla if you try, but itís clearly dominated by the yeast. The flavor is on the sweeter side yet itís not terribly sweet, the roast and burnt caramel start things off, followed by the fruitiness from the yeast. The finish is a combo of alcohol heat and light bourbon mixed with vanilla. I think itís a bit on the thin side for me, this could use a little more body and thick chewiness to help temper the alcohol a bit. Not bad overall, but it doesnít quite match up to Allagash Black.
Scipio (761) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very deep brown, almost black, with a full, foamy tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, along with chocolate, bubblegum, and licorice. The taste has a good deal of caramel in there. Chocolate is still quite pronounced, but it isnít as roasty as was my first impression. I get a little bit of a grape flavor underneath it all, which comes out much more at the end. The body is medium, while it has a full texture. The aftertaste is chocolate and grapes. This isnít all that bad, but I do find this a little dull. I expected more from this.
Braudog (6067) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The aroma is sweet and malty, almost malt-ball-ish. It drinks with a bit of a sweet kiss, Iím afraid I donít get any bourbon aging at all. But itís still an enjoyable quaff for a cold winter day ... rich and toasty, and carrying a definite kick. (#4945, 2/13/2013)
fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a 2 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, sharp licorice/anise, sweet bread spices, roast, burnt sugar, vanilla, earth and woody notes. The flavor is interesting, it starts off pretty normal, with some roast, coffee, caramel, hints of smoke, light woody and vanilla notes, and white bread toast, then a second wave of flavor hits with licorice, coconut and mint, as it moves more toward the back of my mouth. It finishes with earth, chocolate,roast, dark fruit banana bread and that coconut, licorice and mint lingering on. Medium body, slightly creamy entry that immediately dries to a pretty dry finish. Pretty enjoyable overall, it really has some interesting flavors going on, though not necessarily 100% good.
BVery (8686) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brew Kettle. Very dark pour with a small white head. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate - very good!