NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Matt. Thanks! Pours deep brown-black with a dark tan head. Nose is way better than I expected. Banana laffy taffy and rich chocolate/roast. Somehow this works. Light caramel, low phenols, mostly just fruity esters. On tasting, big roast to go with the fruitiness. Medium sweetness and drying finish. A big beer with some odd stuff going on but pretty interesting overall. I like this one for sure.
blankboy (5945) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle [660ml] shared with GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an average size semi-lasting beige head. Slightly sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee and light leafy hops. Flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Just hints of wood and vanilla in there. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap. pleasant imperial stout malt character. some dark chocolate. plum. fruity belgian yeast is a bit peculiar. touch of vanilla. bourbon is faint. decent.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-03-28. Very dark brown body with a small tan head. 3+ Dryish cocoa and chocolate, sweet dark malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, Ovaltine like dusty cocoa character. Sweet lingering finish, bit of vanilla, whispers if wood. Smooth average plus palate is softly carbonated and just a bit light for the beer overall. 3+ Enjoyable. Bottle shared by BlankBoy.
"Each of them was sort of the back door pilot."
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Aroma bananas laffey taffy. Flavors bananas, lactic, vanilla, maple, weird. Med bodied. Odd banana bomb!
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour opaque brown/black. Nose of roast, but also floral, cherry, and Belgian yeast. Tastes of bubblegum esters followed by chocolate, and roasted malt. Some tannin from the wood, followed by bitterness.
rubbishystuff (1795) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Jerry’s in Andersonville. A decent imperial stout but all the traditional flavors were to reserved. Kick all flavors up one notch but keep the nice smoothness. Serving: Tap
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours black with red highlights and a two finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a small cap.
Aroma is definitely that of a Belgian-style stout...roasted malts, coffee and chocolate paired with dark fruits and a strong yeast presence. The bourbon barrel impact is quite mild, mostly just picking up notes of the oak and not much more. Very good overall strength.
Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast. Nice to see the barrel come through more here, but still mild overall compared to other barrel-aged stouts. Somewhat sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good to sharp carbonation.
Pretty good, but I’d prefer their regular Imperial Stout, to be honest. Nice balance of Stout and Belgian characteristics, could have used more barrel influence.
TheHopster (784) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours black/brown with long-lasting tan head. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, malts and some floral notes. Flavors or roasted malt, Belgian yeast and some oak and alcohol. A good fireside beer.
rbrazell (1568) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market Square. Black pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted bread, fruity yeasts, ash, earth, roasted malts, oak and light chocolate. Fruity yeasts up front fading into bitter sweet chocolate, ash, oak, with some chalkiness coming in through the finish. Not bad.