GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a chocolate head. Aroma is soy sauce, chocolate, dark fruits, plum. Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, lightly roasty finish. Taste is chocolate, soy sauce, dark fruits.
Ferris (8949) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2910 - Cocoa and light barrel notes. Jet black with a brown head. Dark molasses and a nice soft barrel sweetness. Nice and well rounded.
Stuu666 (7820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, smooth, rich, chocolate. Strong alcohol finish.
Leighton (15331) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the chriso Snow Tasting in London - thanks to Jan. Pours dark, brown-black with a creamy, beige head. The nose holds some alcohol and iodine, dark malts, roast. Big sweet flavor with dark sugars, prominent alcohol/barrel character, understated roast. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with more dark malts, dark chocolate, wood. Decent if a bit heavy handed.
Camons (8407) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a brown head, light lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, mild whisky notes, wood. Flavor is malty, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, wood, whisky. Full body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 110614
Rasmus40 (14825) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit and wood. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 110614
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 10.5%. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla and oak. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood, oak, sweet, hop, little liquorice, notes of whisky and a little bitter.
saxo (15410) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, wood, whisky, vanilla, fruits and hops.
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle
Pulling this out of the cellar was a nice break. The base beer might not have been all that interesting but throwing it into High West barrels was a nice way to at least make it an average BA imperial stout. If you have one left I would drink it sooner rather than later; it feels like it is beginning to slip.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base bubbles with a cream deep head for company. Clingy legs add a nice touch. Plums, raspberries, dark chocolate, and sticky malt are on par with other releases but the barrel aging does not really stand out much.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, espresso, rich truffle, and velvet are a welcome texture that warms the palate. The polished mouthfeel is a trace on the sweet side with a touch of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. A boozy warm finish brings to a close a well rounded release. While the High West whiskey barrels do not seem to do much they did possibly mellow out the heat. Overall this was a nice release though one I would not seek out again.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Poured inky black with a rich brown head. The aroma picked up sweet whiskey, burnt cocoa, and just a touch of hazelnut.. coconut and lightly-smoked malts plus peppery warmth on the back of the nose.. very nice. The flavor found burnt black and cocoa malts at the core, with vanilla, coconut, and sweet and peppery bourbon laced throughout.. spicy and roasty on the back end and through the finish along with a nice kiss of bourbon. Heavy-bodied and roasty on the palate with quite a bit of cocoa/coffee bitterness.. warm, but never overly so.. this was great stuff!