Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to an IP trade with Patrick in Montreal for this one! Drank at home in Mar ’12.
Poured from a 341ml bottle into a goblet to a rich black colour with a dirty brown speckled frothy head (which is a good thing!)
On the nose dark roasted and chocolate malts, wood, a faint dose of vanilla along with a pinch of bourbon, just the right amount, not overpowering.
In terms of taste I get the dark roasted malts immediately and also hints of coffee along with the chocolate flavour, the former which I didn’t really get on the nose! Some woodiness in the taste and overall very well balanced with you knowing all about the bourbon but it not getting in the way! A bitter/roasty/dryish finish turning slightly sweet as you digest - which was excellent!
Full bodied on the mouth with a rich drinkable finish for a 9% beer and minimal carbonation.
Overall - an excellent imperial stout and the bourbon flavouring was just right!
Whatup14 (1414) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 341ml. 2011. Couleur noire opaque, mousse couleur lait au chocolat très dense, laissant une belle dentelle. Arômes de lait au chocolat, de café, de feu de bois et de bourbon léger.
Goût de lait au chocolat, fumée, bourbon avec une belle amertume en fin de bouche ainsi que d’une touche d’alcool. Texture crémeuse, riche avec une faible carbonation.
Une bière assez lourde, mais aussitôt qu’on la verse, on a envie d’y goûter.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark brown in colour with a large lingering tan coloured head, excellent lacing. Aroma is quite sweet, some roast, burnt malts, marshmallow, light vanilla. Flavour falls off a lot from the aroma if you ask me, a very thin and watery imperial with lots of noticeable alcohol. Alcoholic mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes thin, burnt with some bitterness.
A very thin, watery stout that lacks a sense of direction. I’ll stick the the regular oatmeal stout thanks. That said, being so far against the grain a re-rete is in order.
341ml bottle purchased at La Trappe a Fromage in Gatineau, Quebec.
Opened on April 22, 2010.
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as a trade bonus from pushkinwow, thanks! Thick pitch black pour, creamy dense brown head, like chocolate mouse. Nice looking beer. Bitter dark chocolate, heavily roasted malt, earthy, dark fruit, raisin, barrel character, light bourbon, dry cocoa, and some bittering hops still come through. Really nice, glad to try it.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle via a trade. Pours with a twist off bottle with a high fill line. Pours with a pretty inky black hued body with a massive dark brown head. Great retention. Completely opaque. Great lace. Aromas are of leather, dark fruits, medium roast licorice, barrel, vanilla and currants. Tons of esters and highly darkened roast. Some caramelized character (barrel vanillin and some melanoidin/malt character). Lightly grassy hop character that doesn’t contribute much. Lots of chocolate, roast, medium barrel, coffee, and light vanillin with licorice and raisin. Flavors are medium to low bitter, lots of leather and nutty notes with a touch of smoke. Barrel character is pretty low, but this is still a solid base. Heavy roast and smoke levels are a touch high for my tastes, but that is splitting hairs. Fuller bakers/dark chocolate character, medium coffee, unfermented merlot grapes and currants. Ash and tobacco. Medium brown sugar with low barrel vanillin.
Big, thick and velvety mouthfeel, elegantly low carbonation. Not excessively weighted on the mouth, but nice and soft, with a bit of mouth coating. Overall a very well made beer. For my taste it could use a touch more barrel nuances, but it is still very tasty.
Gramoit (388) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another brilliant beer by McAuslan Brewing. Pours black with thin tanned head. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a slight hint of alcohol on the nose. Taste is sublime and fairly complex with plenty of coffee, slight hint of vanilla and an excellent chocolate finish. So happy to get my hands on this and certainly was not a disappointment.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Savvy1982. Beautiful black, viscous pour with a dark, chocolate head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma has coffee, smoke, dark chocolate, dark berry. Taste is sweet with some roast and hop bitterness. Full bodied and oily. Finish is a bit harsh with fusel alcohol. I suspect this is one that would age wonderfully.
BeerGolem (769) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2011) 341 ml. Pours black with creamy caramel brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is truly amazing! Bourbon, alcohol, smoke, coffee, vanilla, malt. Didn’t get the hops, but doesn’t really matters. Taste is awesome too, but it is just a little too much on alcohol (although, too be fair, it is a 10.2% beer). Full bodied beer. One of the best beer I have drunk so far. Life is great!
adnielsen (10424) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Glouglouburp I believe. Deep brown/black appearance with a brown head. Somewhat peaty/smoky, dark chocolate, somewhat woody, vanilla, light coffee aroma. Tangy, a bit fruity, rich warming bourbon, a little smoky (though not as much as the nose), rich vanilla, nice coffee, somewhat herbal flavor with a fairly warming, boozy finish. Pretty tasty smoky/bourbon flavor.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Aaron! Dark black pour with creamy tan head, aroma has notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, hints of chocolate, dark fruits, nice coffee as well in there. Taste is a nice mix of bourbon, ash, coffee, roast, some earthy roasted notes, touch of dark fruits, finishing very ashy and bitter.