Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with dark, tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of caramel, smoke, oak. Taste is oak, roasted malts, sweetness, slightly bitter, coffee. Good carbonation, dry finish. Very good balance, nice oily mouthfeel. Robust as hell. Warming alchool. Oak very present, not easily drinkable.
weihenweizen (2156) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated bottle set out on the counter for a while. Pours coal black with finger and half of substantial light brown head. Little lacing, medium body, and roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, some bourbon, hint of oak, hint of vanilla and finishes nice bitter slight dry hops. This is similar to KBS, a little harder to drink, and not quite as good.
thb (748) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours, well, black. Dark brown head. Lovely. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, something smoky. Very enjoyable. I did feel the oak was a little overpowering though - went beyond complementing the beer to being the feature presentation...
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. The aroma is rich and malty. Strong notes of chocolate and wood. The flavour is amazingI get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, the flavour of the barrel comes is strong and oaky with a hint of bourbon. The hops are all in the late palate and linger long after tasting the beer. It is rich thick and creamy on the mouth. I have no complaints about this stout. Its Perfect.!
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle. Pours dark black/brown with a frothy caramel brown head with good lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla. subtle roastiness, smooth with minimal bitterness for the style. Palate is thick and sticky. fantastic!
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Gorgeous oily black pour, with a head that takes its time to form, and once established, sits like a brown mattress. Aroma is robust, promising a dense brew: chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, coffee, hints of barrel, nuances of broth. Face-punching flavour density, milk chocolate in the front, bitter baker’s chocolate in the finish, with elements of molasses, stewed cherries, creme brulee, french roast coffee, soy sauce, brown bread, and hints of barrel traits. Finish is very bitter and dry. This was a beautifully nuanced imperial stout, with subtle use of barrel aging. I’ve had quite a few impys over the past 6 months, and this one surprised me in a good way. Maybe it was my mood, but this seemed to stand out for some reason. I’ll be buying more of this if I can get it.
solidfunk (5169) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of rich roasted malts and a lick of alcohol, a bit of sweetness. Tastes of bitter chocolate, espresso and I even not a little bit of raison or blackberry lurking around. Strong body, dark mocha head. Had a 330ml bottle of this.
thorongil2 (1617) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) very dark brown with small brown head; aromas of lychees, bublegum, jam; intense flavour, oily palate, very good
ncube (91) - - JAN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark and velvety with thin but fine bubbled head. Aroma has nuts, vanilla, chocolate, wood. Taste moves from malty sweetness, to chocolate, to coffee, to vanilla, smoky woodiness. There’s a red fruit theme throughout as well. The bourbon really shows itself at the end with especially when the alcohol heat kicks in, but it doesn’t taste like 9.2%. Starting to get bitter about halfway through and gets increasingly bitter till the end, leaving a strong lasting vaguely citrus bitterness. This is the only time I really perceive any hops.
It’s great, but would definitely benefit from a rounding off of bitterness that a year or more in the bottle should provide.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a large creamy tan head -- looks great. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, light bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a good amount of herbal hops. Flavour: Whoa, that’s boozy! Still tasty though, with roasted malt, lightly burnt coffee, bourbon, chocolate and lots of alcohol. Medium bodied. Very good