jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 341ml bottle into my Rodenbach tulip. Huge thanks to Freud for this rare bad boy...Black pour with a super thick and frothy tan head. Looks like a nitro poured tap, great retention and lacing...An awesomely complex and alluring aroma, sweet yet bitter with a tin hint of smoke. Malty to start, tons of sweet chocolate, very creamy, vanilla, and a really smooth bourbon. Smoke bite in the middle and hops on the finish, make it even better...As great as the aroma was, if it translated equally sweet on the taste it would be too much, thankfully it doesn’t. The taste is a great roasted coffee that is so easy to drink. The mouthfeel is tannic, full, viscous. The finish is pretty hoppy bitterness that breaks up the coffee in the right amount. As the beer warms too much bourbon starts to creep on the finish, not terrible just distracting.
McAuslan nails another one. This is a must try if you can get it.
pushkinwow (1575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2009. Pours a nice thick dark black with a small tan head, settling down to nice creamy lacing. Aroma of malt, bourbon, hops have calmed down on the nose, and molasses. Tastes fairly bitter, was hoping it would have gotten a little smoother sitting for a year but still tasty. Medium bodies with a biter finish that lasts for a while.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Degarth for the share. Pours a thick black with a small tan head. Nose is roast, some coffee, some dark chocolate, booze, and some earth and smoke. Flavor is similar with hardly any hints of barrel. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but the flavor finishes with smoke and booze.
SP (36) - - MAR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 341 mL -2010- Noirceur ttotale avec une belle grosse mousse moka. Belle texture avec un bon goût de café. Le goût d’alcool me dérangeait quelque peu. Somme toute, une très bonne bière à regoûter.
hawthorne00 (2096) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 2010 bottle, 13C. Viscous pour. Black with a large tan head that fades to a fat coat. Aroma of sweet coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, bubblegum (I guess that’s the bourbon). Taste has bitter roasted malt, sweet caramel, coffee, wood. Taste is bolder and harsher than suggested by the nose - quite charred. Sweetness and bourbon flavours become more prominent as it warms - starting at 15C would have been better. Finish is long with bitter chocolate. Citrus hop flavours poke out at the end too. Pretty good, but not a patch on their Oatmeal Stout. [3.8]
2012 Bottle, 15C. Much as before - lots going for it, but harsh roastiness and over-prominent bourbon. Really nice chocolate. Needs a fair bit more time?
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle , got in trade with Sammy
head: thick, creamy, dark brown , large head
smell: vanilla, praliné, chocolat, malts, alcohol, ashes, kind of a strong red wine, fruity, sweet, bit bitter
taste: start is coffee, ashes, roasty, alcohol, bitter palate , burned malts, bit of a thin body as to what i expected, oily/dry texture, licqoury end , aftertaste is earthy and chocolats , ice one !
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared by largadeer - thanks Chris! Pours a very dark brown color and silky smooth with a large lasting tan head and great lacing. Very subtle aroma but a very nice. Lots of anise along with roast and very slight barrel notes. The flavor is excellent, more intense than the aroma, with again considerable anise and soft roastiness. Smooth dark chocolate, burnt caramel, and molasses. Silky smooth on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and a long smooth finish. A damn good subtle imperial stout. Really impressive.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Shawn for sharing... Pours a solid deep stouty black pour with barely lighter reddish hues with a thin tan quickly dissipating tan head... Aroma is roasty with a mild degree of soap, somewhat oily with some decent wood presence.. Solid and assertive overall... Flavors are roasty, mild degree of smoky woodiness, chocolate and fudge with a dark fruit twang and char bitterness in the finish. Smooth body. Really nice robust and assetive flavors.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from secret santa. Thanks a ton! Tangy dark fruits, rich molasses and dark chocolate. Light plum and rum cake notes. Taste is nice smooth molasses and bourbon. Touch of wood. Nice body. Bourbon well integrated. High cocoa dark chocolate and molasses with a nice bourbon kiss. Char. Great. Liked a lot.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours thick and black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aroma has both cocoa powder and dark chocolate notes as well as hints of vanilla, coffee and smoke. Flavour has the same chocolatey characteristics as the aroma but more prominent coffee, vanilla and liquorice as well as the hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Great Imperial Stout overall, the bourbon wood ageing adds to the brew nicely without being overbearing.