mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3675-20110409] 341mL bottle. Rich date-like roasted malt aroma is heavy with darkly roasted fruit skins. Black body with a medium-lasting thick and foamy dark brown head. Initial roasted nut shells and figgy dates flavour follows up with intensely burnt toast grains and a long sweet aftertaste. Thick full body. Interesting to sample, fair balance but for the burnt notes; would try again. (6/4/7/4/13) 3.4~
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at jans ... dark deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate bourbon roast malt nose ... big bourbon front ... dark solid roast malts ... little coconut ... little soya ... little charcoal in linger ... to much bourbon
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-04-09. Black body with a large foamy brown head. Aroma of modest alcohol, rich dark malt and mild roast character, kiss of bourbon and vanilla. 7+ Boozy first sip, rich dark malt, barrel accents are blended well with the beer, hints of coffee like roast adds a dryness to it. Mild alcohol in the finish. Modest bitterness from both the hops and roast throughout balances the beer nicely. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. The time in the bottle may have helped but this is a great example of how to barrel age a beer without going over the top. Quite nice. 2009 Vintage Bottle
chibuck (3510) - 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 (2627) - 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 (5195) - 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 (3542) - 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 (1308) - 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 (4187) - 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.