ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a supremely dark brown color, one thatís very opaque. Very little head here, just a thin tan-colored film, and even that retains poorly. On the other hand, this has visible alcohol legs.
S: This has a lot of boozy dark fruits, along with perhaps a twinge of nuttiness and a twinge of chocolate. Thereís also a twinge of bourbon - not actual oaky character, though. An acceptable nose...but man, I was expecting something that was total batshit insanity with a side of bourbon-soaked pecans. And itís just not; itís really just...boozy. Inhaling directly from the bottle yields more pecan notes, though.
T: The opening flavors are very chocolaty - always a good thing in imperial stouts. Bourbon very briefly pops up in the middle, before turning into a spicy, boozy finish. Some pecan flavors also pop up on the back end, becoming gradually bolder as more is imbibed; the strong nutty character is very redolent of Arrogant Bastard to an extent. The booze bite on the back end is more fruity than fusely. Itís about as alcoholic as I expect a 13% stout to be, no more, no less, and becomes less of an issue as this warms up. Actually, my chief complaint about this brew isnít the alcohol presence (that gradually calms down), itís the lack of complexity. There really isnít much to this beyond booze, chocolate, and pecan. Even worse, there really isnít a lot of harmony or balance between those flavors. But itís endearing. Endearing, much in the same way that íMerica is endearing.
Gawd bless íMerica.
M: It feels a bit light (Iíd call it medium-bodied if it werenít 13%) and airy, along with a touch of rye-derived coarseness. There isnít much of a substantial feeling on the palate - itís almost like it was designed to be surprisingly drinkable for such a big stout. And honestly? It is. At a higher temperature, the boozy notes become obscured, making this even easier to sip.
O: Itís not often I get a brew where the flavor profile is MUCH better than the aroma (without the aforementioned nose being out-and-out horrid and/or not to my liking), but this is exactly that. I wouldnít call it top-caliber - it doesnít have supreme depth, or even a good balance for that matter. Still, it has a definite charm that makes it much better than the average imperial stout. And hey, itís far more likeable than Wesley Crusher ever was.
WillRunForBeer (2194) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, pecan, bourbon. Nice. Flavor is dark chocolate, pecan, mild bourbon.
Prufrockstar (1897) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Andy. 2.0. Dark wooty pour. Brown head, okay retention. Aroma: roasted nuts and chocolate. Caramel and alcohol. Coconut. Sweet, rich, a little oxidation. Full body, slick syrupy texture. Overall: fun intense w00tbrew.
Chalumeaux (1008) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle dated 6/13/15 dark black pour with a nice cocoa head and nice lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate coffee vanilla and hint of alcohol. Taste is smooth and creamy chocolate coffe vanilla and notes of bourbon. Wow nice beer.
altonbrownd (5413) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle in Portland, OR. Nose is chocolate, caramel and sweet anice. Taste is dark fruits, anice, caramel and malts. Really nice and creamy. Sweet, plummy finish with creamy texture. Good stuff. Absurdly high ABV well-hidden.
milewide (2009) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The basic concept of aroma, taste and body was excellent. But I donít want or need 13% ABV to enjoy a brew! Rather have two 6% brews than this!
saltyseadog (33) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Windsor Hy-Vee, 2016 vintage, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon and candied fruit. Pours oily black with two fingers of pillowy brown head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Surprisingly little carbonation after the pour. Strong flavors of caramel, molasses and maybe even burnt sugar right up front, persisting throughout as notes of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate come and go intermittently in interesting and variable combinations with each sip. Medium-to-full bodied, itís drinkable enough but the syrupy qualities that can make a beer oppressively heavy are recognizable. A little more CO≤ or even a shot of nitro would only improve the balance and depth of the brew. Lightly mouth-coating and sweet. Not astringent. Not a bad stout by any measure! But at the same time, not the ideal flavor profile for me. Bourbon, molasses and caramel really dominate here, and if pecan praline takes you back to your southern upbringing, itís here in spades. Personally, Iíd rather have another glass of that fantastic 20th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate that Stone was bottling last year. A toast to many more fine stouts from Stone!
Nickls (2336) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Not much of a head, nearly black dense body. Cocoa powder, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit, and malted milk aromas. Flavor is more bitter with dark chocolate, touch boozy and bourbon, some vanilla, dark fruit and residual sugars. Thicker viscous body and warming.
Mark_Eck (1746) - - JUL 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016 bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, pecans, chocolate, and a little bourbon.
mysticbrew (112) - - JUL 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016 - a bit young & boozie, but quite nice.
Pours a black opaque with a tar colored head that has a fair retention; although, lacings hang on the glass throughout the pour. The nose is roast & chocolate with a subtlety of bourbon. There is a hint of sourness, but it could be my nose at the moment. The flavor is full and rich with roast, chocolate and I can faintly make out the pea cans ..... the wheat certainly adds some nice body and gives it a clean roasted flavor. I'd like to delve a couple of these to see how they age ....
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matthewjk (1051) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The dummies will like it, but it is not well balanced. This thing is an oily mess; an oil slick. I want to like it, but I canít do it. I donít even know why it is unappealing, but it is. 220z bottle