ThisWangsChung (747) - 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 that’s 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. There’s 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 it’s just not; it’s 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. It’s 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 isn’t the alcohol presence (that gradually calms down), it’s the lack of complexity. There really isn’t much to this beyond booze, chocolate, and pecan. Even worse, there really isn’t a lot of harmony or balance between those flavors. But it’s endearing. Endearing, much in the same way that ’Merica is endearing.
Gawd bless ’Merica.
M: It feels a bit light (I’d call it medium-bodied if it weren’t 13%) and airy, along with a touch of rye-derived coarseness. There isn’t much of a substantial feeling on the palate - it’s 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: It’s 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 wouldn’t call it top-caliber - it doesn’t 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, it’s far more likeable than Wesley Crusher ever was.
BoostIPA (1214) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
W00t Stout 2.0 thanks to phaleslu. Thanks, bro! Bomber. Pours a very thick black with a small dark brown head. Aromas of chocolate milk mixed with gasoline. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter and hot. Flavors of chocolate, booze, anise, heavily roasted malt. Perhaps a touch of smoke. Nutty, full bodied, black twizzlers. Very noticeable alcohol where prairie bomb had very little. This beer is decent but not great. Gets you buzzed QUICK though if you chug the entire bottle in under 2 minutes like I did. Grate. Fine.
Defreni (2580) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fad: Taster på STone brewpub: Sortbrun klar øl. Duften er nøddeagtig, men det er smagen der virkelig trækker op. Alkobid på en sød nøddeagtig måde der tydeligvis er stout. Super lækker øl.
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. fuller bodied black pour. dark tan head. Heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, lighter bourbon notes. agressive & boozy.
whoisghost (32) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with creamy off white head, lacing for days. Light citrus scent but dominated by oak and bourbon. Tastes of dark chocolate and vanilla - nutty with a slight bitter at the end. Creamy on the palate, nice and dense - good carbonation.
unclemattie (4135) - Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Black pour, viscous very. Dark brown creamy head. Nutty, dark cacao, toasted burnt grain, bourbon oak, some fusel. Very heavy, thick bodied. Perhaps the thickest beer I’ve ever had. Better as it warms. Notes of unsweetened cocoa, dark fruits, charred oak. ABV well hidden, huge flavor, it’s a big one. Finishes with heavy pumpernickle bread character. It’s a sipper! (4131)
RedSox2004 (1214) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black witha two-finger foamy head and very nice lace. Aromas of creamy milk chocolate, nuts, coffee, faint vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon. Roasted grain and malt up front, accompanied by wood, vanilla, dark fruit and whiskey. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, Creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a warming alcohol in the finish.
Dr_MedievAle (159) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 version on tap at Blackstone in Iowa City, IA. Aroma: soy and vanilla and charred pecan. Appearance: soy sauce. Creamy mocha head. Decent retention. Taste: soy, vanilla, cola flavors give way to slightly spicy alcohol notes, sweet caramel sauce. Good alcohol masking, though. Palate: soy sauce...slick. slightly refreshing.
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a dark khaki head with great legs on the glass. Aroma is toasted pecan sweetness, anise, roasted malt, chocolate liquor, and roast. Taste follows with a bit of heat from the booze. Tasty stuff.
hockeybeerguy (1679) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter.
The appearance was a nice looking black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a good minute before leaving some nice looking foamy lacing trying to stick to the sides of the glass.
The smell had a wheaty/grainy like aroma over top of a light vanilla/chocolate coating some nuts here and there.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined to enrich a nice subtle sweet nutty flavoring encapsulating my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be fairly smooth and velvety as just seemed to round out all of the flavors.
Overall, wow, what a nice mesmerizing beer well worth my time and money.
adrian910ss (2331) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a black cola with a medium light brown head. Aroma of biscotti, bitter chocolate, pecans and bourbon. Taste of biscotti, pecans, bitter chocolate, bourbon, rye and dark malt. Clears the sinuses.