ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
BierMeHoos (383) - Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 20 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Pours black, thin tan head.
Aroma: Heavy on dark fruit and alcohol, more than expected.
Taste: Cocoa, sweetness, booze and then fruit and berries.
Palate: Thin on feel and slightly carbonated.
Overall: A very good beer but not beyond amazing. 3.8 is about right.
nazbion (143) - TŁbingen, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours deep black with persistent thin beige head. Amazing aroma of cocoa, coconut, caramel. Taste is sweet chocolate, nuts and a light bitterness. Medium-full body, light carbonation. Alcohol warms but well inserted. Amazing brew.
thedm (5207) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a extremely small sized head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark black brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was dark malt. The mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong roasted malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of semi-sweet roasted malt mildly vinous toasted malt brown malt dark malt and hops. A wonderful best in class brew.
commonmac (726) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Happy Gnome because how often are you going to find this one in Mpls? Dark brown to black in color with a tannish head. Healthy half finger. Aroma is really nice...sweet caramel and chocolate. Maybe a hint of bourbon. Really does an effective job of readying the drinker for the consumption to come. Taste brings the alcohol punch to the table...definitely not shy. It?s got a good dark raisin quality with chocolate and subtle coffee characteristics. Nice sugaring mouthfeel ending with a bourbon like alcohol warmth. Little bit syrupy. This is not for the faint of heart but a very interesting beer. Rich and powerful. W00t W00t!!
rocbyter (1968) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet dark malt aroma with some nuttiness or coconut. Black color with a small brown head. Strong bitter beginning with a mild sweet finish. Creamy palate.
Jordtbrooks (18) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with tan/beige head. Aroma of coffee and fruit. Taste is of booze and roastiness.
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium beige head dark pour soft carbonation aromas chocolate vanilla fudge hops the flavours tangy biscuity fudge chocolate soy liquorice coffee espresso like medium bitter raisin currant syrup note a stickiness the finish best notes malt mix sweetness fruit notes okay Imperial stout but nothing special
Luvystypotables (1179) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A smokey sweet malt aroma with a hint of coffee, pours a really dark black with a short lasting tan head with good lacing. Taste of sweet malt with a hint of smoke full bodied oily feel with a short lasting malt finish.
Cybercat (4172) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Comes out of tap warm coffee-sable with a thick chocolate-milk head. Aroma has notes of bourbon, wood, coffee, molasses, well-roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate. Bold flavor has bourbon for the headliner and co-stars chocolate, roast malt, coffee, molasses and wood. It is rather sweet but not cloying. Viscous texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a sweet finish with bourbon, chocolate and roast malt in attendance. Another perfecta!
VertBaconStrips (2206) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ancient review hiding on my phone. apx late 2013/ early 2014. "Excellent! Bourbon, things, other things, thick, plum, weak spice, faint alc bite. Great finish." One of my finest reviews.