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 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.
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 (1498) - 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 (2317) - 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.
Stuu666 (1440) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black, liquorice, bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, salty pecan, sweet.
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. About 1.5 years old, aged. Heavy pour, very viscous, black with a tan head. Whisky is apparent in the taste and a bit in the aroma as well, which is rich and well-developed. Taste is also complex, with the bitter chocolate, and the toast getting the most attention. Well-d0ne!
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a khaki head. Nose is alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Chewy palate, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol finish.
Sandler (10) - - MAY 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is definitely a stout for people who like sweet stouts. Heavily pecan-scented and smooth -- almost too smooth, given the high alcohol content. Itís very easy to drink this beer too quickly, so be careful.
BrettTaylor (451) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle from cellar (2013 bottle). Pours a very dark black with minimal light brown head. Iím a bit stuffy right now so Iíll give aromas and flavors best I can - aromas of dark fruity esters, caramel, chocolate. You can really taste the bourbon barrel and get hints of vanilla, caramel, coffee, and at 13% alcohol it is surprisingly un-hot on the throat, but you can certainly feel it in your stomach. Carbonation level is very lively, with lots of small prickly bubbles on the palate and a very oily, thick, mouthfeel.
vlan1 (188) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with beige head. Nose is fruity nutty and roast coffee. Taste is roast nuts, coffee, light bourbon and sweet brown sugar. There is a bit of a sweet sticky aftertaste.
jayzz (293) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown color with a burnt caramel coffee aroma and a sweet fruit caramel fizz flavor.