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.
RickTheRick (460) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imperial Stout? 13% d’alcool? Vraiment? En tout cas, rien n’y paraît lors de la dégustation. Noire et opaque offrant une bonne mousse persistante, la bière présente un bouquet lourd et sucré de sucre à la crème et de chocolat fondant avec une touche de noisettes. En bouche, la texture est sirupeuse et et encore plus chocolatée, avec une légère caresse épicée en provenance du seigle. Le vieillissement partiel en barriques de bourbon n’est pas vraiment présent, à ma grande surprise, mais c’est bien correct comme ça. Un véritable dessert liquide.
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de vanille avec une pointe de noix. Apparence: La couleur est noier opaque. Présence d’un mince col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat noire avec une pointe de vanille et de céréales grillées. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #5993)
daleharshman (933) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is w00tstout 1.0, purchased at the brewery at release in July 2013 ($8.95). Have had on draft a number of times, but this rating based on the almost 1.5-year-old bottle. Pours a thick dark brown but basically black hue with a half finger of quite dark brown cafe mocha colored head. AROMA of sweet-ish bourbon, campfire roasted marshmallow, smoky roasted malts, thick vanilla, and brown sugar. FLAVOR of nutty bourbon, mellow dark malts, dark toffee, some port-like characteristics (sticky candied plum), cocoa powder-dashed pecan, butterscotch, molasses, and some dark chocolate. Vaguely sweet and full bodied with a thick mouthfeel. Has nice bourbon characteristics even though only a quarter was barrel aged. Some burn near the finish, but otherwise the really big 13% is nicely toned down...perhaps the year-plus of aging helped there. Was a pleasure on draft, but I kinda prefer this aged bottle. (490, 931)
stevoj (2321) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage. Robust, sweet, sticky and warm. Black body with tiny skin of a beige head. Aroma is roast grain and nuts and enough alcohol to send the nose twitching. Taste comes on strong, with plenty of alcohol warmth. Best sipped, allowing it to warm, and the flavors to emerge.
Sarlacc83 (942) - Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Corvallis cellar sale.
A: Pure black body with a fluffy fading cappuccino head. Lacing.
N: Licorice, star anise, pecan, cocoa, coconut, coffee, char, and some vanilla. Toast and smoke. Peppercorn and rye. Hint of oak and maybe cola.
T: Very sweet and bigly bitter.
M: Very thick and even treacly. Alcohol is potent. Tingling carbonation.
O: Stone IRS with oomph. Flavorful and complex, but not over the top sweet.
rondphoto (2275) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black color, thin brown rim head, streaks and dots of lace. Aroma of nutty malt and bourbon. Taste is huge, thick, syrupy, dark fruit infused toffee malt that can’t possibly grow any bigger as it moves through the palate, turning slightly bitter in an alcohol warmed finish. So big, it can only be sipped, and I can only enjoy it in small doses. Impressive.
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle, from Summer of 2013. Very dark pour. Malty chocolate nose with faint Bourbon. Robust flavors, yet well blended. Malts, Bread, Berries, Bourbon, with some licorice in the background. Well blended with a chewy palate. Hot boozy finish. One big beer!
dinkle50 (1016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pout with a thin espresso head. Aroma is full of wood. Taste is fully of wood, slightly sour. Super full mouth. Taste has a little rubbing alcohol quality. Dark chocolate, roast and alcohol. Lace present. Bitter finish and hints of caramel.
BOSSbrewer (1972) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a bottle at Stone Liberty Station in San Diego thanks to a guy named Phil. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet caramel. Beautiful. Chocolate. Fairly sweet. Lots of dark chocolate. Really sweet but really aMazing.
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arnold931 (625) - Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with purple highlights. Nose and taste is a lot of chocolate and coffee. Good.