beastmaster (367) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma sweet. Beautiful pour black with tan head. Body of a barleywine, tastes like Beverly crushers snatch. I know, I’m sharing a bottle with Patrick Stewart. finish it’s giving me chocolate notes that weren’t there at the beginning. And the rye that came through earlier is beginning to wane.
koleminer20 (924) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. This one dons the cartoon character label. The pour is a dark dark brown/light black pour with a minimal head that retreats to a nice khaki colored ring of head with no lace. The aroma is a bit of whiskey. There is a nice dark fruit and roasted malt presence, but then it all gets overtaken by a heavy whiskey presence. The flavor is incredibly heavy on whiskey. Jesus Christ. Once you can get through that bomb there is a ton of roasted malts and dark licorice. There is a hefty roast, but a good portion of that is concealed by the booziness. The mouth feel is a bit light with a good carbonation to help balance it. The aftertaste is lingeringly boozy with a solid malt and dark fruit backbone. Not too bad, but really hot.
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ebone1988 (323) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is nice, bourbon barrel, nice roasted malt, sweet, like a Bourbon County. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, like black licorice hard candy, bitter and nice, a touch of booze. Mouthfeel is boozy, but thick with good carbonation. Overall, I like it a bit.
superspak (3218) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, vanilla, raisin, prune, date, bourbon, oak, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, pecans, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, vanilla, raisin, prune, date, bourbon, oak, light char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Fair amount of roast/char bitterness and oaky spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecans, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
PartyFowle (455) - - MAY 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, first release. Thick black -- no light coming through this guy. One finger of dense, sticky sandy tan head grips the walls in full sheets. Something tangy in the nose, like apricots mixed with chocolate. A little vanilla, a weird splash of unripe banana. Splash of oak, too. Unripe banana is all over the flavor. Very weird. Lots of Maple, rough oak, a splash of pecan, a bunch of alcohol too. A little hot.Thick, medium-full body with mild, massaging carbonation and a lot of alcohol numbness. This one will be much better after a year or two-- there’s too much alcohol flavor at this point.
raoul_duke (147) - - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at bar Buena. Caramel foamy head which sticks around. Extremely dark brown to black. Malt nose with some chocolate. Very alcoholic flavor. Some coffee flavor I guess. Thinner than you’d expect. All in all a bit disappointing but still above average.
GothGargoyle (1598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a chocolate head. Aroma is raisins, dates, chocolate, caramel, hint of anise. Full bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate. Taste is raisins, pecans, dates, anise.
BrewHaMeister (228) - - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle poured thick black with a tan lingering head and quickly dissipating head. Aromas of chocolate, woodiness, caramel and roasty malt. Flavor is mild bitter. Yum.
alobar (3019) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cola brown color with a creamy tan head with exceptional lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and roast. Creamy body with roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, wood, and a slight bourbon hit at the back end. Just exceptional. 2013 bottle.
Dr_Fellini (770) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. About a year old. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with a light nutty toastiness, somewhat burnt bitter. Flavor brings out a bit more of the burnt roasted nutty malts. No noticeable bourbon quality, but could be that its aged a bit too long. Roast nutty slight burnt malts in the finish. I liked it, but it was probably too late in the night after a solid tasting.
snoworsummer (3030) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours very dark brown with a thick, creamy bubbly tan head. Tastes like sweet syrup, woody, chocolate, boozy, light ash. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like booze, woody, sweet chocolate syrup, and lightly burnt malt.