beernbourbon (1213) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Shawn at Dark Lord Day, thank you dude! Pour is predictably black with very little head. Looks less viscous than some other Imperial Stouts, but thatís to be expected at almost 20%. Aroma is amazing roasted malt, tons of molasses, light fruit, light vanilla, light oak, and a silky smoothness that gives it a very balanced aroma. also some booze. Flavor is awesome: lots of roasted malt, lots of fruit, deep caramel and molasses, and light brown sugar. Certainly hides its alcohol well. This was my favorite beer at DLD this year; so good.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 A-pours a jet black liquid with a dark tan colored dense head.
S-the nose is not as boozy as I feared. lots of roasted malts up front, peanut butter, dark chocolate and vanilla. bourbon takes hold behind, hints of acetone.
T-again does pretty well on the flavor in compared to the alcohol content. tons of roasted malts up front, dark chocolate and lots of vanilla. notes of bourbon in the middle with some nice sweetness in the back. the acetone is quite light and it is hot but not much especially for the alcohol.
M-as expected, huge, thick, chewy. great carbonation level to hold body but still fall down the throat.
D-this is huge as expected but no where near the boozy mess I thought it was going to be. the alcohol is there, much more so in the nose. the balance of roasted malts and sweetness is done well and the bourbon notes are present; but a complete lack of any oak and a little hot in the back.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
DLD 2k10. Pours to a viscous black body with a nice tan head. The aroma is deep black malts, chocolate, and sweet milk chocolate. The flavor is really nice chocolate and deep roasted black malts. More sweetness than bitter. This beer is really smooth for 19%. I am really impressed with this beer.
DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sample thanks to skinnyguy (thanks for this unexpected treat)! Dark black pour, no carbonation and a rich subtle bourbon/dark chocolate aroma. Flavor was also extremely rich, lots of velvety heavy malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and finished very slick/mellow on the finish. I really enjoyed this, and am looking forward to sharing my own bottle (thanks to Stfun!!!) with some other beer nerds here in Mpls. If you like big sweet imperial stouts, this is for you. If not, donít bother looking for it.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour @ NOTB í10. Black pour with tan head. Huge chocolate, dark fruits, oak, toffee, vanilla , caramel, maple, and roasty malt notes, definitely some warming but not as much as you expect for 20%, sweetness hides a good bit of it. Huge flavors, nice "beer?"
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Tuesday - 750ml bottle. Big thanks to Shawn for a few ounces of this beaut... Pours a low to medium bodied
dark caramel black pour with a very thin soapy light tan head... Aroma
of bourbon, molasses, and chocolate malt... Flavors are extremely
sweet yet boozy with licorice, bourbon, and vanilla. Sweet with port and goes well with a smooth silky, mostly full mouthfeel. Def need to try this again in a more relaxed environment to relish in the experience. Count me a fan.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 750 ml bottle shared by shawnm213 at Dark Lord Day 2010- wow, thanks, Shawn! I canít thank you enough for giving me some of this. Apparently hophead22 hooked him up with this, so thanks indirectly to Tim. The aroma bursts out of the glass with bourbon, vanilla, sherry, chocolate, oak, roasted malts, and some dark fruits, like prunes and dates. Just an incredible flavor, with an awesome boozy bourbon and sherry character that is so smooth, along with notes of chocolate, vanilla, dates, prunes, caramel malts, toasted brown sugar, and some nuts. Full-bodied, smooth, and warming, with low carbonation. Boozy, sweet, roasty, toasty- this one has everything, but not too much of anything. The 19.5% ABV isnít overwhelming in any way. I only had a couple ounces, but I let a couple sips rest in my mouth for a while. I almost didnít want to like this as much as I did because of the hype surrounding it, but sweet mother of all that is holy, this thing is amazing. Re-Rate: Had a few more times, pretty damn sweet, still awesome.
SudsMcDuff (5330) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the pleasure of trying this at the Houston BA Black Sunday tasting, yes, Black Tuesday on Black Sunday.. thanks Greg! .. .
Pours out a thick death dark black, great legs for a beer! .. .
Smells like a refined samual adams triple bock but cleaner, more chocolate also some light boozy notes .. .
dark vanilla, chocolate, espresso, molasses, and evil caramel! flavours .. .
This stuff is fuckin killer! A party in my mouth and fuck if youíre invited, i want it all for myself! .. . another amazing Bruery product! .. .
Heck! Iím curious like a cat. I have a couple of friends that call me whiskers..
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ DLD 10. Pours pretty flat and lack luster in appearance/color. Flavors of strong soy, seemingly oat, straight molasses, less barrel but has ridiculous oxidation going on for this point. I love these type of beers, cigar sippers.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Shawn, many thanks and STOUTIE RATING #1000
Basically midnight black with a small head and oily film. The aroma has notes of molasses, tar, charred wood, chocolate, vanilla, marizpan, bready and a bit old school oxidation. The taste starts sweet and chewy with a warming boozy tone. Brown sugar, walnut, chocolate, fig, raisin, and woody undertones. The mouth feel is oily and heavy with a surprising chalky tone upon the finish. This is very good and not as sweet as I feared. Yeah me.