Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle or the 2011 vintage. Thick black pour with lots of tan head. The smell is amazingly rich of chocolate, creamy bourbon, vanilla, roast, sweet, bit boozy and some coffee. Taste is velvety smooth of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some graham cracker, some dark frutis. Complex. I love big boozy beers but sometimes the booze is not incorporated well. This one is not that is just awesome all around.
gregwilsonstl (2063) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Phew, this is hot. Sherry and Prunes very noticeable. Sweet and rich. Sipped with Joey in PDX.
hackobock (3427) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 13, 2016. Bottle ar Bruery Bonanza 2016. Vintage 2010 and 2015.
Black with a small quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted and boozy with with dark sugar, caramel, figs, raisins, notes of cocoa, coffee, hints of soy and a good amount of bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty and boozy. Finish is sweet, sticky, bitter and boozy with toffee, dark sugar, figs, raisins, bitter dark chocolate, some salty notes and warming notes. Full bodied, oily, syrupy and soft, almost flat carbonation.
2015 was still too hot and had some sweet banana notes, 2010 had very nice oxidized noted with dried fruits and was much smoother.
linusb (799) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vs 2015
A: Deep dark brown, appears just a bit darker than 2015. Thin off white lacing. N: Coffee, figs, sweet liqourice, port wine T: Port wine, complex vanilla candy, hint of toffee, bourbon O: Very deep and complex flavours! Settled very fine throughout the years.
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin off white lacing. N: Liqourice root, coffee, port wine, overripe banana T: Vanilla, toffee, bourbon O: Quite heavy on the alcohol, but very complex and nice!
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 5, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2016 Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel, and a warm finish.
Marheb (4804) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bouteille batch 2015 provenant de la brasserie): Bue à plusieurs occasions. Tout a pas mal été dit sur ce liquide mais la dernière cuvée m’a particulièrement impressionnée de par la discrétion de l’alcool. Une symbiose bourbon/chocolat noir/oxydation qui fonctionne à merveille. Je la préfère à la plupart des variantes.
jhamp9 (1641) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015. Near black with a khaki head that fades to a ring. Oily lacing. Aroma is strong chocolate syrup, molasses, bourbon, and dates. Taste is hot whiskey, milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and some candied dates. A lot of alcohol heat and warmth on the way down. Slick syrupy body.
jredmond (7408) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the As Is Bottle Share #1. Pours a deep murky brown body with no head. Nose is thick, sweet black strap molasses, lots of wood and bourbon alcohol sting. Mouthfeel is sweet fudge, sugar, booze and oxidation.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Molasses, chocolate and plenty of caramelized sugars merge in this heavy, warming Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the darkness.
-Mouthfeel remains velvety despite the intensity.
-Alcohol is obviously important in the flavor profile and body.
-This is quite reminiscent of DFH’s World Wide Stout.
-This was aged nearly 6 years before opening, and as such allowed us to taste a properly smoothened version. Even though it’s an extreme brew, time seems to have made it more approachable.
From a 2010 bottle, tasted in 2016.
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Type: 750-ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: The Bruery in Placentia, Calif.
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 8, 2015
Consumed: June 10, 2016
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 25, 2015; 2015 version (19.9 pct. ABV)
To say that I was excited to have this was the understatement of the century. I can’t think of a beer I’ve wanted to try more than Black Tuesday. A big thanks to Chris for letting my buy one of his bottles. This is going to be good.
Poured a black color with two fingers of fizzy tan head. Serene setting underneath. Decent spotty lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.50)
Smelled sugary milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, toffee, caramel, dry cocoa, chocolate syrup, crayon, licorice, hints of molasses, figs, dark raisins and dark plum. Got boozier each whiff. (Smell - 4.50)
First taste was just awesome, definitely warming all the way down to my gut. Got sugary chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, rich caramel, creamy toffee, smooth bourbon, molasses, black licorice, creamy espresso vanilla and light woody oak. Huge warmth in my throat. Drinks like a port dessert wine or some other complex red wine. This is warm, but not super hot. Definitely drinkable. Amazing. (Taste - 4.75)
Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, surprisingly smooth finish. Perfect. (Feel - 5.00)
This was just incredible. Might be my favorite beer ever, knowing that Pliny the Elder and Younger might come down a tad once I rate them again. (Overall - 4.75)
4.64 100 A+
thepatrickman (781) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with Michael (misterburd) -- thanks a ton, buddy! 2015 vintage (19.9%) The label says "Contains Alcohol" front and center, and boy do they mean it. This is so boozy that you can smell the alcohol burn as soon as it gets within 5 feet of you, but there’s so much flavor that it doesn’t taste especially hot. Tons of chocolate and coffee flavor, like a double version of the biggest imperial stout you’ve ever tried, mixed with a strong bourbon flavor that pairs really well with the alcohol warmth. Fantastic beer.