stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big nose of bourbon. Could almost pass as a liquor. Heavy booze but enjoyable. Taste is medium bodied with prominent booze. Drinking a 750 by yourself is not recommended. Get at least another person to help you out. But for the seasoned veteran, its just a starter.
dalekliz (911) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lovely bartender just gave me a free sample of this. Pours ink black with no head. Aroma is boozy, with caramel and vanilla. Taste has a lot of woody booze, but it’s smooth not overwhelming. Lots of vanilla notes to balance the alcohol. Just a bit of bubbly carbonation. Lingering oak and vanilla. Wonderful.
JBPortland (1489) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 2013 vintage popped September 2016. Pours straight motor oil with no head and a small ring of bubbles. Nose and taste are super sweet and rich, gooey melted fudge, vanilla, chocolate cake, did I mention sweet? Some dark fruity plum and faint raisin, brown sugar and caramel, tootsie roll. Definitely boozy and sticky on the finish but hides the % fairly well in the nose and early palate, or perhaps it’s mellowed out after 3 years. Not something I could drink often. Pretty tasty stuff regardless.
gregwilsonstl (2112) - 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 (3495) - 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 (848) - 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 (4920) - 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 (1671) - 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 (7460) - 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 (9369) - 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.