Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours viscous black with thin tan head. Aroma chocolate, bourbon, spices, roast, sweet malts. Taste mostly follows aroma, also some hazelnuts and sweet notes that reminded me of rum. Boozy finish with persistent hazelnuts. Thick full palate.
As you’d expect this tastes a lot like Black Tuesday. I am not a big hazelnut fan but it works well here. The degree of hazelnut flavor is just right and enhances rather than overwhelms. As I noted there is also a sweetish rum-like flavor that comes in at times - I’m not sure how the addition of hazelnuts caused that but it tastes pretty good.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour, moderate to small head, minimal lacing and retention. Aroma is big with notes of nut, bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, darker fruit, roast, alcohol. Full bodied, alcoholic, sweet, and choconutty. Decadent but doesn’t have the endless layers of complexity that some other big imperials have.
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Got to try a small sample of this at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop bottle share. Pours dark brown, murky, almost like a BA Old Ale or Barleywine, but maybe a bit darker. Nearly no head, what is there is a yellowish khaki color that is just a ring around the top of the glass. Aroma of big caramel notes, pralines, hazelnuts, booze, huge vanilla, maybe some coocnunt. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly with massive nutty caramel vanilla notes, some light marshmallow, bourbon galore, booze, sweet brown sugar. Wow. This blows away BT and CR for me. Really drinks more like a BA Barleywine or BA Scotch Ale than a stout. Mouthfeel is big, thick, boozy, and warming with low carbonation. Just a really beautiful beer and thus far easily my favorite variant of the BT brew.
kathouse (1105) - Nevada, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tap at Sucréversary. Dark and oily with a firm head. Really sweet molasses and brown sugar flavors with an oily mouthfeel. Aroma was caramel, cocoa, and nuts. Finish was sugary and cloying. Hard to tell the alcohol content though.
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep oily black color with a subtle trace of khaki foam. Nose is full of boozy chocolate, sweet sugar some traces of nuttiness. The palate hides the booze with smooth silky but not overly thick mouthfeel. Lot of rootbeer barrel candy, vanilla bean, caramel and mr. goodbar flavors. Huge beer... was happy to sip a few ounces but not sure I could hit a full glass pour but I likes it :)
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Greg’s apartment. Thanks to Wade for sharing. Pours a thick black appearance with a thin head. Definitely some cola like whiskey booziness in the nose. Nutty, root beer, vanilla notes as well. Mouth feel isn’t as thick as I expected. Actually pretty smooth flavor. Some boozy bite on the finish. Turtle dessert flavor. The hazelnuts add a really cool flavor. Cool beans.
TheJvd (919) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with bourbon, vanilla, some chocoalte and quite some alcohol. Taste is sweet with molasses, sugar, dark chocolate, vanilla and quite some alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbo.
Bosbouw (1379) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zwarte kleur met een matige kraag. Ruikt bourbon, vanille, crème. Zware volle smaak. Vanille, crème. Bittere afdronk. Lekker maar zwaar.
charule (1272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at DLD. Poured blackish with thin ring of beige. Aroma full of bourbon, hazelnuts not very evident. Light carb med bod. Taste similar to aroma.
Beerman6686 (4676) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a thick black color with a brown head. Aroma was of extremely underattenuated mpreial stout, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavor was similar, ltos fo booze, some barrel, not really much hazelnuts, pretty similar to black tuesday.