metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle for 7 bucks. Pours black as night with a non-existent head. Aroma is very sweet, almost like wine, with a little roasted malt coming through too. Taste is wildly complex, sweet chocolate, roasty, vanilla and dark fruit turning into a very smooth bourbon alcohol heat at the end. Body is medium, slightly creamy texture. Not much carbonation to be heard of. This is a good imperial stout but not really worth the price. The regular Siberian Night is better than this.
MotherBrother (683) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour pitch black, with a small but somewhat creamy looking light tan head.
Aroma is pretty roasty on the nose (and on the palate) but followed by a heavy load of coffee, slight bitter chocolate, slight vanilla, some toasted/chared oak, slight banana, bourbon and plenty of green notes as well.
The taste is slightly sweet upfront, with a heavy dose of lingering bitterness from the middle and out. Medium bodied, with a rather fizzy carbonation. Slightly sticky... Thanks Scott, for sending me this.
thornecb (4293) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Vanilla, bourbon and oak aromas. Medium bodied with sweet chocolate and caramel upfront turning to vanilla in the lasting hot oak finish.
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Spring 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense and rocky dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light char, raisin, apple, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and barrel character; with solid strength. A bit too fruity. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light char, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent BA imperial stout. Great complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
jmikolich (1427) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle from LIzardville RR, a unique approach to BB Stouts, where the stout actually comes through more than the barrel, I’m not sure what barrel it was, but it marries well with the stout, little peaks of sweetness and vanilla come through but mostly its a big bad roasty stout that SN has always been.
djd07 (3299) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to George. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is roast, chocolate and oak. Medium mouthfeel with light oak and chocolate with light roast finish. Very good.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz to wine glass. Super inky black pour with a dark brown head. Huge vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, brownie, smooth bourbon, and coffee. Insanely smooth and delicious! Almost like a liquid brownie sundae. Oak, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and more throughout. The alcohol is damn near hidden. Just A+ stuff here!
Nephilium (1312) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts with a nice bourbon and roast nose, pours an opaque black with a full tan head. Very strong bourbon presence, with a little bit of heat. There are some chocolate and vanilla hints, but they are overpowered by the bourbon at this point. Very creamy and full mouthfeel. This one may fare better after some aging.
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle through trade. I have been a fan of the regular version for a long time and remember it being one of the stouts I fell for early on in rating. Cool to see the beer going for the big times with the fancy label and foil cap. Pour has a very dark brown color with a thin whisp of tan head that fell off to a ring on the glass. Aroma has oak, vanilla, bourbon, rich chocolate, and light oxidation. Mouth feel is medium heavy and the carbonation good for a barrel aged beer. Flavor again has a large barrel side, oak, heated bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, mild roast, and some bitterness. There is some heat that burns off a bit once it is in the glass a while and it comes off more rough than the regular version. The review may sound a bit critical but I really enjoyed this beer! Funny this one is rated lower than the regular version that has 10 times more ratings under it’s belt, sign of the times for beer I guess.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is subtle, with roasted malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruit. Body is thinner than expected.