Ataraxia (378) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black, moderate beige head. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, a little coffee, and hints of bourbon barrel. Bittersweet with a long bitter finish. Creamy and smooth, a bit slick, full bodied, and viscous. Mild to moderate booziness.
MrHangover (2541) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by kermis @ Borefts 2014. Pours this thick, picht black liquid with a small, brownish head on top. Aroma is perfect, full, complex smells of licorice, laurel, vanilla, caramel, oak, molasses. Basically every aroma you want in an imperial stout is present, all balanced to perfection. I simply couldn’t stop sniffing this stuff. Flavor is very sweet with again all the characteristics of an imperial stout, but then exactly the way it’s supposed to be. Thick mouthfeel, alcohol is present in the flavor but gives no burning sensation. Flavor is complex with woody influences, dark overripe fruits, vanilla, molasses. The barrel treatment is noticeable. Incredibly good stuff, certainly deserves it’s high rating. This is liquid sex in a glass...
zizzybalubba (1450) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled at GABF 2014. Black pour with a thin brown head. Incredible aroma of German chocolate cake, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Taste of chocolate, coffee, booze, and vanilla. Warm finish. Somehow my Iowa rating is the last of the U.S. states but it was well worth the wait. A perfect 5!!
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at GABF 2014. Pours a deep stout brown with a tan head. Nose is big boozy bourbon, chocolate syrup, vanilla, roast, and some sweetness. Flavor is similar with big bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, sweetness, oak, and booze. Huge flavor and boozy oakiness. Medium and syrupy in body with lingering boozy chocolatey bourbon.
Steve_0 (2759) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Multiple pours from tap at GABF 2014. Appearance is pitch black with a frothy brown head ans sticky lacing. Big chocolate, coconut, light roast, some oak, coffee, caramel, toffee and brownie batter in the aroma. Taste rich and creamy milk chocolate bar, bourbon notes, some raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, a hint of espresso, and chocolate cake with a semi-sweet, yet roasted finish. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Decadent, rich, and full-bodied. Mmmmmmmm rareness.
Salmoniform (832) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at GABF. Dark hue with brown head. Aroma is huge whiskey, oak, toffee, caramel. Full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet followed by a nice astringent following that really balances everything out. Overall this is amazing!
Beerhunter111 (7881) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
sampled @ Borefts Beer Festival 2014: dunkelbraun, fast schwarz, kein Schaum. Geruch nach sehr viel Kaffee, schokoladig, reife Früchte, so ist auch der Geschmack, ein sehr gutes Bier!
cgarvieuk (14715) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at de molen...deep black thin tan lacing ... Dark chocolate. Massive meaty nose ... Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Dark fruits.. Light bourbon... Slight spice...heavy sweet roast
knickskicks (753) - - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Most recent release. Nice looking black pour with s dark creamy head. Nose is pretty rich but I can tell pretty easily it’ll be sickeningly sweet like last year’s. And taste is just that. Super sweet and boozier than I remember last year’s, but fortunately not as pruney. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Really difficult task choking down a few ounces.
BMMillsy (1435) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 gold wax bottle from trade. Humungo thanks for this one. Pours thick viscous pitch black looking thicker than any beer I have poured, including dark lord and Hunahpu. Not really anything but a ring of dark brown head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, hint of roast but mostly sweet. Flavor is bourbon up front with toasted coconut and vanilla galore, a hint of chocolate, oak, more bourbon. Finishes with a blast of vanilla bourbon and wood that is just amazing. Thick bodied with low carbonation but not as sickly syrup thick as expected from the look of this thing. TG is just stupid good when it comes to making beer. Jeez.