j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Jamesí 10k tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Smells of maple syrup, roast, coffee, chocolate, cocoa. On thicker side, full of syrup, roast, cocoa, chocolate. Long roast, cocoa, maple, wood. Warming alcohol into the finish with ash and roast. Long cocoa. Tasty.
DietPepsican (1583) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled both silver and gold wax. Thank you Clark, twice! Black. Brown head. Silvers nose is unreal. Just like walking into a nice coffee shop. Chocolate. Vanilla. Dominating. Silver also has a cab franc bell pepper note. Iím not complaining. Early vintage just kills it in the nose. Mouth goes totally to the gold. This thing has a finish that lasts minutes. Seriously. Itís rich. Itís big. Itís dessert. Iím fine with that. Iím drinking my 4th pint of pseudo and itís still showing up on my palate. i just canít see an imperial stout being better than this. It just works.
fillhumpfree (1) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge waft of maple when I cracked the bottle. Mouthfeel is like motor oil. Maple, coffee and chocolate on the palate. IMO the best BA stout Iíve had.
BREWMUSKCLES (2531) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
acrid coffee,cocoa, wood and a bit boozy. thick and creamy dark and evil. full of everything really. spice, some cinnamon seems to work. satisfying.
gEUS (1685) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at The Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting 2015 - all props to Kevin. Side-by-side tasting of the Morning Delight, Assassin , KBBS (all 2013) and SR-71 (freshest).
All of the beers have a good dose of silky smooth and rich sweetness, molasses and roasted barley malts in them. All of them are great beers.
- Morning Delight: more on the freshly roasted coffee, some green paprica too, sometimes a bit too rich. 4.1/5
- Assassin: my personal favourite: very balanced aroma: slight alcohol that accentuates the subtle roasted coffee notes and chocolate, together with some oak and vanilla touch. 4.5/5
- KBBS: very thick and rich, loads of molasses. Nice barrel touch. 4.3/5
- SR-71: a lot more alcohol in the aroma, as well as peanuts and roasted nuts. 4.0/5
vtafro (6267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks jake. Black pour with tan head. Dark chocolate, sweet aromas. Maple, chocolate and vanilla Flavors, sweet and thick.
deanso (8293) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
bourbon aroma. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Very complex taste. Lovely smooth barrel notes. Awesome
BuckeyeBoy (5501) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle with a huge thanks to Darrel for cracking this one. Wow now this is my kind of imp stout. Thick rich sweet heavy I love it. Pours out a thick viscus black topped with a small brown head. Nose is vanilla barrel notes coffee maple sweetness and chocolate. Taste is even better then the nose maple syrup bourbon sweetness vanilla spice oak rich milk chocolate and a very nice acidic coffee balance.
Luk_ (239) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep opaque black with a dark brown head that recedes in a lasting ring of foam. Aroma is very rich and enticing: multiple layers of coffee, some vanilla and bourbon, light scotch-like smoke, dark chocolate and ash. Taste has dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, but it is mostly sweet butterscotch and dark malts. There is nice fruity (or coffee?) acidity that adds a nice twist. Despite the intense flavors, palate is not too full, finishes with a bourbon alcool burn. Very tasty and somewhat original but I didnít enjoyed it as much as my top stouts.
tom10101 (5005) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12 oz). 2014 vintage. From Brian, thanks! Split 4-ways.
Appearance: Pitch black with a small very dark brown head, little lacing and some legs.
Aroma: Thereís a burst of coffee at first followed by a really fruity presence and rich caramel/toffee. Thereís also some spices/cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, brandy (might just be the fruits though) and fudge.
Taste: Quite sweet, but well balanced by the coffee acidity. Rich caramel/toffee presence, lots of coffee here too, quite fruity, bourbon, mild spices/cinnamon presence and fudge.
Palate: Full body. Medium carbonation. Thick and silky mouthfeel. Lingering caramel, coffee and fruity finish. Nice alcohol warmth.
Overall: Excellent barrel-aged RIS. The malt depth is impressive and itís extremely flavorful and tasty which I guess helps to get some very high ratings from small pours. I liked it a lot, but I didnít enjoyed it nearly as much as GI Rare (which stunned me when I had it 2 years ago) or Double Black on tap (which was as tasty and more drinkable - yeah no kidding - despite being listed as more than twice the abv of this one).