drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/22/11. 750mL bottle courtesy dfclav. Opaque black pour with a nice big tan head that lasts. The aroma is huge oak with a touch of sour in there as well, on top of a bit of roast and chocolate. Sweet flavor of chocolate with a touch of vanilla, a ton of lingering roast, and a dash of sour. Pretty disappointing, as I was expecting a lot more vanilla and chocolate.
pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle via IP trade with orangesol. Black with a frothy mocha head. Roasted malt, coffee, some "attic" musk but in a good way that seems to mellow and yet enhance and balance things at the same time, dry chocolate, smooth, some oak, hint of vanilla bean skin but not too sweet. Moderate carbonation and body, chocolate, slightly chalky with a bit of lactose, although I haven’t had it before seems to be slightly past its prime but still tasty.
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and oaky, some chocolate, some smoke and licorice. Hint of tobacco at the finish. Thanks for sharing!
changeup45 (1699) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from kramer. Thanks! This pours black in color; lots of carbonation, with a big tan head on top shedding thick lacing. The aroma has whiffs of molasses, leather, charred wood, dark fruit, and slight funky berry note making me think of a possible infection but that didn’t seem to be the case. Pretty tasty stuff; better than expected but the higher than normal carbonation does throw it out of whack. It’s far too prickly on the palate. I pick up mocha, plum, sweet caramel, quite a bit of oak, with a slick chocolaty finish with some campfire wood too. There’s certainly some alcohol heft here, which isn’t surprising. I wouldn’t say this was hard to drink though, it just becomes a bit of a chore the more you get into it but I’m not the biggest fan of Imperial Stouts. A good one to share, for sure. I do think this would have been much better if it wasn’t overly carbed but that wasn’t a killer either.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml C&C bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.
A: Pours a very opaque black color with a khaki color head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring, but it has very lively body.
S: Creamy tootsie roll chocolate notes, almost bordering on artificial. Very roasty with some light barrel notes. Mostly oak at this point.
T: A ton more oak in the taste than the nose. The artificial nature of the chocolate from the nose is gone as well, but it’s still a very sweet malt and chocolate combination.
M: Extremely overcarbed. Very prickly on the tongue with a medium thin body.
O: The oak barrel really overtook the base and it was extremely over carbonated. Not a fan.
Serving type: bottle
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012, thick oily black pour with tan head, aroma brought nice big notes of dark fruits, anise, figs, raisin, mixing into nice dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted notes, slight hint of the bourbon and vanilla, oak comes through as well, this is nice but nothing over the top or standout. Taste is very smooth and balanced, a nice mix of dark chocolate, coffee, roast mixing into sweet vanilla, bourbon, nice dry oak, slight spice and earthy tones round it out, finishing fairly bitter. A bit thin, but overall nicely done.
jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Last beer of 2012. Pours black - somewhat oily - with tan head. Nose is oak, cocoa nib, vanilla beans, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Taste is the same with vanilla bean and milk chocolate finish - slightly dry. Medium body.
PhillyCraft (2763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a pitch black with huge coffee head, good lacing. Aromas and flavor of roasted malts, toffee, cocoa, nuts, vanilla..mostly in nose. Lots of dark cocoa, wood, and other dark fruits and fudge. Heat level is tamed for 11 percent plus. Nice
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of totoropanda. Thanks Daniel. Pours a dark black with small tan chocolate head with good retention and some light lacing. The aroma is roasty with dark chocolate and lots of oak as well as a mineral note. A little bit of brown sugar and alcohol as well. The taste is sweet and oaky, very oaky with lots of roasty dark chocolate. The finish is oaky and astringent with bitter dark chocolate. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not that great. Way too much oak and quite astringent.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. Black pour with a medium thin dense beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, cocoa and vanilla. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Awesome raisin/wood scents, perfect pour and great head. Taste is some fruit with alcohol and oak.