BMMillsy (1515) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trade extra from a couple weeks ago. Thanks! Pours black into the glass, though not super viscous thick. Very small ring of off white or khaki head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of big earthy coffee, very very sweet chocolate sauce, just a bit of vanilla, a little bit of booze. Flavor is earthy coffee, a bit of sweet chocolate, and lots of vanilla sitting on the palate in a long finish. Not much bourbon influence here as far as I can tell. Silky smooth, but a bit on the thinner side, with low carbonation. Nice mesh of flavors here, though I expected a bit more body and a bit more bourbon. Definitely worth checking out.
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like a great cask, in that the chocolate is but moderately carbonated. Vanilla delicious. Very drinkable.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
> Sweet and boozy maple and brown sugar ASA
[ Bottle ][ 12oz ][ motorheadtodd ][ Trade ][ Hotel Room Garbage Glass ][ 8.16.14 ]
>> Clear deep cola pour, okay foam. Nose is alcohol, soy, rum, brown sugar. Taste is sweet maple and brown sugar, medium body, big sugary density. Sweet and stickier body. Okay. Alcohol presence seems higher than abv suggests.
jandd1983 (2745) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma was moderately sweet, with bourbon, vanilla and light cocoa. The taste was moderately sweet, with some roastiness, vanilla, earthy and a faint alcohol burn. Nice.
Strykzone (5062) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at dld eve. An intetesting aroma that has a lot going on. Bourbon is big. Chocolate, vanilla. Espresso on bourbon. Very good.
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from JCWattsRugger. Pours near black with no head. Light sweetness, some bourbony and vanilla notes, lighter roasted malts, and hints of chocolate. Not over the top. Good stuff.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, roastiness, light bourbon and a hint of licorice with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Nov 4, 2010
A: Pours dark/black ale with little to no translucency. Small, transient light latte head falls away within seconds. The head falls to, well, broken and spotty surface foam. No lacing.
S: Lots of chocolate, milk chocolate. Coffee is subdued yet present. The vanilla is a good accent to the rest of the beer. Bourbon is sweet, subtle and nice. Plenty of rye bread base malts. Biscuit flavors.
T: Again, quite a bit of milk chocolate flavors here, very sweet. Biscuits, vanilla much more up front in the beer. The coffee seems like is comes through on the back end and resonates. The beer is really, really sweet. As the beer warms, the bourbon comes through with a vengeance.
M: Thick yet hollow, interesting. Moderate to high carbonation for the style.
O: Nice beer. The amount of modifications from the style makes it more of a novelty to me, but nonetheless delicious. I can say if this was local to me, I would make a batch of brownies with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as an extra in VSB trade. Really surprised in a good way with this one. Great mix of medium-heavy mouthfeel, good carb, discernible flavors of bourbon, dark chocolate, slight coffee, vanilla, etc. Great beer with a great presentation. Not much not to love.
revtork (10) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is one the most expertly fined Imperial Stouts out there. Although light in the ABV category, this beer leaves much for those who drink their beer more for taste than effect. The bourbon/vanilla balance in this beer is as good as it gets. If you like your stouts fined to the highest level, I highly recommend this fantastic stout.