Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black, thin mocha head. Wood, chocolate, bourbon, and little coffee. Light sweetness, bitterness in the back, and oaky dryness. Smooth, full bodied, and moderate booziness.
Christian (11092) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice and bourbon with dark chocolate notes. Sweetish oaky and licorice flavour with plenty of dark chocolate flavour
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black with a large bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, prunes, plums, and oak. Flavor has vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, wood, milk, and nuts. Finish is a bit thin and boozy. Low carbonation.
callmemickey (2769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Pitch black body, large khaki head, soapy lacing. Big bourbon nose with chocolate, licorice, coffee, roast, and earth. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, lingering finish with a touch of heat and earthy bitterness. I think age has treated this well.
DrSilverworm (6366) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, purchased from Dilly Cafe for $11. Bottled 11/10/2011. Corked. Shared with friends. Dark, very dark brown color. Near-black. Thin light brown head. Couple bits of lace. Nice smoky, roast malt, big dark chocolate aroma. Light bit of vanulla, hint of wood tannin, hint of dark fruit - nice complex aroma, and good, more bitter taste. Like storm king, this stout definitely has more bitter, pronounced hops than average. Good earthy hop. Dan H says he thinks it smells like a port. Coconut, coffee and chocolate, hea says. "Cognacy barrel woody taste", he says. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, little sweet. Just a light hint of the alcohol, very pleasant overall. Gets awesome as it gets to room temperature. Nice and creamy, never gets too sweet. Great stuff. Better than expected. This held up just fine, drinking great at 2 years old.
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML bottle purchased @ Nikki’s Liquor’s in R.I. Bottled Nov, 20 2011. Nose is spicy rye bourbon with chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is spicy bourbon up front with coffee, raisins, chocolate and a decent amount of hops for such an old bottle. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth/ low carbonation. Moderately lingering bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden and is easy to drink. Texture is on the oily side. Body is on the full side yet doesn’t fill you up or bloat the stomach. Overall, really great imperial stout.
Dr_Fellini (411) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. 2011 vintage. Pours a deep black with subtle rose color and a decent beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is heavy roasted malts and bourbon, with hints of vanilla sweetness. Full body with a punch. Slight alcohol burn. Excellent beer, but I think I still give it to Storm King.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a decent sized beige head that recedes quickly leaving some clumps of lacing.
Lots of oak in the aroma. Good charred oak notes along with bourbon vanilla and roasted malts. A few dark fruits peak in as well with an earthy hop presence. The barrel really stands out on the aroma.
..and on the flavor. Flavor follows closely with a good roasty malt profile along with some earthy hops. Tons more charred oak, vanilla and a good smooth bourbon profile alongside.
Medium to thick bodied with a good creaminess. Carbonation is a bit higher than most BA stouts, but it works well with the hops.
A very nice surprised and bummed to hear they don’t make this anymore. Never been a big fan of non-lager Victory stuff, but this was one of my favorites of the night. I usually prefer my BA stouts, bourbon heavy. It’s present here, but let’s the good charred oak steal the show.
Strykzone (4930) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at 4 Hands. Very dark with red. A nose of whiskey and must. Big whiskey flavor, too. Vanilla and huge malts. A lot to like here.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep black color with a mocha two finger head that lingers with light lace. Aroma is heavy chocolate up front with some big wood notes and earthiness. Also some bourbon, vanilla, and hints of roasty coffee. Taste is very woody with hints of hoppiness and roastiness. some bourbon and vanilla notes and a heavy chocolate presence. Medium body, creamy mouth feel, and light carbonation.