JulienHuxley (2519) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark oily black pour with light tan head that recedes. Aroma is quite molasses forward, bourbon is a very subtle contribution (not a bad thing!), chocolatey notes, roasted character is tame. Taste is sweet, molasses, vanilla, light booze flavor. Palate is a bit oily, heavy body, low carb. Good.
maneliquor (2787) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a small light tan head which quickly disappears. Nose shows pepper, bourbon, vanilla, sweet christmas cake fruits and roasted malts. Heavy bourbon and vanilla in the taste. Quite plummy and raisin forward. Soaked heavy, dark fruits. Very roasty and bitter sweet. Solid but didn’t amaze me like some others
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon and soaked roasty chocolate aroma. Massive sweet chocolate vanilla oak bourbon molasses flavor. Wish I had one to age a year or two
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Canals. This was a well balanced imperial stout. Nice blend of roast, smoke, wood, hop and chocolate. A good dry finish. Nicely done.
mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Chocolate and nut aroma. Taste is thin chocolate milk, light oak taste
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottled November 2011. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours black with a three finger light brown head that leaves some clumpy rings of lacing and holds a good cap.
Aroma is oak, charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate, burnt marshmallow, earthy hops. Good to very good strength.
Flavor follows suit, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, burnt malts, coffee, chocolate, marshmallow, anise, Storm King’s signature hop bite, mild to moderate sweetness, good bitterness, some alcohol. Pretty oaky. More oak than bourbon.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy but with a good carbonation bite.
A nice step up from the regular Storm King, although it retains a lot of the base beer’s character. A lot of charred oak presence and the bourbon is there but not overpowering. There are certainly better barrel-aged Stouts out there, but this is pretty solid.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with a nice tan head and some light lace. Aroma is malt, vanilla, toffee, alcohol. Taste follows aroma well with lively carbonation and some hop bitterness, light wood, a little light in the body. alcohol shows up as it warms. Finish is alcoholic, dry malt, warming
jmikolich (1399) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle from Rozi’s some years ago, 2011. A nice deep dark pour, with mocha head.. nose is slightly bourbon, but not huge... i’m finding lots of milk chocolate here, no bourbon heat.. not bad not as good as I thought.
tcane7 (1577) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Sean and Janine. Pours a near black with thick tan head with mocha dots and sea foam lacing. Nose of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, wax, crayon. A little boozy.
blankboy (5799) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours black with an average size frothy off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, leafy hops, a hint of wood and some alcohol. Flavour of roasted malt, alcohol, light leafy hops and notes of wood and bourbon. Medium bodied. Very good.