SpongeRuiner (1008) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Michigan Fall Beer Fest. Strong bourbon flavors here. Had the hint of vanilla but was overpowered by the punch.
ebone1988 (628) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is light vanilla, oak presence, roasted malt and chocolate. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head, thick. Taste is booze, barrel, light vanilla, and chocolate, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, nice. Overall, booze overpowers a probably good beer.
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at MBG UP Fest - pours an oily black with thin head . Light roast and heavy vanilla aroma . Similar flavors with a moderately sweet finish - very good !
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Black pour. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is sweet vanilla and cocoa, despite being back doesn’t feel as high boost as the regular. Pretty good.
b3shine (7133) - Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft to plastic 5 oz glass at Fury for a Feast. Looks good; a mostly opaque dark cola with thin beige head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Tastes like it smells with a smooth full-bodied mouthfeel. Great stuff!
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, vanilla wood and bourbon alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet toasted dark malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark vanilla sweet and alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste on tap during Michigan Summer Beer Fest. Black color. Nice tan head. Leaves good lace. Nice big coffee, dark chocolate, good bit of vanilla. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Mild, pleasant alcohol warmth. Kind of reminds me of a less-sweet Dark Lord. Bigger body. Good kind of creamy texture, nice chewiness. Definitely a tasty BBA stout. Just a mild sweet bite on the back end.
tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by Matt & Tony, thanks!
Appearance: Black with reddish reflects, a small brown head and little lacing.
Aroma: Intense vanilla, lots of toffee / caramel, bourbon notes and light oak presence..
Taste: Medium to heavy sweetness. A lot of vanilla here too, but a bit more integrated. Plenty of caramel too along with chocolate, bourbon, oak and medium bitterness.
Palate: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. The finish is quite harsh from the bitterness. There’s also some alcolhol warmth.
Overall: Like the two others we had from the series (Peanut Butter & Chocolate Espresso), this one is really showcasing the distinctive component which is the vanilla here. Like the Chocolate Espresso version, this one lacks a bit of balance while the Peanut Butter version is perfectly cohesive. The vanilla presence is very interesting and the bourbon barrel presence and the base beer are strong enough to compensate for the huge amount of vanilla but the harsh bitter finish hinder the drinkability and enjoyability quite a bit. Tasty.
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Deep black pour with tenacious tan-brown foam. Aroma is intense vanilla, light roastiness, candy, toffee, lots of caramel. Taste is sweet but with a rather harsh bitter after taste,tasty yet something slightly annoying from the bitterness. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation.
Petkus331 (378) - Redford, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sweet vanilla and chocolate brownies baking in the oven. Appears coffe brown with a very thin ring of light caramel foam. Tastes of bittersweet brownie batter, just a little unbalanced in the bitter direction, a bit of bitter grapefruit. Palate is a little fizzier than expected. Overall, very good, a bit unbalanced bitterness.
firstsip (720) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Dark brown-black. Surprisingly bubbly. Sweet, boozey nose with notes of vanilla. Rich, full body. Great balance of vanilla, burnt marshmallow, vanilla--all without being too sweet. Man, do these guys know their imperial stouts.