juiceisloose (3022) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2019 750 ml bottle. Opened on my birthday. Pours an oily, jet black color and topped by a small tan colored head of foam that quickly settles into a thin film and leaves some thin lines of lace on the glass. The aroma is really nice showing dark chocolate, earthy roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, bourbon, and oak laden vanilla over a dark roasted malt base. The coffee doesn’t overpower, but is perfectly integrated with the dark chocolate and malts while adding a nice fruity and nutty undertone with just the right amount of barrel notes. The flavor follows suit and is a perfect marriage between the dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted coffee, and malts while the bourbon soaked oak and oaky vanilla helps smooth things out and adds further depth. The coffee roast comes across dry and adds ample balancing bitterness. Full bodied, smooth, and slick on the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation that leads to a dark chocolate, smooth roasted coffee, bourbon, and oaky vanilla on the finish with no alcohol presence detected. Delicious stuff. This is perfectly balanced, full flavored, and a world class imperial stout as you would expect from Alesmith. dzudohonor (478) - POLAND - FEB 14, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2019 BL. Aromat: łagodna, palona kawa z mlekiem, czekolada.
Smak: palona kawa, czekolada, na początku słodkie, finisz natomiast palony i gorzki, dość długi, lekko pieprzny i piekący w przełyku BuckeyeBoy (13315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2018
Bottle thanks to Doug pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is big coffee forward next we got big bourbon barrel notes vanilla and some brown sugar. Taste is more of the nice coffee forward roast ash bourbon and some chocolate. daleharshman (1169) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 15, 2018
1100th RATING! At long last, I pull one of the major jewels from the cellar. 750 ml bottle purchased in February 2013 from the brewery ($30.00). I had this at a friend's tasting shortly after its release and thought it too hot, so I laid it down in the cellar for the past 5+ years. POURS a true pitch black with a finger of dark brown foam that quickly fizzles away. Complex and nuanced AROMA of deep dark chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon, expensive coffee, coconut, sticky dark fruits, and more whiskey. FLAVOR of big whiskey barrel, smooth complex coffee, fudge brownie, cocoa powder, and wet oak. The initial very smooth finish is interrupted by lingering big whiskey in the finish (still a bit hot even after more than five years). The bourbon barrel outweighs the superb coffee utilized here. A beautiful beer, and a better balance with the coffee would be my only recommendation for improvement. (217, 1100) Aminatchime (317) - BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2018
Donker zwarte kleur met kleine beige schuimkraag. Geur is alcohol en koffie. Smaak ls alcohol, koffie en een beetje chocolade.
gramity (1829) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2018 RBAG 2017. 2013 vintage. Thanks Kbudd! Black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, coffee. Full body with a dry finish. [entered from backlog of notes] pintbypint (4303) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2017
Shared bottle at RBAG 2017. Black colour with brown foam. Aromas - coffee, tar, roasted malt, ashes. Taste - brown sugar, roast, coffee, some sweetness from booze in the finish with lasting coffee after taste. Heavy but super drinkable. DuffMan (10981) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle shared at RBAG Summer Gathering 2017. I believe this is a 2013 vintage? Thick near-black, densely flavoured palate of espresso, bourbon and roast, balanced and complex and wonderful. Ferris (23112) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle - Big bourbon notes, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Jet black with a nice light brown head. Dark rich coffee and some roast with lots of barrel notes. Bourbon and coffee. dfearnley (3353) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Beer shared at RBAG 2017. Malt, caramel, chocolate, and bourbon. Bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, dark malt, and licorice.