phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Draft at the brewery, served in a snifter. Pours an opaque deep brown color with about a centimeter of tan head. Dark and somewhat sour berry fruits up front, with rusted metal, lactose, brownie batter, chocolate, vanilla, wet oak, and muddy earth. There’s some booziness in here that I wouldn’t attribute to bourbon necessarily. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a thin, metallic, sweet, and slightly tart mouthfeel. This was just bad. I had such high hopes based on the ratings (and the lack of Bo & Luke variants on tap that day), but this was not good at all. Something was clearly wrong. I can’t believe they tapped this keg. What a disappointment. nihtila (3597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Keg at IMBC. Pours almost black. Aroma is strong roast, liquorice, coffee. TAstes roasted malts, coffee, sweet syrup, booze. Very nice. ebone1988 (1849) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Aroma is roasted malt, barrel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Appearance is black, light tan head. Taste is barrel, really nice, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, just really good. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, not detection of the over 13% booze. Overall, this is very impressive. Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Alcohol aroma up front followed by milk chocolate and charcoal, very slight background of dark fruit and dehydrated strawberry. Appears like opaque coffee with a thin ring of caramel foam. Bitter sweet milk chocolate up front, toffee, then some minor alcohol burn, followed by some bitter burnt toast and mild sweet cream, slightest saffron. Oily palate. Overall, really nice. Towey1989 (2698) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Keg at Indy Man Beer Con. A black colour with a thin, mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, black coffee, some soy sauce, slight chocolate fudge, cocoa, oak, subtle vanilla and soft liquorice. Taste of chocolate fudge, some toffee, oak, slight vanilla, subtle liquorice, a hint of soy sauce and bourbon. Full bodied and smooth texture. A warming, bourbon tinted, dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. A rich, full flavoured, warming imperial stout. The chocolate fudge taste with oak and vanilla goes wonderfully. Superb.
mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Tap at hopcat. Deep black color with cola head. Aroma is dense chocolate and smoked booz. Slight burn and loads of chocolate vanilla and wood thedm (6143) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2015
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a extremely small sized head of foamy finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark black brown colored body and a poor lacing. The nice aroma was roasted malt dark malt and toffee. The mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mediumly tingly finish with a strong roasted malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of semi-sweet roasted malt mildly vinous burnt malt brown malt breads and hops. A wonderful best in class brew. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 2, 2015
On tap at Beercraft. It pours super dark brown with a mocha colored head. The aroma is decadent with fudge, smores, caramel and roasted malt. Hints of smoke. The flavor is the same. Delicious and rich with fudge, fig jam, smores, smoke and solid roasted malt. I didnt pick up much barrel influence. So tasty and dessert like with almost no alcohol burn. Yum. pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2015
On tap @ Csakajósör - Pours black with a nice, creamy tan head. Amazing complexity of aromas: caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate and some dried fruits with a hint of vanilla and oak. Mostly sweet taste, hop bitterness stays in background. Bitterness is rather derived from roasted malts. Average carbonation, creamy, big-ass body with a little decent boozy aftertaste. The high alcohol hides very smoothly. Overall its a creamy, sweet chocolate fudge-like imperial stout. A serious one, very nice, memorable experience. weihenweizen (3741) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2015
On tap at MM St. Matthews. Black with dark brown highlights. Aroma is sweet bourbon, thick body, low carbonation, and hints of lacing. Taste is sweet bourbon, chocolate, and dark malt. Alcohol is pretty well covered.