mezr (136) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017 Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 To me, this beer tasted like many of the other Imp stouts in the current US trend of "bigger is better" and barrel aging. No matter who started it, there are a lot of them out there now. And I do not have the stomach for these concoctions, I don’t mean that they make me ill or anything, but I hardly find them very enjoyable anymore. They are simply too rich, and too much. As far as this one, I honestly do not see all that much of a difference between it and many of the others. It certainly is not a bad beer, but it is in no way the best beer in the world. I absolutely would not want to drink this often, if at all. And I do not like coffee! Some may question the "2" for palate, since it is so thick; but I do not see thickness as a good beer characteristic - perhaps several years ago when it would have been a novelty, but after having several thick beers, I have come to the conclusion that syrup is best left for pancakes.
I did try to be fair in my rating - balancing my personal likes and dislikes with the technical craftworthiness of the beer.
From the cask into a snifter. Black with a light brown head. Very complex aroma of roasted coffee and malts, dark fruit. Full body, smooth, warmth of oaky bourbon in the background. Very nice long bitter finish. Did I say complex?! This is a masterpiece. Tide (3895) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, licorice and a bit of dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, licorice, bourbon, oak and chocolate. Exquisite imperial stout. Borresteijn (7078) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
75cl Bottle sample at Potjepalooza. Black colour, dense beige-brown head. Aroma of hard-roasted malts, bourbon, soft coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla/oak, sounds generic but this one stands out with a touch more roast than others. Flavour is sweet with roast, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol, hint of dark fruits, bittersweet finish with more roast. Full bodied, smooth. Superb stuff, love the fact it’s not coffee-forward. ShivanDragon (4120) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza. Thanks @PotjeBier for the hospitality and the great beers, this was the last beer of the evening as i had to catch the train back home.
I had a great day with all you guys!.
And as a surprise i found out on the way back, this was my #4000. PotjeBier (3348) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
pours black with a light kaki head.
aroma of roasted and toastes malts, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate.
lots of full dark chocolate, roasted and toasted, pretty sticky sweetness, strong alcoholic,
love these thick and sweet bourbon stouts. !
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza, from an IP trade with richiesd. Black color. Light brown head, not too much. Aroma’s: bourbon, alcohol, roasty. Retronasal it’s alcohol, chocolate, fruity, sweet. Flavor is moderate sweet, roasty, alcoholic. Above medium bodied. Roasty, light bitter finish.
sjogro (4146) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Shared from bottle at Potjepalooza. Black with tan head. Big sweet roasted chocolate malts, bourbon, vanilla. Big sweet sugar rush, moderate roasted bitterness. Over medium body and active soft carbonation. Big sweet stout. Maakun (5564) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle shared at Potjepalooza. Black with beige head. Lots of coffee and roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, some booze, cinnamon, light spices, marzipan. Quite sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with alcoholic finish. Very nice but still a bit hot. BarrelAged1991 (12) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2017
Big stout butt not as big as i thougt it would be. Nice bourbon notes in the tast and great smooth finish ciocanelu (2532) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 10, 2017
Black color with dark brown head. Aroma has slightly acidic coffee, even a bit green with some bourbon in the background. Taste is sweet at first, fudgy, continues with sweetened coffee and bourbon, a hint of green coffee bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really nice variation of the base beer, adds a nice flavor complexity. mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2017
UPDATED: APR 20, 2017 Bottle shared at a tasting. Very dark brown pour with a tan head. Easily identifiable as a speedway stout, with notes of brewed coffee, molasses, light licorice, chocolate, toffee and a ton of bourbon notes and vanilla on top of a light cherry bitterness. Well balanced flavours, a bit too boozy, though.