Nische (2661) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 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.
Bottle. Viscous black with a brief tan head. Oak, dill, smooth chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Smooth and full. CraftBeerNick (2969) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2017
Tap at Bottlecraft North Park, San Diego, 22nd November 17. Drank this is a hurry followed by a Parabola, as I browsed the store for take away bottles ahead of the final call at 10pm. Pours black, aroma is coffee, bourbon barrel, wood, vanilla. Taste is smooth and rich, not sweet though, bourbon, vanilla, barrel, coffee, lovely if a bit rushed. luttonm (6955) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Anvil and Stave, San Diego. Heavy sip, lots of lovely peat flavors highlighted by extra bourbon vanilla barrel. This is a special treat. Thick soap head, nicely poured back in this special room. Woody stain appearance. Touch of oxidation on nose. Sip is boozy, thick and heavy, sweet malt with dark fruit notes. Spicy booze. Thick and delicious. Decadent treat. Maracuja05 (2050) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2017
23-09-17 // bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2017 @ Mon Petit Café Stuttgart. Thanks for sharing! Perfect. Roasted coffee, chocolate, Bourbon, sweet malts, caramel, soem vanilla, oak. Great. dzudohonor (338) - POLAND - NOV 2, 2017
Gushing przywitał mnie przy otwarciu! Aromat: wanilia, bourbon, kakao, czekolada, likierowoś i lekka alkoholowa nuta. Smak: czekolada, kakao, kawa, likier, paloność, w kierunku wytrawnym, lekko wyczuwalny alkohol, brakuje mi troszeczkę ciała. Piwo zdecydowanie nie zasługujące na tak wysokie miejsce w rankingu - wersje RVBASS i BAVSS były zdecydowanie lepsze.
Mariox (393) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Aromat przyjemnie słodki, kawowy, ciut czekoladowy, po ogrzaniu czuć bardzo beczkę w tle. W smaku lekko słodkie, lekko palone, czuć beczkę. Niezbyt gęste, ale mimo wszystko sporo ciała i treściwe. Finisz słodki, lekko palony, drzewny. Alkohol grzeje lekko w przełyk, ale jest ułożony i szlachetny...taki ostry bourbon. Po ogrzaniu świetny aromat. Świetne piwo. beskid (406) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2017
Draft at Mon Petit Cafe, Stuttgart. Very classic BBA RIS, there is coffee, some roast and ash, dark fruits, strong barrel notes, really good. czlowiekmotyka (576) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 17, 2017
It is not thick enough. It is great on roast to coffee to barrel ratio but it seems too watery. Definitely classic in composition, but the mouthfeel is not sufficient. alexeyb (11) - LITHUANIA - SEP 12, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous, dark chocolate and coffee and the barrel takes your pants down. Must drink if you can. Fujimo2000 (205) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Pours dark brown/black with lasting brown lacing. My favorite beer. Super smooth just a touch of bourbon. This is how a barrel aged stout is supposed to taste.