wlajwl (6816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2017
Aroma is grapes/dark fruit, dark malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/grapes, dark malts, earthy and first dry and then acidic in the finish. klm1 (1541) - Bled/SF, - APR 5, 2017
From K & L Wine Merchants Sf@ 12oz bottle release 2016 with 14.6% abv. Pours black, oily, with creamy brown diminished head, with good lacing as a ring on the edge of a glass. Aroma: intense roasted grain, dark chocolate, gentle smoked, peated, cacao, coffee nibs, dark fruit esters, port & red wine, molasses, licorice. Flavour just follows aroma in intensity with slightly astringent, typical for a red wines, dry finish and slight bitterness from roasted grain. Body is thick, texture smooth, carbonation is moderate. northropfrye (3628) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 3, 2017
Dark black body brown head nice lacing. Creamy palate. Strong dark cocoa dried fruit molasses aroma. Taste is rich sweet dark roast cocoa chocolate dried fruit anise some bitterness. Hot and boozy but masked with loads of flavour. Lactose. A stunner. fiveacestx (970) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle - Batch 12 (2016) - Jet black pour with spotty lacing. A boozy chocolate aroma and heavy chocolate and licorice taste. Medium to heavy body and a rum finish. superspak (5606) - Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter, Batch 1 bottled January 2006. Pours dense pitch black color with minimal head and lacing on the glass. Nice alcohol legs clinging on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/charcoal. Light roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, coffee, raisin, prune, fig, date, cherry, licorice, fudge, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and light smoke/char on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/char bitterness, lightly increasing though the glass. Low carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, slick, thick, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden, a very mild warmth lingering after the finish, with zero booziness. Overall this is an absolutely amazing Imperial Stout after 11 years of age. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely in it’s prime for age, and I can’t see this falling off any time soon. A highly amazing offering.
MrSquash (155) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Aroma is intense charred dark malts. Almost like gun powder in fireworks. Flavor is very boozy with roasted malt. Finishes slightly sharp with a smooth alcohol warmth. AndyW68 (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Near black pour with tan almost brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, molasses and alchohol. Taste follows nose, but adds a lot of bitterness. Very good, just would like to drop the bitterness alittle. sebastokrator (122) - - JAN 2, 2017
Black with some brown head. Nose is first a big whiff of alcohol. Getting past that I pick up lots of roasted malt, some brown sugar and maybe maple. Perhaps just a hint of plum. Really big nose. Taste is equally bold. Taste has a lot of molasses blending plum, fig, and raisin. Lastly there is the chocolate that you’d expect. Medium bodied, almost creamy. Really nice, big and bold. Nsanders (1144) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle. Black with a big light brown head and moderate lacing. Alcohol, belgian yeast, chocolate covered cherries, clay, wood and clove. Tastes like a brownie mixed with a belgian beer and rum. Heavy body with a chalky feel. bookman10 (1123) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Batch No. 12, 2016. ABV: 14.6%. Pours a thick, dark black, with good-sized, lasting, off white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, anise. Flavor has quite a boozy touch to it, along with chocolate, anise/licorice, and coffee. Not bad at all.