Strykzone (7177) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at esbls. Really good. So rich. Bourbon , vanilla. Earth and roast. Big stuff. Hot. Jst so much to like.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Stone Pour it Black Event. One of my favorites of the day. But all of them were so good. Lots of barrel and lots of yumminess.
Beaver (1761) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/4/2014. Pours dark brown black with a smallish creamy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malts, grains, dark fruit, bourbon and a little black licorice. A lot going on!
The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate malts, roasted grain, dark fruits and some hot bourbon alcohol with a little black licorice and a bitter roast alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, nice stout with a lot going on. A bit sweet and hot on the alcohol for me, but not as hot as remembered (maybe the 2 years aging helped). Becomes a bit harsh and cloying as it warms.
JK (6045) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Boozey aroma. Sweeter than the meph, and some dried fruit quality. Alcohol is hidden in the flavor. Heavily roasted mal. Excellent beer. Thanks Brian.
tmongoose (2431) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft that poured thick as mud and so delicious looking. nice dark mocha head let it sit for a few. the aroma was thick in booze and bourbon and oak and chocolate and hints of coffee and vanilla. this is a definite sipper but its so worth it. the flavor is rich and deep and lots of booze and bourbon and oak and chocolate and deep roasted malts. this is one to search out.
ljthiessen (1255) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Feb 2015. Dark, nearly black pour with a beige head. Aroma is huge boozy chocolate, coffee, hints of breadiness. Taste is quite sweet, but immensely rich - boozy chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hints of bread and dark fruit. Very big and boozy, even after a year's aging.
Turtles (2456) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, bought in August 2015. Deep black with a creamy beige head, rich lacing. Creamy, intense aroma, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, oak barrels. Thick, full-bodied, chewy, mid-sweet mouthfeel. Strong and deep taste, full throttle from the first sip. Sweet chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, oak barrels and coffee. Really creamy and smooth warming finish. Hides the great abv of nearly 17% very well!
mikem409 (2019) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with tan head. Big boozy chocolate aroma. Taste is thick brownie but very hot. A little to boozy and sweet for me.
lightbias (453) - USA - DEC 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do love a quality Imperial Stout, and combine that with the smoky goodness of a fine bourbon...count me in every time. I pull back the cap and the aroma of ripe, black cherries fills the air, powerfully laced with oak and vanilla; tantalizing always, when the barrel comes through. The liquid is a shade of dark hickory capped with a tenacious tawny foam and pours into the glass with a body that promises to be devastatingly sensual.
- My first sip is always interesting. I know that every brew is different, and the first taste is indicative of what it will be at the end. They all mature on your palette, in the glass; the exposure to the warmth creating a metamorphosis in the brew. So, I draw a bit of the beer between my lips and let it settle in; the rich, creamy liquid draping itself over my teeth and tongue and insinuating itself into my taste buds. The olfactory sensation is nothing in comparison to this, the vanilla-laden oak and rich bourbon flavors are a flamboyant accent to the beer. The soft, thick head tickles my upper lip and invites a darting tongue to clear the foam, only to repeat the process at the end of each quaff. The dark fruits, combined with those barrel accents; the smooth, almost sexual liquid is a deep, rich chocolate creating a foundation for the perfectly carbonated brew. Damn.
- There is little about this that I could find fault with, and although it may be a tad boozy, considering the ABV, this is mischievously mellow. The body is fairly heavy, but thins with some time out of the bottle. I enjoy this colder and the more it warms, the less it is that solid oatmeal consistency, but I would likely pick Uncle Jacob to be my companion on a desert island. Fabulous...Iíll have another please?
AndySnow (7386) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Black colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, raisin, caramel.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel, raisin.