ljthiessen (1391) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 22, 2016
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 (2843) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2016
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 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2015
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
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...I’ll have another please? AndySnow (7933) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
neongolden (1719) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
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.
(355ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours pitch black with an average dark tan head fading to a tight ring with lace. Aroma is a rich molasses core draped with loads of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, coconut, a bit of chocolate sauce, fairly light roast, leather, hints of dark fruit and pipe tobacco, booze not completely masked. Palate is intense as expected! Molasses and over-sugared coffee core, figs, dates, bourbon in heaps, chocolate sauce, vanilla, slight coconut, charred wood, peppery alcohol heat, bitter anise, fortified wine and oxidation towards the finish. Lots of alcohol warmth from the middle on but it isn’t very harsh. Body fairly thick, low viscosity oil style, soft carbonation. Surprisingly nice and complex despite the barrel presence and outright alcohol. Not easy to drink except as a slow slow sip, but a really good strong stout. nickd717 (4772) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Draft. Black and thick with a tan head leaving a ring. Boozy bourbon aroma, milk chocolate playing a supporting role. Big sweety luscious chocolate and sugar flavor, molasses, dark fruits. Thick as f**k, lower carb. Interesting. johnnnniee (4374) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle from Harrington Liquors.
Solid black color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Big roasty molasses with complex dark and dried fruit. Earthy with hints of vanilla and sweet bourbon. Light warming alcohol as this pushes down my gullet. Light sherry like oxidation in the finish. Great sipper, alcohol never gets harsh, but this will sure warm you on a cold night. Nsanders (1155) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Tap at brewery. Near black with a sticky light brown head and spotty lacing. Bourbon, melted marshmallows, dried coconut, molasses and new leather. Tastes very sweet with a medium dry finish. Body is heavier with an oily feel. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2015 Excellent sipping stout! Slides thickly out of the bottle, black as used oil. The aroma tells the whole story...chocolate, vanilla bourbon...the taste is delightfully sweet and the bourbon warms all they down! It?s a sipper that makes me wish I could gulp...the bourbon is a strong presence and a bit over the top but not a problem.