gyllenbock (8165) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, light vanilla and some caramel. Similar taste. Sweet and with a thick body. The finish was long and with well hidden alcohol. A nice one to sip.
SudsMcDuff (8142) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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laiti (8137) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35,5 cl bottle (16,53%) @ lusikka
Aroma is very sweet with bourbon tones, alcohol, licorice and strong bourbon tones with vanilla. Flavour has sweet vanilla tones, licorice, bourbon and some saltiness. Some pleasant warming alcohol in the last sips. Nice slow sipper, but youíre gonna need a long movie for this one.
jmgreenuk (8008) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Fresh Craft, Denver. Wow, this was good! Poured a deep mahogany with a rich oily consistency and a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt and boozy alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a big malt liqourice cream toffee caramel alcoholic palate. For the ABV, the alcohol didnít dominate. A real classic. One of the best imperial stouts Iíve ever had!
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. (bottled March 27, 2012). Pours with a sickly thick, inky black body that is completely opaque. Massive tan head resides atop. Great retention (very impressive for a beer of this size), glass coating with incredible lace. Aromas are huge and awesome. Big fudge character, bourbon, barrel, boozy (but not sharp/solvent/distinctly fusel), nougat (big time), nutty, whiskey, barrel, toffee, fresh baked goods, caramel, almond extract, chocolate everywhere (really strong fudge which I wrote down about 5 times for the aroma alone). Medium peppery alcohol, rich, decadent, marshmallow. Flavors are very, very rich, viscous, decadent, medium tannin, barrel, mocha, fudge, light alcohol burn. INTENSE. Caramel, toffee, very long duration of flavors, figs, dark fruits, chestnuts, nougat, stewed prunes. Sweet but never cloying, boozy but not harsh. Very complex. Tobacco and earthy truffle on the finish. Like a baby Black Tuesday in a smaller and cheaper bottle. Less dark fruit character than Black Tuesday. Burnt caramel, port wine, bitter, raisin, currant. Endlessly complex, big. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, and completely mouth coating. Warming, low carbonation. Caramelized and candied. Epic!
solidfunk (7875) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a keeper, too bad itís so damn expensive. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lots of bitterness. Booze well hidden. Lots of roast and caramel. Tap at Snallygaster.
onceblind (7869) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black pour from the bottle; no light coming through the liquid at all..rocky dark beige head. Smell is sublime, with notes of bakers chocolate, espresso grounds, caramel, raisin, sweet dark licorice, brown sugar, vanilla-tinged-oak, and a bourbony boozy tone. Flavor is huge, as expected. A little too warm, but the fact that itís chuck full of flavor helps it ease down the throat...its not boozy for the sake of boozy. Rich sweet dark chocolate tones on the palate first, some fig/raisin dark fruitiness, with a little tone of roasted coffee, some brown sugar, earthy licorice, caramel, a little bit of boozy vanilla, a twang of oak, and a mellow but warming bourbon ending. Rich and satisfying, however, a little too much on the body and booze after a while. Had trouble finishing the last 5oz of a 12oz bottle. Maybe just too sweet? I dunno. Itís a lot to finish. Share with a friend!
lusikka (7740) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and strong bourbon notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, alcohol, sweet bourbon, some vanilla notes, mild earthiness, tart wooden notes and molasses. Full bodied. Alcohol warms very nicely. The bourbon notes are very smooth and soothing.
after4ever (7652) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz, capped and foiled, very fresh. Thanks J! Pours opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that falls to a crazy whorl and eddy pattern, like the way freshwater and saltwater mix in an estuary and you can see the stripes. The head is brackish! Speaking of brackish, thereís salty soy sauce on the nose, along with roast, dark chocolate, oak, and lots of fumey bourbon and other alcohol. Not showing really heavy ethanol, which is a testament to their blending skills. Definitely some toasty oaty cerealy notes as well. Thick silky smooth slippery body--not buttery slippery, itís oaty slippery. Roasty toasty notes hit you, then dark chocolate and soy sauce, then sweet bourbon and oaky vanillaness. Long heavy chocolatey finish. Never develops a heavy vodka bite, not even a twang, and doesnít make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so itís hard to go up into stratospheric numbers, but this is designed to be a big ridiculous dessert beer, not a balanced and harmonious sipper. That it is as balanced and harmonious as it is merits a great score, so...38.
nimbleprop (7621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a very viscous, opaque, oily black with some cloudy, beige head. Nose has a ton of molasses, burnt wood, light vanilla bean, coconut meat, malt, Kahlua, dark chocolate, a little soy. Slick in the mouth, the flavor is sweet, boozy, Kahlua, soy, almost a little salty fish sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toasted wood, coconut meat, cherry cordial. Full, sticky finish. This could have been a mess, but it wasnít. Smooth with lots of complexity.