vikinghick (1) - - DEC 26, 2013 does not count
Nearly no carbonation at all. Thick and syrupy such that I can almost chew it. Soy sauce in the aroma and taste overwhelm distant hints of mocha. I have a feeling this beer has passed its prime or the bottle I traded for was not well-stored. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Taster. Nice big chocolate nose. Taste is holding up well with soy and mocha tastes. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Jeff! Dark as hell; black with a creamy mocha head that dissipates in a short amount of time. Aroma is heavy molasses, brown sugar, some licorice, light roasty malts & caramel, and a bit of dark prunes in the back. Sweet and robust. Taste is sweet; caramelized brown sugar, sweet molasses, a twinge if cream & coffee, a small touch of black licorice and prunes, and a nice finish of dark chocolate. Caramel-y finish... Sweet but not too over the top. Very, very mild oxidation... But it's nearly 8 years old. Awesome. jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Paul, shared with Max, Andy and Pearl. Pours a rich black body with thin lacing. No head. Aroma is rich, chocolate fudge brownie and protein bar. Mouthfeel is full with lots of fudgy, brownie character dominating. Some warming in the chest towards the finish, but overall still very nice. mcberko (18441) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a silky jet black a la motor oil with tiny ring of light brown head. Nose brings out deep dark fruits (plums particularly), some chocolate covered raisins, vanilla and caramel. Flavour is remarkably complex, with loads of sherry liqueur, dark fruits (plum and cherries), a little vanilla and heaps of caramel. Dominated particularly by the liqueur and dark fruits, without being very sweet. There is a noticeable alcohol kick, but it’s well-situated. A big syrupy, semi-boozy sipper that is as intense as it is elegant. Wonderful stuff. Has stood the test of time (7 years) very well.
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle acquired, from someone. Pours dark brown with no carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits like plums, some bourbon in there I think. Flavor matches aroma but adds in a little booziness. Really good, would have liked to try it fresh as well. BourbonicAsh (4) - - APR 16, 2013 does not count
What an amazing brew! POUR: Slight head. APPEARANCE: Normal dark brown/black color for a malty stout. SCENT: Hints of vanilla and malts. TASTE: I taste a complex mixture of vanilla, carmel, and malts. The initi tasteIis very smooth and rich like biting into dark chocolate. The aftertaste is slightly malty and it disspitates within a few seconds. PALATE: A dry malty flavor lingers buts only for a miniscule amount of time. OVERALL: This beer isvery delectable and I would recommend this for any and all occasions. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
finally. 12oz bottle, batch 7000, courtesy of the one-and-only motortoddhead. thanks so much, todd! pours thick, rich, and oily like a real imperial stout should and sits black in the glass with a thick, dense, dark mocha head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of devil’s food cake, dark roasted malts, spent coffee grinds, licorice candy, and pralines backed by dried figs, raisins, and plum skins with hints of warming, spirited Ouzo. flavor is incredible as well with notes of fresh baked brownie edges, pecans, brown sugar, pralines, and hazelnut coffee backed by deep, dark roast, winter spices, dried figs, black cherries, and subtle notes of amaretto with licorice, earth, and smoke on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich and decadent, with smooth carbonation and not a trace of oxidation with a massive finish of roast, dark chocolate, and spices. overall, i was a bit aprehensive with this one given the age but i’m happy to say this one has aged with the utmost grace and truly is one of the best beers i’ve had in the last 6 months. bwa5879 (949) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at 2013 Inaugural Vintage Beer Tasting. 2005 bottle. Pour was dark brown to black with a small layer of suds the color of a cardboard box. Smells similar to aged brandy with fermented dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses, somewhat leathery. Mouth feel was slick and warm, very soft carbonation. Roasty taste with predominant taste of figs and dark fruits, charred wood, hints of spices - allspice, anise. Finish was slightly sour and surprisingly clean. I need some more years to appreciate this one. blipp (9504) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Past 7 years old at tasting. Near black with a beige head. Hard roasted malts, weird grainy, some sweetness, and a really weird dirty finish. Not bad up front, but the finish really throws it off, and I have no idea what it is. It didn’t really seem like oxidation or anything like that. Really pumped that I got to try this, but I don’t think it was that good.