AirForceHops (7295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2017 NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very oily, dark ruby red, brown color. Massive tan head, that lingers for quite some time. Aroma is of coffee, malts, raisin, and figs. First impression is very thick and oily on the tongue. Hard to pick out alot of flavors for me. Maybe a slight apple note. Slightly bitter hoppy note. Some bitter dark chocolate notes as well. Very nice and long in the finish. Finishes very, very long. Good beer. Bells does another great brew.
ClarkVV sharing the 12 year old imperial stout. Thanks for the tick but the oxidation has gotten out of control. Cardboard, wet newspaper, chocolate malt. I bet this was really good when fresh. Thanks for the share anyhow. Chalumeaux (1558) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Poured from bottle hand waxed thanks Clark 12 year old bottle dark black with tan head. Aromas is dark fruit raisin cocoa and chocolate. Taste is cardboard wood dark fruit cocoa. AdamChandler (5081) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Totally black, pours without any head. Thanks Clark for this hand-waxed bottle. it smells good. raisin, cocoa and a little cardboard. cardboard, very old. loads of old flavors. raisins, peppermint, wood, dark fruit. lingering finish is soy sauce. arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Compared to 6000, oxidation has also clearly set in, but not in a good way. Deep roast malt and chocolate with soy notes. Not undrinkable, just not that good. JStax (6852) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle acquired from a trade awhile back. ClarkVV I think. Thanks! 400th imperial stout rate, so that’s pretty cool. The beer is a thick, oily black with a beige head of foam that diminishes to just a ring around the glass. The beer has huge raisin and leather characteristics to it. Moderate sweetness resonates on the tongue for awhile after the sip. The beer tastes great right now. Age hasn’t done it any harm! Big body. Fairly low carbonation. Great beer!
bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Brewed in Sept 2005, drinken in July 2016. APPEARANCE-
super dark. Nicely dark carmel color head.
deep, dark scents. Licorice, heavy boosy.
FLAVOR- very boosy, deep flavors you’d expect for such a tremendously dark beer. Some black licorice
NOTES- not sure if this would have been better 4-5 years ago, or if it could stay in the cellar a couple more years. koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a dark black with a lovely collar of dark khaki head and no lace. The aroma is real good. There is a strong dark fruit and a nice roast. Nice booziness present with the malts and fruits. The flavor is similar. There is a big tobacco leaf or leather note from the oxidization. There is a good fruitiness that backs up to a light hop on the far back end. The mouth feel is lighter and well carbonated with a lingeringly malty, leathery aftertaste. Not too bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thomashall (995) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Ryan..big thanks! Pours dark brown. Strong bourbon aroma and a little nutty. Taste same with nice dry roasty finish. Aged really well. Really good....so glad I got to try this. Bacterial (3004) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle shared at Steazy’s - thanks!! Thick black pour. Licorice, malt, some spices in there too. Nice. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Black, small tan head. Big roasty anise aroma. Flavor is full of anise, with a lot of chocolate.