Vells (1879) - Rīga, LATVIA - MAR 2, 2017
Supersmooth subtle roasted malts, coffee, tiramisu, dried fruits, perfect bourbon BA impact, vanilla, oak. Mostly sweet with light bitterness. Awesome Stoned99 (1632) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
341ml bottle shared with brother, thanks Guillaume for this amazing beer. Aroma: wow. Amazing aroma starting with some light licorice then blast of chocolate mixed with vanilla. Dried dark red fruits too. Light booziness. Damn. App: really dark burgundy almost black, small frothy moka head leaving great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, velvety, so soft for the palate, light to medium sweetness, chocolate and subtle bitter finish. Overall: this is amazing! I’m in love with this beer. I honestly don’t know what I could change in this beer. This is so fluffy, so perfect. Just amazing! Drank my god glass in 5 minutes. Feels refreshing even though this an imperial stout. Thanks Sam for this incredible beer. Up next, 2014 version. radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle into tulip glass, opaque jet black color with dark tan lacing, Aroma notes of rich malt sweetness, dark chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits, bourbon and faint oak. Taste adds mocha, caramel, cake batter, chocolate syrup, roast malt and dry earthy bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, creamy with syrupy roast finish. This stuff certainly meets my approval, just excellent if a tad pricy. malrubius (2961) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle from Deciccos Ardsley. Boozy dark chocolate espresso woody vanilla aroma. Medium-heavy dark chocolate espresso fig vanilla sweetness with woody spicy cinnamon medium bitterness without overly long finish. Rich as fuck. Full body oily. Perfectly balanced booze, sweetness, bitterness. Holtguy (178) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Pours black with thin tan head. Head lingers, which I wasn’t expecting. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. I thought it would be more bourboney based on the nose, but this is rich, dark chocolate mostly. Dark, mind you, like 85% cacao chocolate. I’m always impressed when a beer genuinely tastes like something else, and this is one of those beers. No alcohol burn. I see why this is so sought after. I prefer a bit more bourbon flavor, however.
AdmiralVernon (1197) - SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2017
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown head N: Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon T: Bourbon, light vanilla, hint of oak, milk chocolate, light coffee, light sherry tone O: Very well balanced. Surprisingly easy drinking! Sudz4Dayz (153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours black, small off white to mocha head with small frothy bubbles. Small head around the head remains for a while. Smells of strong smooth dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, some small espresso coming through along with a bit of vanilla and dark currants. Tastes oddly of dark fruits off the bat but follows with a nice chocolatey sweetness and a small roast coffee. Bourbon heat and flavor throughout which is pretty nice. Small mouthfeel. Pretty thin not leaving much in the aftertaste. Overall the flavor is pretty good, not great. The smell is great and the body is iffy. Good. jefcon (1911) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Aromas of vanilla and new oak. Chocolate cookie. Incredibly smooth, thick, chewy palate. Finishes clean. Warming alcohol and bourbon. Chocolate and vanilla cake, mousse. Coffee and rye. Dehydrated pear, some fig and plum flavors. Just delicious. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2017
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD.
Opaque, near-black with a thin tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, bourbon and oak.
Taste of toffee vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruit and oak.
Full/medium body and low carbonation.
A great beer, but I'm not sure it is better than Bell's Expedition Stout. I'd love to taste them together.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mariuspoenari (2924) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2017
35cl bottle, 2016 vintage. Pitch black pour with a tall tan head. Notes of bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted coffee as well as brewed coffee, vanilla, a bit of toasted coconut, toffee, with espresso-like coffee in the post-taste. Full bodied, soft texture. A great imperial stout, the bourbon, roast and sweetness are perfectly balanced. Just a bit alcoholic in the end, probably due to its freshness (bottled Nov 2016).