harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2006 JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was not sure what to expect as I asked what is was and the waiter only said it was strong. Okie dokie artichokie, great description. Near black color with a small lid of light tan bubbles. Dark chocolate, roasted malts with some dark fruit and mild wood in the aromas. Full, nearly oily feel. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malts, charred wood, stewed prunes and hints of coffee. Touches of alcohol in the finish. Served in the "small" 18 oz. glass, so much for moderation. This is what a simple imperial stout should be, roasted malts, a bit chewy and a mix of dark fruit. Nice cold night libation.
This was an amazing stout. I enjoyed all 18oz of this monster. Very well made, with huge malt accents, perfectly roasted coffee and milk chocolate, huge cocoa aftertaste. Never gets imbalanced, or too dry and roasty. Aftertaste is where the wood comes through, with the smoke and vanilla. Agreed this would be wonderful for breakfast. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Very well down Imperial...nutty/burnt sugar/caramel/coffee/molasses/dried fruits....then the alcoholic bourbon flavors take over in the burning, dry aftertaste. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Thick and near black with a frothy chocolate head, this has roasted & sweet malts in the nose with cocoa, nuts, vanilla, bourbon, and a woody smoke. The mouthfeel is thick and warm with alcohol. The bourbon becomes more pronounced in the tasting, the roasted malt become stronger, the woodiness recedes, and a juicy fruitiness is added. The finish is full of boubon and fairly dry. This would be great on a cold winter night. Or for breakfast.BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
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FoBAB 2005: Opaque mostly with an initial tan head with faded quickly and left some lace. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon characteristics of vanilla bean, oak, pipe tobacco, mocha and burnt malt. Some cherry and acidic vapors as well. The taste has a alcoholic kick but is not overpowering. I got a nice smoky and malty base with light fruit and earthy tones which led to a tannic and woody dry finish. The feel is warming and lush/. A good brew but need to mellow out a bit.
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Draft @ Festival of Barrel Aged Beers: Brownish ebony. Tiny-bubbled layer of gray foam. Strong nose of bourbon soaked fruitcake with leather, alcohol, nutty coffee, and vanilla taffy whispers. Opens heavily sharp and rife with tannins and alcohol, as brisk char acts as the anchor. Pleasantly vinous with meaty port and prunes in the center. Flash of cakey malts briefly quiet the alcohol charge, but the tannins soon reenact it. Finishes with inklings of brown sugar and seared malts as tongue buckling tannins and dirty yeast notes linger. Far too alcoholic, unpolished, and one-dimensionally bourbony. Mundane and univentive. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
On tap: Great balance of roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Dark brown with no transparency and a small brown head. Lots of roasted coffee with a nice blended finish of chocolate and light bourbon. Somewhat sugary sweet overall. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Almost opaque body with barely the hint of a head. The roasted coffee and chocolate was joined by hints of cherries and a wisp of Beam and oak. Thick and rich in the mouth. The flavor was impaired by an alcohol burn. Otherwise, damned good stuff. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Headless and oily, a mesmerising swirl of haze formed atop a deep black beer with red highlights. Big alcohol in the nose with plenty of rich dark fruits. Flavor was a dark chocolate assault, complemented with bourbon and ending bittersweet with coffee grounds. Slick and oily, thick and %%%, with the ABV turning medicinal becoming the only downfall to this awesome brew. One of my favorites at FoBABIII.
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