MNBeerguy42 (30) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
1L btl. Thanks James Birnie! Episode IV (2012). Nose is vanilla, oak, alcohol, liquorice. Black, slight tan head, quickly evaporated, but heavy legs left. Taste is vanilla and oak, slight boozy warmth, doesn’t burn, great balance. Palate is silky, slightly oily but not unpleasant. Whoa! So complex! Give this to a wine snob or whiskey brat and they’d be hooked. This is the most wood and vanilla I’ve ever had with a beer, after 2 yrs I think the cocoa died a bit but its there in the finish. Top 5 I’ve had maybe #2 BEENJAMIN (292) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2013
One Year Old Bottle at Home - One of my favorite Imperial Stouts! Huge bourbon, vanilla, chocolate nose. Bitter Coffee and deep cocoa flavors are washed down in viscous bitter sweet toffee like finish. A delicious barrel aged stout! Dansrc51 (76) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2013
A- dark cocoa and Carmel. Hints of spice from the barrel
Appearance- black as night, not much head as most is lost to the aging process
Taste- bitter sweet chocolate and Carmel notes with a hint of vanilla and licorice. Light bitterness from the roast grains and cocoa. The warming alcohol from the 11% and barrel aging balance the bitter from the cocoa nicely. Very very good.
Palate- comforting and satisfying with a slight lingering bitterness an warming flavors.
Overall I love this beer and as it grows in popularity it is harder to come by. Slight changes each year make it a waited addition to the cellar.
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Huge desserty nose. Vanilla, dark chocolate, huge bourbon barrel, light heat. Mouthfeel is where this really shines, possibly the fullest, most round feeling stout I’ve had. andrewje41 (4519) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2016
500 mL bottle. Huge thanks to Prufrockstar for the bottle. I owe you one. Pours a near black with a thick tan foam head. Strong chocolate aroma. Flavor is thick chocolate, smooth bourbon, light vanilla, and a easy driking,smooth finish. Top of the line stout here. Executed wonderfully. Loved it.
neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Had this on tap last June. Colour... total darkness with a tan rim for a, "head". Nose... unsulphered molasses, booze and burnt brown sugar. Palate... a slap of booze to get things rolling then caramelized sugar, bittersweet chocolate, molasses cake, coffee, black tea, smoke, oak and a looooong coffee-like finish. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle from DA. Shared this with a few buddies the other day and wow was this thing a treat. Silky and smooth with characteristics of charred oak and Belgian dark chocolate with just a hint of bourbon. I liked how all the flavors came together in a symphony of goodness on the palate. Another great one from Block 15.