MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Thanks Ryan for the beer last night. Pours black with dark tan foam. Not as much lacing as I would have expected. In general this Imperial Stout isn’t as thick and heavy as many others of the same style. Notes of prunes, raisins, figs, dates, and other dried fruits. Plenty of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, and mocha as well. Very complex with tons of flavor. I liked that the beer had great complexity, but I was hoping for just a touch more weight and richness. I’ve had better bourbon barrel stouts, but this is still really really good. Very difficult to get here in Middle TN. rosenbergh (11957) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle. From Malmö, Sweden.Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Black colour with small to average brown head.
Coffee, roasted malt, some bitterness, mild alcohol, molasses and chocolate in aroma. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, sweet sugar, bitter hops, ask and burned malt. Warming. Slightly thinnish and one dimentional but gets better when warms.
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit (notably cherries & prunes), and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, great aroma - pricey but excellent stout. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750ml bottle I picked up during my travels in NY. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of green pepper. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel was thin for this big of a beer, but there was enough bourbony goodness to still this quite the nice sipper. Overpriced? Yeah maybe. Still a very well made stout. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750mL corked and caged bottle, shared by Rich, enjoyed on Christmas eve. Pours thick, dark brown, and viscous, with a 2-finger dark brown head. Aromas of spicy oak, pine, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and ethanol. The flavor is rich, buttery oak, cocoa, espresso, chocolate, and vanilla. Medium carbonation, creamy, and very smooth. Wow; really smooth and velvety, and a really exciting surprise. Thanks Rich!
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Used this beer to warm me up after digging out from the Day After Christmas Blizzard of 2010. Over two feet of snow, over three on parts of my driveway with the drifts. I earned this one. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Heavy aroma of bourbon and vanilla, with some nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a sweet vanilla taste with a gentle bitter layer to balance it out. Nice chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes through the finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Could use a bit more body on this, but otherwise a wonderful complex IS. irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Rich burnt oaken stout tastes like a good scotch. Smooth chocolate and coffee flavors are accented by the aged bourbon and are followed with a caramel vanilla finish. Excellent imperial stout selection. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Sean and my Dad on the day after Christmas. Pours a cola brown opaque with a full, rich tan head. Slight lacing. Aroma of vanilla, honey, fresh malted barley, oats, and sweet bourbon. Medium bodied with a soft, relaxed palate. Slightly boozy on the finish. Overall, decent stout. Definitely overrated. paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Brooklyn Black Ops
750mL brown bottle (caged & corked)
I was lucky to get a good size taste of this at the Great Orlando Beer Fest.
A: poured into a tasting glass. pours a pitch black obsidian color with a deep rich tan head with an amazing retention level and excellent lacing.
S: amazing rich roasted malts in this with a wonderful vanilla and cherry aroma from the oak. chocolate, caramel, and coffee.
T: its like an angel pissing on your tongue. So much chocolate and coffee form the roasted malts followed by that wonderful vanilla and cherry oak flavor.
M: smooth and buttery mouthfeel, with a hidden 10% abv. crisp and clean tasting. solid carbonation level.
D: unbelievable, and a hard brew to come by. Garrett Oliver has no limitations. Could be the best beer I have ever tasted.
Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2010
So I take my final exam and I have no completed my MBA at Fordham this is cause to celebrate, so I walk to whole foods to pick myself up a treat. This beautiful black bottle that I have heard about for so long is staring at me from display, I quickly grab and hurry him home. Pours jet black with huge head that looks like a coffee milkshake I wish it never dissapeared. Good lacing. The nose was of cola, toffee and pine needles. The taste was plenty of bourbon but alsoe dark chocolates, tobacco, caramel, vanilla, and smoke. Its creamy and dry and boozy on the finish. This was a treat indeed.