superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/17/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoked meat, light char, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness; with a bit of booziness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/smoked malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, char, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, char, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and barrel flavors; with a nice roasted/sweetness/barrel flavor balance with no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barrel aged imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted/smoked malt and barrel flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted/burnt malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, & licorice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, coffee, caramel, hops, dark chocolate, and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter & boozy; Overall, not a light weight - pretty decent. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with thin, diminishing, tan head and soapy lace. Nose of smoke, chocolate, alcohol, meat, roast, caramel, slight band aid. Medium to full body, creamy body. Taste of smoke, chocolate, roasted malt. Little too much smoke for my liking but pretty good. Smooth for 12.5%. Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle- Pour is nice dark black with a nice tan head..Nose is oak, bourbon, sweetness, chocolate, roast..Taste is nice roast and smoke, nice sweet smooth vanilla, and bourbon, wet oak, caramel, fudge, cinnamon.. Damn Clown shoes bourbon beers are the tits Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Bomber. Near black with a dark tan head. Lots of wood, vanilla and bourbon. Earthy and chalky. Coats the mouth and does have a meaty flavor.
Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin head/ring. Potent, inky nose with lots of roasty booze, ashy coffee beans, chocolate, and sharp smoky wood. Sharp, boozy body, the alcohol prickly on the tongue and in the nose; lots of coffee, roast, and burnt sugars, with a huge, difficult tannic bitter finish. Lots of vanilla from the bourbon aging. Over-the-top and harsh, a weird one to review. Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
27 sept 2013, bottle. Dark brown/black. Nose is licorice, burnt toast, mild alcohol. Med/full body and moderately fizzy. Spicy, sugary, molasses, burnt toast, chocolate milk powder. Awesome!
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Oh wow. This thing is a beast. Super dark chocolate and Kahlua aromatics. The alcohol really comes throung and makes it feel a lot heavier. A bit or earthy coffee and some anise tones come out after sipping on it for a bit. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 The aroma is chocolate, licorice, salty, meaty, like bacon. The appearance is deep black, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, smoked meat, licorice. The finish is roasts, boozy, salty. Medium/thick in body. Very, very good. The smoked malts don’t give the beer a smoky quality, more of a bacon/smoked meat quality. The smoke is nice and subtle. Similarly, the barrel aging adds a nice subtle booze flavor, not overwhelming at all. dnstone (3526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Dark black in color with a tan head. Smoked chocolate cake. Rich dark roasty and smokey...like chocolate cake with a boozy edge and defined smokiness (but not too much).