Oakes (19027) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2017 ACHops (1665) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Deschutes PDX. Pours super blackish brown with thin mocha head. Aroma is boozy chocolate, figs, raisins, and sweet rich roasty malt. Taste is huge slightly charred dark roasted malt with big cocoa and espresso on the finish. Notes of fig, jammy raisin, oak, port, and chocolate syrup. A bit hot, you easily notice the 11+% abv. Fair though, this beer is fresh and needs some age on it. Only a bit of barrel-aged notes come through. Deschutes has really cranked this up recently, they should be careful as they’re getting close to Abyss with this. On the other hand, maybe they have to keep cranking up Abyss to keep pace... one can only hope. Without tasting them side-by-side, this is an improvement on XXIV. Time for a vertical??
Draught @ Beer Junction. Dark brown. Nutty, soy sauce, little bit of brown sugar...barrel, lots of that. Soft, sweet, rich barrel with just a touch of alcohol. Complex and rich. HenryXXX (238) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2017
Nose is more biscuit, licorice and subtle cocoa nibs. Pallet is date, licorice, coca nibs and bourbon.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Tide (4503) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2017
Draught at Belmont Station. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, wood, dark fruits, licorice, a bit of chocolate and oak. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, oak, dark fruits, licorice and a bit of chocolate. Magnificent imperial stout. dnstone (3589) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Poured black in color with tan head. Moderately thin body with light mouthfeel. Roast dominance with dry fruit shinning through and moderately sweet, but the roast really lingers. Sweet roasted aroma.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone AirForceHops (7909) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Got this is a trade quite awhile ago. Lost track of it. No matter, it still is really great. Aroma of weak bourbon on top of figs, sugar coated currents, raisins, and oak.
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2016
No oxidation is found which is very impressive. The bourbon portion of the blend preserved it nicely. Mild roasted backbone, oak, chocolate, vanilla hints, plenty of dark fruit. Nice.
Tasted on 9/22/16 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle purchased some time ago. Pours clear, deep brown, with a very thick brown head that slowly recedes to average, uneven lace. The nose is brown sugar, molasses, dates, figs, vanilla cola, some charred oak, coffee, fudge brownie, maple, with some alcoholic heat. The flavor is even more fruity fig, black currant, date, along with plenty of vanilla cola, maple, caramelized brown sugar, fudge brownie, and coffee bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation, and a long fruity, chocolatey, bourbon, and somewhat bitter finish. Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle from Moscow Wine Shop. Stored 3 years in basement. dfearnley (2342) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
Aroma: Dark chocolate, tempered bourbon and vanilla, dark berry, dark cocoa and Italian roast coffee.
Palate: Full-bodied that has lost most of it’s baby fat.
Flavor: Much like the nose.
Comment: Rich yet the berries seem to lighten the body and adds interest so that it is not just a chocolate and coffee bomb. One of the best imperial porters.
Bottle to tulip SpringsLicker (3682) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Consummation: Creme brule, toasted malt, booze, dark fruits,
Adjunct: Strong caramel, rye, dark fruit, creme brule; thick, oily, and sticky; nicely done
Black with a small tan head. jsquire (4622) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Aroma of coca powder.
The flavor has bitter chocolate and roast malt. A bit of tartness with the sweetness reserved for the finish.
Dark beer with a big aroma of dried fruit and chocolate covered cherries. This is a big, complex beer with lots of chocolate, dried cherries, bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, and a warming cherry cordial finish. The ABV sneaks up on you. Very nice, full flavored dessert beer.