taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Draft @ GABF. Pours pitch black with generous tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol and dark fruits. Taste was filled with licorice, malt, coffee and molasses. Huge mouthfeel with long finish. RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a thick, disgustingly delicious blackness that can only be compared to a black hole. Nice 1.5" mocha colored head that fades slowly with a lot of sticking left behind :) Molasses but not DL molasses. I don’t know much about the stuff but this is different than that. Fudgey with a nice whiskey nose [from the barrel]. Prunes or some other dark fruit is present and bringing in the rear of aromas. Thick, rich and nasty (in a good way). This is one bad Larry! The thickness has an eruption of chocolate, molasses and whiskey oak. A very good and slightly bitter combo! Feels nice and heavy but goes down so smooth you can’t tell your about to be attacked by some serious flavors. A must pick up and try! Have one, have two. This is one damn damn great beer. It’s up there with the DL and Kate IMHO. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 2008 bottle. Pours black with big head . Aroma is dark fruit, molasses,
cocoa. Flavor is nicely complex. Carbonation is a little more than
other big RIS. Super lacing. Mouthfeel is lush, smooth, and lingers
forever like a fine stout should &#40;but not many do&#41; with bitter chocolate
aftertaste. ABV is well hidden but definitely warms the tummy. Not hot at
all. I think this will age very well. I’m not a big licorice fan and was
concerned but I didn’t really notice much. Hint of bourbon but not a lot,
which is fine - there’s something to said for moderation and complementary
flavors. This is a truly delicious beverage. ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Some bourbon comes through in the aroma, especially as it warms-not in a harsh way though. Liquirioce-in finish as well. Very low carb, liquid smooth, very rich and velvety. Nice chocolate in the finish with a pleasant chalkiness. A really good hop/malt bitterness. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2008
2007 batch. (Accidentally frozen, oops, and then unaccidentally thawed. Seems no worse for wear! oily dark black brown with a medium tan thin head. Deep dark sweet roast. Very much round, mostly roast. A big piny hop note seems to pop into the roast and alcohol. Anise perhaps? Luxurious mouthfeel. Slick, viscous with lower carbonation. Some serious substance. Big brash bold impy stout. Huge roast, murky dark sweetness. Alcohol, piny hops. Licorice. If there is oak, it is very sublte and bourbon seems absent other than some hints of vanilla. Really a lovely beer. Subtle and bold where it ought to be!
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 08 Batch, Tap @ their Portland spot... Poured black with a thin, brown head. Was served in snifter that pleasantly forced the aromas in my face; which consisted of liquor, roasted barley-malt and was a little musty. Really thick palate that had a lot of carbonation and an acidic sting that attacked the back of my tongue. Tasted of vanilla with a little bit of hops and roasted flavors. It had become surprisingly dry towards the finish which did a great job balancing. Other amaretto flavors which kept the sweetness consistent and easy to savor. jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours like motor oil with thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and dark fruits. Taste of dark fruits, molasses, hops, and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel. No signs of bourbon in the nose or in the taste. Was expecting much more due to the hype and it was just OK. Pretty ordinary compared to other oak aged beeers.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Re-rate on 2009 Bottle Original rating was 3.7......
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a fluffy cap of tan foam.
Aroma: Big roasty malt, chocolate,spicy hops, anise, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla.
Taste: Burnt and roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak and spicy hops.
Overall: I enjoyed this much better than the last bottle I had, that was 1 year old. This is definitely on the sweet side for an Imperial Stout. HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared with biegaman, via trade with Irishboy. Thick-looking, near-opague ruby-black pour, smallish tan frothy head. Deep roast coffee/cocoa, bitter, herbal, slight treacle. Taste - same, bitter, thick, treace-ly, some syrup, hint of cola - no oak or borbon or anything at all - strong, but subdued - blended and impy-ish. Slick, roasty, mild carbonation, bitter-burnt finish. Lovely, well-done, not over the top, woody and silky - well done. kallay (3) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
Sampled at GABF for the first time. Probably the most orgasmic first encounter with a beer I’ve ever had!
A - Dark brown/almost fudge-like, with a rich 3-fingered head of tan.
S - A walnut brownie dunked in a cup of espresso.
T - Dark flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dusty cocoa.
M - Full bodied, goes down like melted pudding, but with nice acidity.
D - Seriously, like someone melted your favorite decadent dessert and married it with a mellow stout.
I cannot remember being blown away by a first impression like this in quite awhile.