Ktwse (4897) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2017 Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dense coal-black with a thin, wispy, mocha head on top. The nose is rich and sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, chocolate, charred toast. Really nice. With a beer this big, I like a bit of depth in the feel. This one delivers. Heavy full-mouth with ample carbonation to back it up. Rich, velvety feel with an easy finish. There’s so much going on in this beer, it’s hard to stay focused. The vanilla makes a showing, but it is fleeting at best. The sweetness instead comes from the semi-sweet chocolate and toffee character. With such a small percentage of this seeing the bourbon barrels, I’m not surprised that that is downplayed as well. Mild spiciness on the back end, and a slight tart kick to finish this one out. Fantastic beer. One I was glad to trade for, and one I will hunt down again.
Finally! This has been one of those long-time-coming beers... I’ve wanted to try it for probably ten years, and for some reason, the opportunity just hasn’t arisen. Until tonight, that is... As serendipity would have it, decided to visit a second Binny’s while in Chicago - and they had one bottle left... there you go.
As for the beer itself... well, it pours black with a beautiful head, about two fingers thick and deep tan, gradually dissipating and turning a lighter tan. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, molasses, muscovado, light bourbon barrels. Very balanced, very smooth. Taste is slightly tarty, almost berry-like, immediately up front before turning into a rich roasty finish. As I try this, I realize it will probably evolve incredibly well given a couple of years. In that way it reminds me of a richer Expedition Stout. But as it stands, it’s still a very drinkable, very big, imperial stout! LearninBeer (598) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2017
2016 Reserve. The aroma is malt, chocolate, nuts, licorice. Pours thick black with tan creamy head mostly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is medium sweet then a medium/heavy bitter. WOW! The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long and bitter. This is a FRICKIN DAMN GOOD BEER!!! hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2017
Black in appearance with a brown head. Flavors of cocoa, alcohol, roast, slight burnt and vanilla. Adamsville (340) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2017
Niall73 (2432) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2017
Apparence : Noire, beau col brun foncé, carbonatation moyenne entretenant un col qui s’estompe laissant une légère dentelle.
Nez : Chocolat noir, torréfaction, réglisse noire, mélasse, vanille en arrière-plan et présence de notes de bois brûlé.
Goût : Chocolat noir, belle présence d’esters d’alcool, réglisse noire moins présente qu’au nez, première gorgée présentant une amertume herbacée en finale qui s’éteint au fil des gorgées. Équilibre des saveurs et arômes au final.
Sensation : Bonne densité, effervescence douce, bonne longueur en bouche.
Bref : Agréablement surpris par celle-ci. Difficile d’être surpris par une bière jouissant d’une telle renommée me direz-vous, mais la version m’avait laissé sur une impression d’amertume brûlée trop prononcée en finale, venant quelque peu gâcher le reste. Même chose pour la Black Butte XVIII. Celle-ci m’a paru plus équilibrée et, pour moi, plus intéressante. Juste la bonne quantité de sucre pour ne pas tomber dans la décadence.
Bottle 2015 Reserve. Pours a very dark reddy coke colour with a tan head. Big dark fruit, treacle, with prunes, rum, char... medium to full body, light to medium carb. Lots of rum raisin, vanilla, prune, toffee, woody... its a bit thin, but it's tasty. Not all that though. Just a good impy.
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AdmiralVernon (1195) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2017
2012 A: Pitch black with a nice one finger brown head N: Ash, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, liqourice root T: Ash, hint of plum, liqourice(!), liqourice root, oak, coffee, hint of berries(?) O: Quite liqourice root forward and very nice balanced smokiness! Nice! MavDunk (105) - - MAY 14, 2017
On tap to snifter. Pours jet black with rapidly receding tan head. Big aroma of coffee with subtle vanilla and some chocolate. Taste follows. Heavy coffee with bitter cocoa. A little boozy warming aftertaste. Very good imperial stout. Darwenus (1139) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2017
It sounds like a slight, or maybe a back-handed compliment, to say that this beer is not different from a whole bunch of other barrel aged imperial stouts. But it’s a style that I love when it is done well, and it’s done well here. This beer pours black with a little bit of tan head. There is heavy licorice on the aroma, along with the usual oak/vanilla barrel notes and an herbal quality. The flavor adds some bitter malt/baker’s chocolate stuff to that mix, and it all goes down very smoothly. There is nothing about this that I don’t like. Hammy78 (973) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle from Kensington wine market in Calgary. Pours midnight black with a creamy brown head with slightly reddish hues. Nose is sweet, vanilla, toffee, fudge, barrel, whiskey, coffee, roast. Tastes sweet, bitter, brown sugar, hot abv bite. This is a dynamite brew, can’t believe I gave a bottle away. can8ianben (1554) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2017
It took me a long time to get to this one, but it was worth the wait! Huge complex profile and rich depth of flavor. It isn’t just coffee or chocolate, there’s some other sticky sweet notes here, and just enough bitterness to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is thick enough to coat your tongue. It’s amazing.