PintTeam6 (2) - - JAN 7, 2018 does not count coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one pours a nice, deep, black. Just like it should be, with a name like The Abyss. Medium hard pour produces a two-finger head of dark cappucino colored foam. Retention is great and the lacing is excellent. Fully formed, solid and very sticky.
Nice. Big dark roasted barley maltiness. The oak comes through nicely, mixing with a hint of alcohol, giving a hint of bourbon-like qualities. Nice hint of dark molasses. Good dark coffee notes blend with hints of dark chocolate, bringing me back to cappucino comparisons. Light vanilla notes.
Huge presence of dark roasted malts. Big dark coffee profile. Nice vanilla sweetness, along with molasses, bringing balance. Nice presence of oak. A light touch of smokiness. Very mild notes of dark fruitiness. Hops are in there, but extremely well balanced with the rich maltiness.
Man, this tastes wonderful.
This is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Like silk across your pallette. The low level of carbonation sereves this brew very well.
Despite how big, thick and rich this one is, it is very drinkable. The beautiful level of balance make this one so enjoyable and easy to consume. The 11%ABV is so well blended into the mix, as to be hardly noticable. Just a slight warming effect.
This is exceptional.
Believe the hype!
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Black like soy sauce with a thick caramel head. Creamy mouth feel. More metallic flavor then I prefer. Not as sweet as I expected. MaBeer1972 (2204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Bomber bottle from Winco. Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a thick dark tan head and lace. Rich roasty aromas. Flavor is intense. Dark chocolate, oak, sweet molasses and licorice. Bit of woody vanilla. Earthy spice bitterness balances it well. Body is heavy. Alcohol is well masked. Opens up nicely after it warms a while. Ron (4257) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle I received from Ben and then shared with Ben, Erica and Dan. beautiful pour of an intensely black, thick liquid with a thick brownish tan head. Huge aroma of massive roastiness, molasses, peat, brandy and burnt sugar. Velvety intense flavors - burnt toast, molasses, coffee, chocolate, cherrywood. Long lasting burnt toast finish. ibrubeer (425) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 2014 Reserve bomber. Aroma is rich, roasty. Black opaque color with reddish highlights, tan head that lingers, nice lacing. Flavor is smooth, molasses, licorice, rich...awesome! Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth, nice, imperial stout! fkoolen (1400) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2017 Bottle at home, 2014 Reserve. Very very dark brown, firm creamy brown head. Bitter roasted malts with espresso, cacao up front, liquorice, then red fruits and vinous notes, bourbon boozy, vanilla. Balance is very good but not exceptional; complex still. Lingering roasted malty, btiter aftertaste. Intensely soft mouthfeel, low carbonation, good body.
scotchzombie (621) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Dark like oil. Sweet Jesus in a glass. Licorice. Molasses. Rich and tasty.
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Bottle into tulip. Strong aroma of molasses. Licorice and slight coffee notes on the palate. Alcohol evident. A little more chocolate as it warms. jhking34 (35) - - DEC 12, 2017
Cavtat and lokrum
Rade Bitange 18, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
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Serving: from 2016 bottle.
Aroma: moderate cocoa.
Appearance: large, frothy, brown initial head with good lace and mostly diminishing longevity.
Taste: heavily sweet, bourbon and chocolate initial flavor and heavily sweet, bourbon finish with average duration.
Palate: full body with syrupy texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: excellent flavor rdixon77 (3106) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Thanks Yetsko for bringing me a vintage 2012 bottle. Rich complex stout. Chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, slight smokiness. Very tasty!