CObiased (544) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2017 peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with off-tan head. Nose features brettanomyces characteristics (dark fruits, slightly sour) some sweetness, and a subdued roasted characteristic. The mouth is barrel forward with vanillins and tannins. As it warms a bit of fruit comes out. Cherries, and cherry flavor from the brett are a nice balance to the barrel flavors.
500ml bottle (2yrs old) - it pours a dark espresso brown with a thin frothy brown head. Great roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and tart cherry. A mouthful reveals upfront roasty flavor and subtle complexities of brandy, tart cherry, cocoa and a hint of booze. ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2017
Dark, black, and very roasty. A very dry stout, lots of roastiness and a ton of chocolate finish. DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
Bottle, at the brewpub. Very dark brown, fairly high carbonation leads to a lively bubbly brown head that leaves a mess of lace. Bitter chocolate and sour cherries, ashy and woody undertones. Moderate acetic sourness plays well against the full bodied rich roast, and the fruit is just right. Very well done. slowrunner77 (12810) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Soft aroma of sour cherry, roast, vanilla and oak. Flavor is similar. Oddly lactic qualities kind of at odds with the stout portion, but it was ok. Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Pours black with fairly tall tan head. Aroma of dark berries, cherries, mild chocolate. Taste is mildly cherry tart with a roasty and chocolate-y finish. Body medium to full and fairly smooth with soft to average carbonation.
katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Very tart for what it should be. However, still good. Some sour cherry scent. The unmistakable imperial is present, but only a touch. Chocolate is dark and bitter and really just a little bit. Tap. drjay44 (3829) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Draft. Pours a slowly collapsing, beige, head, with minimal lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 40) body......nose is heavy roasted malts, with cocoa, chocolate, coffee, mild dried fruits with plum, raisin, dried cherry, minimal oak, hints of herbal hops......taste is moderately sweet, with molasses tones, dried fruits, plum, raisin, cherry, coffee, chocolate, mild vanilla, slight oak with light whiskey tones, finishing with moderate roasted malt and hop bitterness.......mouth feel, sticky heavy of medium body, noticeable alcohol warmth, moderate carbonation. This is a nicely made Imperial Stout. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7 MetalNHopHead (2185) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 1, 2016
"I feel your presence amongst us / You cannot hide in the darkness" - "Cirice" by Ghost. Destihl’s love of generally funky things appears even in this big ass Imperial Stout. Cerise pours black with a rich layer of foam. Just a hint of tart cherry within the roasty and malty charred barley aromas. There’s a bit more sour cherry in the flavor. It gives this beer a slight Belgian note but in most other respects this seems like big, bitter American Imperial Stout. According to my tasting scrawl it’s "full-fucking-bodied." It does feel larger than its stated 11% ABV. Really interesting overall. HuskerTan (2398) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 28, 2016
A- Cocoa, roasty.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Subtle peppers, cocoa, roasty.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, roasty finish.
O- A bit bland for such a big beer. Not much happening other than roasted cocoa. italianjohn (3254) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Black pour with a thin khaki to tan head and sticky lacing .... Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, light cherry and some tobacco .... Taste is of cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, light cherry notes, light smoke and tobacco .... Dry and lightly sweet .... Has a dry chalky cocoa finish and dry sweet notes .... Bourbon barrel isn’t non-existant