after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2017 DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 Rated this in May, so it’s aged six months since bottling at this point Finally cracked open a bottle to share with my parish priest. Saw a fizzy head that, of course, disappeared quickly, almost like a Coca-Cola. Come to think of it, there could be a touch of cola in the taste. Brownish-black body with distict tastes of roasted coffee, sherry, molasses, maybe even some maple. Beautifully sweet, but not cloying. It’s a good thing we split one bottle between us, as the alcohol just sneaks up and warms you slowly… can you believe Binny’s carries this with none of those little “Staff choice” signs? Oh, well, that’s why it’s not sold out yet; more for me to buy… More? Why certainly…
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12-oz. 15 years’ bottle age. Thanks, D! How long have I wanted to try this one? Damn. Really appreciate your putting this together. Pours a sludgy, slow-moving thick and opaque matte black. Minimal burnt tan head. Seriously looks like motor oil. Big sharp prune, vodka, raisin, vodka, and vodka nose. Thick sticky hot body, nearly flat. Bites. Sharp vodka right from the attack, along with plenty of prunes and raisins. Long hot bitey finish. Even with five big drinkers well into a session by the time we cracked this, we couldn’t finish 12 ounces of it. bhensonb (15187) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
From file last updated 2010. Bottle. Pours black with slight tan head. Aroma is complicated. Full bodied. Alcohol. Treacle. Complicated flavors suggesting old things. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Poured a medium brown with no head. 12 years old at this point. Aroma was of port, dark fruits, chocolate, light roast. Flavor was similar, much more like an old English barleywine, dark fruit and chocolate and still really hot. cheap (5854) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2015 This beer ROCKS! Had this at the 2014 RB Pittsburgh Summer Gathering at Horny Devil’s place. Actaully it was after the equinox at the beginning of fall, but DILLIGAF. Big thanks to James & Michelle for hosting such a nice spread of quality beers and for this particular beer a GIANT thanks goes out to beerman6686. Was not expecting much but what I got was shades of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin) or O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 - 2008) - good stuff. Smelled like old, real old merlot. Big and black on the appearance with no head. Yes, a fine refined taste of well aged barley wine. A little hot on the back of the throat but that is of no consenquense. Reminds a bit of fine aged wine or sherry. Smooth and easy. Overall, a nice brew to start the tasting event off with. Yes, much better than expected. Yummy, actually. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark cola color, slightly translucent. No head. Completely flat at this point. Aromas of fig raisin caramel alcohol. Taste is sweet with a ton of heat still. Reminiscent of a big barleywine. Oxidation. Decent for what it is.
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Big time Booze but drinkable considering. Easily the biggest stout I’ve ever had. Felt like I drink a pint whiskey straight after this one. Gotta try it once. Aniela (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with no head. Malty, dried dark fruits, chocolate, leather, salty, vinous aroma. Malty, dried dark fruits, vinous, leather and chocolate flavour. stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Incredible sweet and boozy. Thin looking pour, fast fading head. Roasty malts and alcohol on the palate. Good, but tastes like a schanpps. RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours pitch black. Aroma is caramel, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is SWEET, easily the sweetest beer I’ve ever tasted, but somehow not terrible. Not a shred of bitterness, almost no roasted notes. Almost no carbonation. I would possibly sip on this again. ben4321 (6500) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Location: Bottle at Paul’s Blind Impy Stout Tasting, 1/5/13, Imperial Stout Rating #100
Aroma: The nose is really sugary and sweet, with some caramel, toffee, and chocolate as well
Appearance: The pour of this beer is brown-black in color with absolutely no head or lace
Flavor: The taste is also just super sweet, a little oxidation, and just more sweetness on sweetness
Palate: The body is on the thicker side, with less heat then expected, and a bunch of stickiness
Thanks Paul! It was really cool to try this 10 year old bottle, and honestly was probably one of the highlights of the tasting for me, despite the fact that it was so sweet that it bordered on being hard to drink. I’m still really glad to have had a chance to try it.