KansaiBeerLvrs (5363) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle of the 2013 thanks to gnashville. A dark cola pour with ruby highlights. Sweet, oaky vanilla aroma a bit boozier. Sweet meaty dark candied fruits a bit of heat and a solid bourbon character. This has more of a barrel character than the 2014.
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2014 is a bit paler but has a thicker head of foam. The aroma is sweet malty, nutty, it had heat that burns my nostrils somewhat. It tastes much simpler than the 2013, lots of heat and some slick sweet oakiness. It seems more sugary than the 2013.
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For me the 2013 is the clear winner.
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
This devious Imperial Stout shares plenty of molasses and dark chocolate before light fruitiness and alcohol heat sneak up on you.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the blackness.
-Aftertaste is a decadent blend of chocolate-y malt sugars and alcohol warmth.
-The subtle fruitiness is reminiscent of blueberries.
-The mouthfeel is rich and supple.
2014 bomber from CANBIF 2014. Black with a light brown head that fades to a faint ring. Charred malt, chocolate, some anise, slightly boozy but considering its 14.6 not too overwhelming, semi-sweet on the aroma (becomes overwhelming on the palate though), light oak, mild carbonation and moderate+ body, bit of a burn on the finish. Would like to try this with a bit of time on it. Tasty though. stantheman (1098) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 A 650 ml bomber at Bitter in Vancouver, split with a friend. This is the 2014 version, if anyone’s counting. Pitch black, minimal tan head. Unable to get much nose here, but sweet and fruity. Chocolate and licorice notes abound. Very sweet and fruity for a stout. It’s an imperial, but not your everyday imperial. Very rich and smooth overall. A bit like a good port, essentially. Very nice!
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
Update: The 2017 version on tap at Rogue Gastown in Vancouver, served in a heavy goblet. Granted this is the 2017 version, I've revised my opinion on this beer. In spite of the barrel aging I find it a tad inferior for an impy stout, my benchmark being the non barrel aged version of Old Rasputin by North Coast Brewing.
That owes an explanation so here's why. The richly roasted malts just aren't there. It's tepid on flavor and the body is thin. Not a train wreck, just decidedly mediocre for an impy stout. 3.5
2013 bomber. Pours a low, bubbly khaki head atop a very deep brown. Cap fades pretty quickly. Aroma is pretty much all malt with a hint of bourbon. Licorice dominates the aroma, raisin, wood, alcohol, some coffee. When 2013 was released, it was super boozy. I've had a few since then just to see how it's resting. Could use another year at least. Really needs to calm down. Taste is very sweet, with the sightings of great bitterness that follow. The malts coat the mouth heavily, and the only reprieve is a good dryness. It's been better previous releases, but this one may turn out to be great with a few more years under the stairs.
Ungstrup (38383) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2014
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and liquorice. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, and dark chocolate, leading to a dry finish. joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle at Alex.
Pitch black coloured with a fast disappearing beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and licorice.
Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and dark chocolate.
Sweet and roasted finish. fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2016 yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
2016-09-11, same vintage (2013), 3+ years old, 8-4-9-4-18+43
The age has mellowed out this brew, has softened the edges, without weakening any trait; sweet dark chocolate with bourbon, leather and tobacco. Warming alcohol.
2013-11-15, Winter 2012/2013, vintage 2013, one year old, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Pitch black color, small head. Strong aroma of roasted malt, whiskey barrel, raisins, light vanilla, some alcohol, tobacco, leather; complex. Thick and heavy body; round mouthfeel; it has a strong flavor of roasted malt and chocolate; the vanilla and Bourbon is very strong too; it has some liquorice and leather; medium to strong bitterness, with sharp alcohol presence, yet not boozy.
22 fl oz bottle, Imp Stout #1000. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty. Caramelish. Breadish. Bitter, sweet and dark malty. Bitter and toasted malty finish. tom10101 (6263) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle (650 ml). 2012 vintage. From gothgargoyle, thanks! Black with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and very light bourbon presence. Taste is moderately sweet with roasted malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate and alcohol. Again, the bourbon presence is really mild. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Not very complex for a bourbon barrel aged RIS, but not offensive either. The bourbon is really hard to find. A tad too boozy. Ok RIS.