KingCecil (2094) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle @ home .. From Trade with FullObs ... Thanks Brett ...it pours jet black with a small creamy light brown head.... The aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and Dark fruits... The flavor is warming bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanillia, licorice and dark fruits.... Very nice... muffel (150) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2012
Pours very dark brown, almost black with creamy dark brown head. Very much chocolate in the aroma, also malts. One can also taste the alcohol which is why you better drink it slowly. I had it with a chocolate dessert, fits perfectly. Aftertaste is a little bitter. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 2012 bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Thanks! Pours a silky dark black color with a very little amount of beige head. Good lacing on the glass. Big tobacco and chocolate aroma along with some charred wood, marshmellow, vanilla, cherry, and bourbon. Taste has a huge tobacco taste up front which mellows when the light bourbon flavor comes in. Finish is a bit boozy with a hint of chocolate. Full body with a very sticky and chewy mouthfeel. This is a meal in a glass. The bourbon becomes more pronounced as it warms. Really well made beer and I can see how some people would love this beer. I really like it but it’s not up there with my favorites. ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Aroma: chocolate, roast malts, very nice bourbon notes, pleasant sweetness. Pours jet black, nearly opaque, thin tan head. Flavor: roast and coffee, dark chocolate, nice toffee sweetness, smooth barrel notes, alcohol is quite well hidden, enough bitterness to help balance but definitely malt focused. Fairly full body, low-medium carbonation. Really excellent brew! Natai (152) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours black with a small dark head. Aromas of oak and toasted coffee. Smooth, rich palate that starts with oak and vanilla and slowly shifts to coffee and caramel. The slightest hints of bourbon.
jahshuwuh (567) - USA - OCT 31, 2012
Thick and dark. Smells of oak, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, cherry. Strong taste, chocolate cherry syrup and a little coffee after. A lot going on, sip it slow. Enjoyed.
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Pitch black. Rich aroma of chocolate, dark malt, and roast. Flavor is much of the same, with the barrel aging coming through and a nice whiskey flavor. Whiskey warms at the finish. Very smooth, very nice. Wish this was more available. culchiem (4382) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Oil black witha thin tan head. Heavy chocolate and coffee mixed with smoked wood. Velvety texture, with vanilla and some warming whiskey in the finish Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
Insane chocolate caramel flavours, with great cool wood aged flavours. Quality FW blending, balanance and grace. Poured as a treat, and enjoyed slowly, contemplatively. Kindof understated elegance.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2012
22oz bottle from Armanetti’s. 2011 Vintage. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing throughout. Aroma is big, rich, smooth chocolates and caramels with a nice, roast and mocha backing. The bourbon and oak provides a solid addition without over-powering the big malt backing. Touches of vanilla, raisins, and a light alcohol hint. Flavor is similar. Rich, bittersweet dark chocolates up front with a good amount of roasts and caramel. The oak comes on with a lighter bourbon note as well as touches of vanilla, raisin, and licorice. Mocha, tobacco, and a bit more bourbon grows towards the end as this finishes rich, roasty, slightly ashy, and sweet with a nice bourbon warmth and dry oakiness. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, mouth coating, full body and a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a very big, bold, rich, well balanced imperial stout with a solid barrel aged character. Not the most complex, but such a nice body and really enjoyable all-around. Great stuff.