Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
from notes: extremely well balanced while still being bold. love the smokey and bourbon-y flavor. dark malts dominate, the smoke and bourbon show up in the finish. finishes a little hot but it’s welcomed, makes it fun, makes you know you’re drinking something that’s special. superb in every way, delicious, balanced, complex. the price tag is a little high but this is one where i felt like i got every penny’s worth and i’d pay it again in a heartbeat. Brewticular (87) - - AUG 12, 2012
Highly complex with a fantastic evolution of flavor. Pours clean and leaves great lacing. As of today this is the greatest beer I have every tried. Benzai (16682) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Sampled at RBBSG. Hey! It’s my 3000th rating, yeah! Pitch black color, small light brown head. Smell malts, roasted malts, some coffee, some moccha, some alcohol. Taste roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, slightly hops and bitter, bourbon notes, moccha and chocolate. Full body, full carbo. chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle fairly aggressively poured into Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve snifters.
Pours a viscous motor oil black with a one and a half finger tan head. Huge aroma of oak, bourbon, and roasted malt. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak with hints of chocolate joined by the dense flavor of black cherries, hints of plums, and rich fig. Finishes with bold espresso notes and roastiness and a comfortable alchohol warmth. Full bodied, smooth, and even a bit of creaminess. Incredibly complex and without a doubt one of the finest barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts available.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2012
A - Pours a very dark brown-black with a half-finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with dark chocolate and roasted malts with vanilla and some dark fruits. Through the middle, the Bourbon and oak comes through with some toasted coconut and molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, and dark fruit with a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Amazingly smooth for how big and bold the flavors are. The balance is really spot on and the Bourbon comes through really nicely.
Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2012 version. Pours dark brown black with a small light brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.kryon (3846) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
The aroma is grainy dark chocolate malts with some lactose and dark fruits and some sharp alcohol.
The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate malts, dark fruits with some roast and quite a bit of vinous alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, it reminds me of Old Viscosity. I remember this being better than this sample. It’s in your face and not really well balanced. Too sweet and treacly at times, and the alcohol is too sharp for me. It’s still a good beer though.
Pours dark with low off white head
Wonderful aromas of coffee, raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, molassess...
Marvellous palate! Creamy, rich and full of espresso beans, chocolates and dark fruits. Sticky alcohol which lowers taste level. This one almost has it all!
A complete masterpiece! Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Pours black with a reddish hue, minimal tan head that disappears fast. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar, melasses, prunes and raisins. The usual imperial stout stuff, done to perfection. Taste opens with a light but thick sweetness before turning into a very rich, long bitterness before a strong alcohol finish with all those barrels incredibly present. A lingering taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Body is full, creamy and very, very pleasant. One of the best imperial stouts I've had.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone alexsdad06 (10805) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, char, dark chocolate, licorice, bourbon and what I thought was herbal hops. The flavor is big on bourbon, char, dark chocolates and licorice; additional notes of wood, vanilla and some herbal hops. Comes off a touch on the hot side, but still very tasty. Medium plus body. TheHopHeadGirl (1) - Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
better than goose island without the brandy aftertaste. did a side by side comparison at churchkey in dc. i can’t believe whole foods had the beer for under $15. this is one of my top 3 beers for sure.