deanso (10293) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle sampled at Kermis’s birthday tasting.
Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Minty coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Lovely JoeMcPhee (10140) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
My first beer upon arriving in Grand Rapids for RBSB 2010. Deep black pour. The nose is intensely rich and cocoaish. Bright milk chocolate and a lot of sweet vanilla and bourbon as well. Rich and intensely whiskyish. A fairly spicy rye-like note along with a kiss of licorice. Vanilla and caramel through the middle. Very, very tasty. Rich, complex, and damn tasty.
JorisPPattyn (10122) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2012
Darker tan head over brownish, virtually black beer, orange sidelines; some lace. Ink, chocolate, walnut((peel) or pecan, coffee, mocha. Bitterish, very roasted/burnt and again (roasted) nutty flavours. Bourbon remains in the background, with very faint vanilla. Ink, walnutpeel returning, breadcrust, bitter chocolate. Even more nuts in the finish (hazelnut, pecan). Very viscous, oily, even a buttery feel (not flavour). Alcohol/heat, certainly warming up a bit. Definitely a good, if certainly not spectacular beer. And even more definitely the last time I pay 80 Euros for a bl***y bottle of beer! gyllenbock (10035) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2018
On tap at Akkurat. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, coffee and maple syrup. The same in the taste. Really sweet but still balanced and smooth to drink. The body was full and the finish long with well hidden alcohol.
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 12oz courtesy of badnewsbeers. Pours a mostly flat deep brown- very thick and deep brown to black coming out of the bottle. Has a powerful nose full of rich kopi leuwak coffee, maple glazed barbecue, beef brisket, smoke, anise, pork, sweet caramel. Maple is very subdued and I wouldn’t pick it out necessarily. Taste is sweet, not too thick as I would have imagined, full of dark fruits, but is a little bit cloying overall. Medium to light mouthfeel. Disappointing. 6/16/2010 8/4/7/4/14=3.7
mabel (10003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a near pitch black- more like a muddy deep ruby with a super thick, rich, creamy, reddish brown head that has excellent retention, beautiful reverse cascade, and giant sheety lace. Aroma is coconut, rather muted overall, Taste is a bit hot, very bitter, raw cocoa, unsweetened dark chocolate, some spicy oak, lots of bourbon character coming through rather than what I would describe as "maple". Little to no coffee character that I remember from handbottle samples. Palate is slick, a bit oily. Much more in your face bourbon and oak than KBS or FBS. 8/13/2010 7/5/8/4/15=3.9
Tap at Paradiso Dupont (different keg). Pours a super deep ruby that looks almost ink black in the glass. Very small brown head develops eventually that leaves scant lacing. This batch is very coffee forward, very rich, very creamy, very soft. Extremely easy to drink. Still no maple character but an incredible coffee stout. I’ll admit; I’ve been lucky enough to have now about 5 entire snifters of this stuff and it’s starting to grown on me. That or I’m just getting more drunk and thus more easily impressed. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 [6624-20140815] Bottle. Sweet roasted grains aroma has a hint of spices. Black cola brown body with a quick foamy tan head. Minty chocolate roasted grains flavour has a weird liqueur thing. Full body. Glad to try but a bit odd. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2014
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)
[9962B-20171229] Tap. Fragrant coffee roasted sweet malty Tootsie Roll syrup aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy brown head. Sweet roasted caramel chocolatey syrup and boozy whisky notes in the flavour. Full body. Delicious, very roasty and sweet. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(@ Arabella Park, Kitchener, ON)
750ml bottle - big thanks to Jay A. for sharing this! Split with b3shine and danielcoor. Bottle has kind of a higher fill... Maybe this has aged better than other examples? Very dark brown / red color. Thin bubbly dark brown head. Dots of lace. Big coffee in the nose. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter, creamy carbonation. Very nice chewy texture to it. Kind of dry in the finish. Dark chocolate, whipped cream, coffee, and some nice maple syrup still. Just light hints of oxidization. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, just a very light acidic bite - not sure if that’s the coffee or the age, giving that light bit of bitter acidity. Definitely getting way better as this warms up, holy shit. Super creamy, velvety smooth texture to this. Big chewy oat character coming out a ton. Awesome vanilla coffee notes, good oats, maple. Wow. Glad I got a bigger sample of this, just so much complexity and awesome flavors playing together. Maple syrup way more now. Looks very good for an aged imperial stout, I’m tempted to raise appearance to a 5. Incredible stuff, wow. Wasn’t expecting to rate this so highly (especially for a not fresh example - though it was stored cool), but it really is incredibly impressive. Looking for criticisms, maybe just some very light hints of molasses, but I have to look for them. blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted malty and sweet aroma with nice molasses notes. The flavor has roasted malts, coffee, maple syrup, a hint of smoke, and really light hoppy notes in the finish. Super smooth. Awesome awesome stuff. douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
An awesome rarity thanks to ditmier at Toby’s tasting, thanks Eric. Pours a pure black color with no light getting through, a small head. The aroma was dominated by rich milky coffee notes, some sweetness was noticed and a bit of wood. The flavor was great; the coffee was strong as ever, but the powerful syrupy goodness was sweet and very noticeable. Vanilla and wood as well. A great beer. Wow! Number 1,400. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Light bourbon and light maple aroma with caramel. Maple and bourbon flavor with rich sweet malt and caramel/toffee. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and maple lingers with rich sweet malt.