shamsway (13) - - MAR 16, 2012
2012 bottle to tulip. Pours straight black with almost no head. The bit of head on top is caramel colored. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malt and alcohol. Taste is as advertised - everything a stout should be. Bitter, coffee, some chocolate sweetness and hot bourbon on the back. Easily identified for any Kentuckian. Clearly bottled with some amount of luck - as I am drinking this, Lehigh is threatening to beat Duke in the NCAA. Bourbon power!
Moderate mouthfeel. Coffee and bourbon aftertaste. I'm gonna give the other bottles a good long rest before I try them again.
Clearly better than the CBS IMO.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Jayklew (29) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle into Tulip. Pitch black with no light penetration. Aroma of coffee and chocolate, like chocolate milk. Alcohol is apparent. Poured with almost no head even with an aggressive pour. Some small amount of head clings to the glass; has great legs clinging to the side of the glass. Slightly sweet. Tastes of coffee. Not much bitterness. Strong alcohol after taste. Almost no carbonation at all. Almost gritty mouth feel, dry finish.
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Draft at Shakespeare’s Kalamazoo. Medicinal aroma. Some bourbon. Black body, virtually no head, little lace. Served super cold so needed it to warm a bit. Hides the alcohol a bit but still warming and plenty strong. Got a 12 oz pour for $10. Had this originally at Great Taste and subsequently at a friends’ 40th party. Wasn’t overly impressed the first couple of times, at least in terms of the incremental expectation over regular breakfast stout. And quite frankly my impression is similar this time. Really good beer but not one to fly 600 miles and pay $10 for. Luckily it wasn’t the only reason for the trip! Fairly boozy, which is why it’s not my favorite. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter:
Clarity does not exist here. An ominous black hole of a beer. Half a finger of chocolate head that fades out to a ring. On the nose there’s big charred wood, dark chocolate, bittersweet hops, just a subtle suggestion of coffee. Really complex and very evolving, smells quite delicious. The taste shows how unique this one is. You think of a barrel aged imperial stout and there’s a pretty standard flavor profile that comes to mind - this is not that flavor profile. Again, big charred wood, that same coffee and dark malts. The alcohol waits until the very end to show itself as it mingles with a coppery mineral after burn. This is one hell of a beer and worth the chase. I’m very anxious to see what this beer does with some time. Salud! mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Great aroma but not as potent as I expected. Appearance is a deep black and taste is complex coffee, chocolate & a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced.
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appgrad22 (29) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Chocolate, burned, toffee aroma. Very small brown head. Strong coffee taste followed by burnt then chocolate aftertaste. Slight burn in throat...gotta be the bourbon, but I don't really taste it that much. Overall, an excellent beer.
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Pitch black, opague colour with a brown head. Smells earth and chocolate. Tastes earth, chocolate, vanilla, mocca and wood. Full body, strong, perfect carbo. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 A - pours dark opaque black/brown with 1 finger tan head that disapates quickly. S - aromas of milk chocolate and dark toasted malts up front. Hints of toasted coconut, oak, coffee, vanilla. M - strong bodied, surprisingly airy. Very smooth and creamy. Lingering malty, chocolatey ending. Very subtle alcohol warming. T - burned malts, milk chocolate on the nose. Smoke, malts, molasses, toasted coconut, vanilla, fresh oak on the palate. Lingering oaky smokey chocolate and molasses, vanilla, ending. . O - very good imperial stout. Very complex and subtle. Alcohol is very well hidden. 8 DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Pours a thick black like molasses. Nice coffee aroma compliments the malty flavor profile that is about as rich and complex as they come. TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2012
What a treat from leafs! Poured a milky black and thick. Gray head that was somewhat Lacey. Aroma had a smokey scent of coffee and hint of sugar. Taste had was smoked coffee and vanilla/sugar flavor. Had a syrup mouthfeel and great way to end beers with an old ICP member