crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Today me and my friend did a side by side of this an BCS.
Pours pitch black with hints of brownish reddish edges. Has a pretty active caramel colored head that rises to the top of my Duvel glass.
Has a good bourbon oak scent, not as intese as the BCS but good nonetheless. There are also hints of molasses and vanilla.
The mouthfeel isn’t as thick as others but the flavors are the standard, nice oak and bourbon flavors mix with layers of malt and chocolate bitterness. I have a cut on my lip and it is burning from this alcohol, though the alcohol doesn’t make a huge presence in the flavor.
This is a great ass barrel aged stout, may not be the pinnacle of the style but it is worthy if you can get ahold of it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2009 03:45:59 phaleslu (10332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
2005 bottle shared by dbsdelight at the Big Black Beer Bash 2011- thanks again, Dan the Man! I was thrilled to see this after being unsuccessful in tracking one down to match up with my Barrel Aged one. Weird that this one is so much rarer. Anyway, it pours a deep, dark cloudy brown, opaque in the middle, with a minimal tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toast, and roasted malts. Flavor follows along the same lines, with baker’s chocolate moving into dark fruits, caramel, and toast, and once again finishing with some roasted malt and coffee notes. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, sweet mouthfeel. This has held up really well for being almost 6 years old. Glad I had the opportunity to try this really nice imperial stout. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Chocolate and coffee on the nose with a strong bourbon note. Pours black with an off white head. Bourbon upfront with oak flavors and vanilla with chocolate malts, a little thin and there’s a very mild tartness. Not bad. Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle 650 ml Sammy (12361) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
Aroma clean dark roast , molasses , deep darkness , top made of alcohol. Neat. 7+
Appearance dark brown , minimal carbonation. Medium beige top.
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied with frontal fine carbonation. Dark earthy black malt , roast. Chewy mid dark character , hint of cocoa. Good clean Imperial stout.
Pours black with a big soapy head. Spider webs of lace. Roasty aromas, bold taste, mostly coffee. A bit astringent.Decent enough RIS, thanks Radek.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2010
RIch and dark burnt malt backbone. Deep chocolate with strong wooded highlights. Some deep roasted coffee beans, somewhat vanilla and mossy. Grassy hops with slight citrus presence. Really well done. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Black with good head. I love stouts and this was a good stout so I loved it. Would like to have one again if it was given to me free like this one was. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
2004 bottle drank in 2005. Definitely has been one of FS’s stronger points. Pours straight black with tiny tanned hints and a dark tan head. Mediumly thick aromas of sweet burnt malts, coffee, and roast. Notes of much of the same in the flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A standard in Impy Stouts, not mind blowing, but damn good, especially when it was first being brewed. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22oz bottle (’05 Reserve)-Poured a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, sweetness, and some vanilla. Taste of the same with a bit of smokiness coming through. This full bodied brew kicks butt. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Sweet coffee oak and bourbon nose. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet chocolate, coffee and oaky vanilla taste.