RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (36473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
A deep red beer with a fast dying light brown head. The aroma is sweet alcoholic and malty, combined with notes of chocolate. The flavor is sweet malty with primary notes of chocolate, leading to a dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (16609) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, sugar, licorice and booze. Flavour is quite boozy, with licorice, some oak - finishing boozy and oaky. The booze and oak cancels out any other complexity this beer may have otherwise had. Just drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bomber poured a translucent reddish black with a small,diminishing brown head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, bakers chocolate and some dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a faint hint of licorice with a slightly astringent, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
(draft) Creamy tan head atop a body that is black with red highlights. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, coffee, some roasty. Taste is rich, moderately sweet, chocolate, roasty, light cherry, with a bit of alcohol burn in the swallow. Full creamy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and toasted marshmallow. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla and some dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12596) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06 (2005 Bottle): Jet black color with a thick light brown head with good retention. Nice rings of lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, with caramel and dark fruit in the background. Full body with a pleasant roasted character. Malt, caramel and chocolate flavors are balanced by an underlying coffee bitterness. The finish is dry and mildly bitter coffee and hops. I would definitely like to try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (12255) - 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 isnt 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 doesnt 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11839) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Date: 03/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

black, thin fine brown head that can be easily revived, sweet bourbon aroma, rich bourbon flavor with lots of sweet vanilla, a bit fumey
-------- /> Date: 04/29/2006
Source: tasting

picking up a lot of rich chocolate flavor to balance out the bourbon,
-------- /> Date: 05/20/2006
Source: tasting

lots of sweet vanilla in the aroma, nice ripe dark fruit character,
-------- /> Date: 09/21/2006
Mode: bottle

tons of hot bourbon flavor in the first sip, all the sweet vanilla and chocolate from prior samples but over shadowed by the bourbon this time around, the bourbon never slows but the rest almost catch up, a bit of bitterness from the oak
-------- /> Date: 03/22/2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006

Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Overall: lots of sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma balanced with rich chocolate, light bitterness,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9926) - 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 bakers 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.

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