argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2010
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit, light anise, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, orange, some grapefruit, light roast, alcohol warming. Grapefruit becomes more pronounced in both aroma and taste as the beer warms. Anise and some cherry creep in too. Grapefruit/orange hop burp. Smooth medium-full body, dangerously easy drinking. Damn, they aren’t kidding about the dry hopping. If Goose Island called this an IIBA, I couldn’t argue with them. Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bomber, courtesy of thetomG in Secret Santa Winter 10, someone else who sent me one, and I also bought a bottle at Sicilian’s in Grand Rapids. I figure I should rate this one so people stop sending it to me! Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malts, caramel, floral and citrus hops and a nutty finish. Some pretty hot alcohol notes. The taste is bitter roasted malts, caramel, nutty notes and leafy, vegetal hops with a bit of citrus. Something kinda offputting in there. Medium bodied and pretty boozy overall. Decent. Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2010
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, licorice and pine hops. Sweet licorice, toffee and molasses flavour with a hoppy finish kermis (13480) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolates, roasted malt, pine and caramel. Flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter, with an alcohol burn in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle shared by Ratman. Pours black with an average, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, raisin, alcohol, prune, and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, roasted, nutty), average hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, alcohol, prune, dates, raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, fennel, chocolate, herbs, and pine. Flavor of roasted malt, grapefruit, chocolate, licorice, toffee, pine, florals, and coffee with a dry, moderately bitter finish. Excellent! Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Draught sample at AleFest Columbus (06/27/09): The beer pours black with a medium thin light brown head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and roasted malt in the nose along with some hops. Full body with a dry and roasty character. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and hops, along with some sweet malt in the background. The finish is roasted malt with a mildly bitter dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Good overall, and I actually liked this a little more than Bourbon County. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2013 600th beer tried.
22 oz bottle, properly filled.
Pours into my snifter a thick brown/black with pretty much no light permeability. The head is small and tan receding decently fast leaving some decent lacing.
Woah, the first thing you notice in the scent of this one is the massive amount of hops. They are very tropical smelling, and very fresh smelling. The hop scents mi with the chocolate scent quite well. Under that is some caramel scents.
The flavor is sweet, almost cloying, but also hoppy. It has some herbal bitter tasting hops, the tropical doesn’t translate in the taste. It also has coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a huge dose of alcohol flavor. It is almost whiskey-like. The alcohol is very present on the palate.
It is interesting now, interestingly hoppy, but I think if it aged it could calm down a little, like BCS it is very hot and wild when fresh.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-19-2010 23:51:19
Had another bottle of a newer vintage and it was awfult. mixing the 2 scores thewolf (12597) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Voldby Købmandsgård.hopdog (12554) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours is utterly deep black with a lovely, staying, small, creamy, cappucino head. Very complex aroma, lots of hops, dark chocolate, coffee and light roasted malts. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus. Light resiny and fresh. Lowish carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel. Lots of dryness. Flavour is hoppy again, grapefruit, pine, lots of dark chocolate, coffee, mildly vinious, light liqourice. Long, lingering, warming and quite bitter finish. A very good hoppy Imperial Stout.
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of roast, floral hops, chocolate, coffee, pine, and licorice. Tastes of floral hops, roast, dark and bitter chocolate, some coffee, molasses, and coffee. Lighter alcohol in the finish but not giving away the 11+% and easy to drink.