Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
18 nov 2012, tap at Haymarket Pub. Black. Nose is sweet coffee, huge alcohol, toasted caramel. Full body and faintly fizzy. Competing flavors. Big butter dark chocolate beside vanilla and caramel and alcohol. Like a mix of a barley wine and a stout. Wow. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. Surprised at the strength of the port barrel here. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head, iodine film on the glass. Nose is dark fruit, tart raisin notes and booze. Lots of cocoa as well. On tasting, super smooth and the port stands out. Sweet raisin notes with a bolstering bitterness to support it all. Rich and full bodied. Pretty awesome iteration, imo. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Snifter pour at the source. Never got a chance to try this at fobab... Pours a deep silky solid dominant black consistency, fairly homogenous throughout, and topped with a thin medium to dark khaki head gently reducing down to a wispy film. Reddish undertones develop towards the edges after a little bit is consumed. Looks inviting... Smooth bourbon, cherries, dark fruit, and hints if vanilla combining with the expected imperial stout qualities. Subtle roast on the backside surfaces after warming. Nice... Flavors are more if the same and I use that a lot but it certainly holds true here. Mild bourbon notes held in check while allowing the dark fruit molasses and light roast run its course. Delectable and silky all around with more fruits coming into play some more. Bittersweet chocolate quality is nice as to not ever become cloyingly sweet. Body is silky smooth, full but not weighing oneself down. Smooth bittersweet finish with a touch of warmth working its way through the body. Pretty darn good. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Haymarket
Brown black pour with almost no head. Sweet dark fruit aroma. Caramels and chocolate roast are strong and rich. Roasty rich. Lots of red fruit and roast. Creamy mouthfeel, delicious. 9/4/8/4/17 TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Growler at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Chris! Black with a small tan head that fades pretty quickly. Nose shows lots of port upfront, rich dark fruits, roast, cocoa. Great nose, even though its so big. Haven’t had the regular Acrimonious, but I was very impressed with the balance of this one and how well the port barrel blended with the base imperial stout. Really tasty, one of my fave imperial stouts of the weekend.
Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Growler at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Chris! Pours black-brown with a foamy, beige head. Burnt licorice in the nose, charred wood, dark malts. Big sweet flavor, sweet dark fruits, raisins, fruitcake. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Pretty chewy. Sweet, sticky sugary finish, dark toffee, bittersweet cocoa, raisins. Really good. alexsdad06 (10436) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Draft sample at FoBAB ’12. Pours oily black in color with a small creamy khaki head. The aroma has chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits favoring black cherry, coffee, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The flavor has dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark caramel, molasses, black cherry, moderate sweetness, bourbon, vanilla with a thick mouth feel. Earthy bitterness to the finish. Solid Imperial stout. Good barrel character. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Haymarket. Served in a 12 oz. goblet.
A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly leaving behind some splotchy lace.
S: Bourbon upfront with some oak characteristics. A little heavier on the oak, but it’s complemented with some roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little dark fruit. As it warms up some more port like flavors come out from the second use casks this was aged in.
T: Again, bourbon is upfront and in your business upon each sip. It is very smooth though and gives way to some heavier oak, roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Slightly astringent as well as it teeters on the boozy and oaky side. A little warmth on the back end with some light port flavors as it warms up.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Smooth and silky mouthfeel.
O: This was served a little too cold and it became much better as it warmed up. The subtle dark fruit and port notes showed themselves a little more as it warmed which toned down the oak.
Serving type: on-tap Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is dark brown with a thin, sparse head. The aroma offers roast, oak, wine, sweet liquor, possibly brandy. Rich and full flavored. Full bodied with very low carbonation. Complex and delicious. Silky smooth on the palate with lingering barrel characteristics in the aftertaste. Travlr (24909) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Growler courtesy of Thorpe429, thank you sir! Pours like motor oil. Arom of vanilla, licorice, burnt espresso. Taste is smooth, rich, chocolatey espresso. Nice.