ineedbeer (2154) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Poured from a 04/13/2016 bottle.
Aroma is fairly malt forward with a lot of balanced dark chocolate and roast notes. Some faint caramel and toffee notes. Medium bourbon notes with some lighter oak and alcohol spice. Hints of dark fruit and raisins. Some light tobacco and ash notes.
Pours black with thick, dark mocha head that steadily recedes to the edges then lingers. No lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of roast and chocolate malt notes. Light tobacco and ash notes. Medium bourbon notes with some light oak character. Low bitterness and light alcohol spice. Lingering dark chocolate notes with a touch of milk chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium low carbonation; a bit of creaminess. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice stout. I think I like this more than the port barrel one. Nice chocolate flavors with great malt complexity. Balanced roast with hints of tobacco and ash. Adamsville (340) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2016
Apparence : Noire opaque, coule visqueuse, anneau brun foncé, carbonatation très faible. rouhlas (3616) - GREECE - AUG 4, 2016
Nez : Mélasse, réglisse ooire, effluves de vanille, de chocolat noir, de bois et d’alcool fort.
Goût : Mélasse et réglisse noire en entrée, suivies de notes torréfiées pour finir sur des notes de bois alcoolisé et, en moindre mesures, de chocolat noir. Légère amertume, assez sucrée.
Sensation : Effervescence quasi absente, pleine, picotement éthylique sur la langue, chaleur élevée en gorge, bonne longueur.
Bref : Une bière qui, à mon goût, est axée sur les saveurs de mélasse tout de même sucrée avec du chocolat et le fut pour équilibrer ce qui aurait été bière débalancée et beaucoup trop sucrée à mon avis. Très bonne intensité et plaisir à la boire.
Je dois par contre avouer être quelque peu dubitatif de la réputation dont cette bière jouit. Je crois que celle-ci est due en bonne partie à la bière elle-même (elle est excellente, n’en doutons pas), en partie au nom de la brasserie et une autre petite partie à la rareté de la bouteille. De plus, mes impressions des saveurs d’une bière rejoignent habituellement ce que la majorité des gens en disent, mais ici, j’ai eu droit à un profil auquel je ne m’attendais pas (beaucoup de mélasse). Excellente, mais peut-être pas de classe mondiale… à mon humble avis!
500 ml bottle at home.. celebrating the #IPAday! Pitch black color with nice brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate, light cocoa, some light coffee notes too, dark dried fruits, figs, raisins, plums, some red fruits, coconut, vanilla, wood, light alcohol. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste like aroma but even better. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation. I need more bottles!! Stoned99 (1553) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016
500ml bottle from trade Dominic shared with Guillaume. Aroma: strong bourbon, chocolate, slightly smoked and licorice. App: dark brown, really minimal brown head. Taste and palate: medium to full body, creamy, velvety, medium sweetness, really subtle bitter finish.overall: damn good. This is complex. The kind of beer that gives you goose bumps. Really good! Glad I had the pleasure to taste this one. kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Vintage 2013 from Tommy, thanks man! Beautiful appearance; thick black with chocolate milk head and nice lacing. Aroma is ash, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and spirits. Taste is chocolate fudge, ash, oak, and vanilla. Finishes with a bitter coffee like aftertaste and a slight hint of booze. Pretty damn awesome to say the least, wishfull thinking that’ll ever try this again so I am going to savour every last sip.
hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
November 14, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2011. Received in a trade with heyta, thanks! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Black with a small dense, quickly dissipating, brown head. Aroma is sweet with bourbon, caramel, figs, blackberries, wood, dark chocolate, coffee and some spicy notes. Taste is sweet malty with a light bitterness and hints of bourbon alcohol. Finish is sweet and soft light bitterness with figs, dark sugar, dark berries, vanilla, dark chocloate, coffee and some hints of black pepper and dried chili, light alcohol notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
Great complex, imperial stout with a nice balanced bourbon character.
Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing. Bottle 281.
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and opaque in the glass. Half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring leaving spotty lacing behind.
Smokey, roasted malt aroma with subtle barrel integration. Some toasted oak and subtle booziness with more of an oak and peaty scotch presence than sweet, boozy bourbon. There a faint malt backbone with some smoke, dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal but the oak and peat notes overpower things a bit.
Medium bodied with a nice smokey barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the dark malts of the base beer. Smokey, peaty scotch flavor with toasted oak, ash, smoked meat and burnt malt along with subtle vanilla and dry oak. This is countered by a balance of sweet and roasted dark malt flavors with hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee bean and oatmeal. Well balanced with a nicely integrated barrel presence, however, I’m getting more of a dry oak than bourbon flavor. Complex with a well masked ABV that makes it easy to drink but there’s something a touch off that i cant put mu finger on. Still, an enjoyable beer that I’m glad to have tried. Ungstrup (37626) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Bottled. A black beer with a rim of brown head - sirupy thick. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, soy sauce, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and vanilla, leading to a bitter finish. RobertDale (6480) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
500 ml. shared bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and wood. More please! ctipping (2058) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 723/864. Originally reviewed
10/29/2012. Small khaki head. Not quite inky. Wispy lacing.
Smells of tons of black patent malt. Light bourbon. A big oaky presence, more than the bourbon and vanilla.
Lots more barrel blends into the flavor. Bourbon is still light, but vanilla and caramel come out. Dark fruit flavor right at the front, which might be a byproduct of the alcohol and black patent malt. Lots of molasses. Gives it a bitter flavor in the back. Bitter. Not really chewy, but easy to drink at this ABV. The molasses gives it a sweet flavor that implies viscosity, without it actually being there.
Second time having this it was significantly better than the first. I was also smashed the first time. It would be really good with more barrel presence.