mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2010
22oz bottle from CBX. Pours a pitch black with very small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Deep roasty aroma with a little sweet vanilla and a bit of booze on it, no doubt fromt he barrels. Flavor of oak/wood and roasted coffee. The consistency of this sits very nicely on the tongue so the flavors stay in your mouth after the sip. Masks the booze rather well. Nothing is over the top about this like most imperial stouts try to be, and I think thats what makes it so good. misterbeer (528) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2010
sample from crown-black pour -dark brown head-aroma and taste of whiskey,chocolate, -sweet smooth finish olsvammel (7303) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: 3/5 Frank (4240) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pitch black liquid, a ring of foam on the edge of the glass.
Coffee, dark bread, chocolate. wood, whisky and nuts.
Chocolate, coffee, dark bread, wood, whisky and nuts.
Smooth, thick body with a low carbonation.
A very nice beer, very complex and interesting. Well balanced, allot of flavour but none of them takes over. A true pleasure to drink.
This is a beer to sit back and sip at. Don’t even try to drink this by the pint or you will get overwhelmed.
Probably works best on it’s own or together with a chocolate cake.
Comparing it to the normal version I rate them very similarly. The normal version gets a very small edge because of the nicer foam. I reckon if I where to try this beer again and try the two versions against each other the tables might turn.
These days, there are many barrel aged imperial stouts and this is one of them. The color is black, the head brown, finely bubbled and small. Big boozy raisin nose w/ a slight edge of my favorite thing in a bourbon aged beer--coconut. It is subtle but there although this stout does veer more towards roasted flavors and mild vinous acidity than the deep, dark chocolate flavors it plays best off of. Fine carbonation cuts sticky sweetness while allowing the beer to still feel full and rich on the tongue. (The mouthfeel, I think, is the best part of this beer.) In the finish, a firm but slightly medicinal bitterness plays off of a dark fruit richness for a thoroughly well balanced albeit enjoyably sweet beer. You know, maybe there aren’t too many huge barrel aged stouts... shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Pours an opaque deep black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roast, some mint, coconut, and some bourbon. Flavor is caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toast, chocolate, and a sweet bourbon finish.
beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Pours as black as coal but very little, if any, head formation. There is a nice ring of lacing sitting on top, whih looks great. Wonderful aromas of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee greet my nose with great fervor. This smells so rich and decadent, it makes me think I can take a bite of it! The rich milk chocolate smells so smooth and sweet, it reminds me of mousse. The tastes of vanilla are very good and strong coupled win the overall bourbon-esque quality. Some smoke and charred oak come through rather faint. A bit of roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate are also noticeable. The finish is very long with bitter roasted coffee just hanging around. Excellent! brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
22oz bottle into tulip. Aroma of strong dark malts with hints of coffee. Medium mouthfeel, with little to low carbonation. Taste of very sweet malts, almost too sweet, hints of roasted malts and coffee. Not sure why such the high ratings, beer tasted a lil off balance and good but not great and not deserving of the 100% rating on RB. egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, roast, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt wood, and alcohol. Taste of roast, dark chocolate, smoked malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol. thetomG (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Yum! TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2010
I’m continually impressed by the Hoppin Frog stuff I try. This one smells great, tastes even better, and is SUPER smooth as you drink. DEFINITELY something I’d try again... hopefully soon!
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this one. Pours a deep almost black with a smaller bubbly tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon and oak, light alcohol and caramel. Flavor of caramel, milk chocolate, oats, vanilla and light bourbon.