DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017 QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was honored to be given a bottle of this mighty brew by Mike Kane when I visited the brewery.
Kane has definitely found their niche with Hopheads. Although I am no longer part of that clam, I do recognizes the quality of those beer beers, even if they are not really my cup of tea these days. As on of the best up and coming breweries in NJ, it comes as no surprise to me that they are not limited to just hoppy beers, and this is but one (not the only) great example of that.
At the same time, this is their first barrel aged imperial stout, so how good could it be? Well, it was Awesome! My son and I truly enjoyed every aspect of it.
P.S. I have it on good authority that this beer is actually a bit stronger than 13% ABV, but we’ll just have to keep that on the DL
[2/3/17] Draught/Bottle at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston. Black. Big chocolate, fudge, vanilla, sweet, full-bodied, slightly boozy. thepatrickman (1347) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
EBF 2017. Phenomenal stuff. This is a barrel-aged imperial stout done really well. There’s a lot of sweet, vanilla notes that are balanced beautifully with the charred oak and bourbon aromas, and the overall result is a truly fantastic beer. johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Sample at EBF Saturday
Inky thick black color with a thin tan head. Chocolate roasty earthy molasses with some big bourbon vanilla and hints of dark pitted fruits. Sipper quite tasty. dogfish120love (1331) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Dark brown no lacing. Soy sauce chocolate oak and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! Poured into a taster showing pitch black with latte colored foam lacing.
The nose shows a balance of rich bourbon, dark chocolate, charred wood, cinnamon, and hints of toffee and fig.
The palate is full bodied and lightly carbonated with basically no alcoholic heat for such a high ABV beer. Rich forward flavors of the same rich bourbon, charred wood, and vanilla dominate the front end. The finish is a strong rush of dark chocolate and roasted malt bitterness.
Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2016
2015 ANTEAD set. Dark brown body with a beige head of broken bubbles. Fantastic aroma of oak, bourbon, light smoke and char notes. Terrific flavor. Chocolate and oak with an unreal finish. So smooth and elegant. Silky. Complex and amazing.
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle thanks to Seth pours pitch black. molasses, Cocoa nibs vanilla. Medium sweetness, viscous mouthfeel. djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle thanks to Team North Jersey. Pours black with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is wood, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla. Thick, chewy, roast, vanilla, cocoa, nice sweetness, very good. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Tasted at GABF. Thick black pour with a dark brown head. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, molasses, fudge, bourbon, and a hint of smoke. Some burn on the finish, so it’s a little boozy. Drinks fine but not exceptional in my mind. kermis (13478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared at THT. Black with a small beige head. Aroma of big bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee and molasses. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with alcohol warmth in the finish and soft carbonation. [26-08-2016]