beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Pours black with a dark brown head. Soy sauce, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee and licorice flavors and aroma. Very full body and a chocolate and roasted malt finish. Tide (4058) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Draught at City Beer SF. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with coffee, roasted malts, nuts, plum, licorice, oak, bourbon and a bit of chocolate. Bitter finish with bourbon, oak, coffee and nuts. Exquisite imperial stout. Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 8, 2014
From a tap at Citybeer. The pour is a dark brown red with a brown head. The thick molasses body with bourbon and dark chocolate with some dark fruit lingering as an aftertaste.Great stuff. beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2014 6oz draft at Brouwers. Rebrew, needs to be unretired. Super black with brown head. All autolysis nose, sopping roast, not as boozy as expected. Lots if autolysis in flavor with some mineral roast, low acidity, chalky bakers chocolate. Despite all that its way better and easier than similar soy sauce brews.Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2014
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Draft at Brouwers. Pours thick, opaque, viscous, with giant dense creamy mocha head. Aroma: raisins and plums; scratch that, prune juice. Smells like condensed prune juice. Smoke is there, leather. Alcohol surprisingly not pronounced. Mollasses and prunes steeping in soy sauce. Does not bode well. Tastes better than it smells, though. Moderately sweet; alcohol present but well-integrated; not particularly smoky, roasty bitter finish leading into alcohol warmth. Rich thick chocolate on the back. Palate: Thick, viscous, chewy. Fantastic texture. Overall: thick and chewy sweet imperial stout that smells gross but tastes good.
fcjack1 (276) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Black with a thin tan head. Scent is bourbon and booze. Taste is booze, bourbon and caramel. Really good beer. BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Excellent. Pours dark brown almost black tan head. Some smoke chocolate and oak aroma. Vanilla some smoke roastiness chocolate with some bourbon. Moderate body light carbonation. Very enjoyable. Bule (2228) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
22oz bottle pours a thick dark brown color with a lot of frothy brown head. Needs some time to breathe. Loads of flavor and very viscous. Burnt sugar, caramel, molasses and some mild bourbon at the finish.
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
It seems users are adding there 2014 review in here but shouldn’t the 2014 have its own page considering it is age in a completely different barrel. Oh well, 2014 bought at Plaza Market. Pours like used motor oil, completely black with a dark brown/reddish lacing. Smell is right upfront, huge molasses, oak, bourbon, a bit of soy, and just a hint of burned wood. T: The smell was intense but it was tamed in the taste. Light campfire smoke, chocolate, a bit of molasses, brown sugar and vanilla bean. The bourbon is pretty quiet, its present in the class but isnt making a big contribution or being loud. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with soft carbonation. O: Flavorful brew, the alcohol is completely hidden and there is almost no warmth. Nicely done. furthur (1214) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 11, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 Bottle pour, 2014 version. Pours like used gear oil. Utter black, skiff of espresso colored foam. Aroma is cherries, plums, soy sauce, smoke. Taste is plum, licorice, raisin, citrus rind bitterness, soy sauce, smoke. Body is so thick, almost syrupy, with minimal carbonation. Though the main palate is sweet, the finish is almost dry/bitter, somehow.
Wanted to amend; chocolate covered bourbon, caramel, cherries...
11/27/15, opened one. Still trashy and classy, harsh and complex. Interesting with vanilla ice cream.