ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Rating 1900. Thanks to UncleJedi for sharing! Thick inky black pour with a frothy beige head and drippy lace. Aroma is dominated by molasses, oak and coffee. Sweet upfront with hints molasses, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Finish is dry with hints of maple syrup and dark fruit boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle (thanks to Angeloregon for sharing)... Poured black with a thin -- almost little-to-none -- brown head. Aroma of vanilla and roasted, toasted grains and almost as extreme as a little bit of cheese and greasy meat. Smooth palate, lightly carbonated that hugged my tongue and allowed for easy quaffing. Oaky, vanilla and subtly smoked with that "lavish tobacco" (as described on the bottle) base coming through. Insanely boozy with a sweet chocolate and creme brulee-like finish. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Thanks AgentSteve. Poured thick dark black, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, little black pepper. alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle from bvc that was a nice "celebrator glass" in an Eastern Colorado pheasant field. Deep dark woodiness in the nose, also bourbon and plums, just a light bitterness. Taste is earthy bittersweet molasses to start, with a roasted meat and black pepper jerky thing (in a good way) as it warms a bit. Great toasty bitterness to finish and scary drinkable for nearly 13% abv. Thanks, Brandon. Really nice one. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2009
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia WA
luttonm (6750) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Aroma: Super huge dark roasty malt aroma.
Appearance: Dark black in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Big flavors with malt, chocolate and coffee.
Palate: Dry finish with a Super Mouthfeel.
Overall: One huge beer with super flavors this was a fantastic beer.
Courtesy Trevor211. Tasty, upper limit thickness. Darkest pour with bubbly thick head. Creamy chocolate, cream, lactic. Milkshake like up front. Ends stiff, light coffee. No bourbon at all. Molasses, rich but not entirely lux. well rounded for a big beer. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Dark fruit, figs, bourbon, cacao, red wine barrel notes on the nose. Black, creamy, and oily appearance. Dark brown head. Figs, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and light red wine notes make up the flavor profile. Extremely complex and giant beer. Vanilla and brown sugar show up as well. Soft but sharp carbonation. Lingering dry roasted bitterness and a hint of barrel and alcohol in the finish. Solid. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours near black with a small head. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice and wood. Syrupy sweet and somewhat boozy. But it’s complex and roasty and oh so good as a sipper. brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - NOV 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2011 Midnight pour topped by a thin, sanguine-brown layer of ultra-fine foam. Nose reveals sweet gingerbread, molasses, alderwood smoke, buttered hearth-bread, tanned leather, and ’roasted bison’. Flavor reflects the nose, then adds bourbon-soaked cherries, earthy tannins, and a hint of oak. Mouthfeel is moderately viscous (I was actually expecting it to be a bit thicker) and makes for a nice, rich finish. The alcohol is certainly noticeable, but melds extremely well with the amalgam of complex flavors, making it dangerously drinkable.
One of the aspects that I enjoy most is that the roasted nuances come across more like charred fire-wood and smoked meats rather than the typical coffee-like flavors we are often bombarded with.
I am also impressed with how the richness stems from unique elements rather than the syrupy sweetness that other imperial stouts tend towards. This is a fantastic brew, and in my opinion, one of the slightly overlooked gems of the style. Even if it isn’t quite from Scandinavian soil, this brew from the far north is surely worthy of Hadding! CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2009
22 oz. bottle thanks to Scrizzz. Holy shit, thank you so much for sending this. Wow, that is a chocolate head. There is not much of it, but this thing pours like oil...big time. I mean people say, "Oh this poured just like oil." This really did pour like oil. Very viscous beer. Wood, roast, coffee, and a slight chocolate aroma. Wow, a very deep complex aroma. Nice subtle bourbon aroma that is coming out more as this thing warms up. Pretty damn nice aroma I must say. Love the bourbon. Ah the wood a liquor aroma. I have to say that subtle bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, and roast aroma are just so complex. So smooth, and easy to drink. I mean this thing has a nice bourbon sour flavor as well. This thing is so smooth and too delicious. My favorite beer. Again, thank you Scrizzz.