johnnnniee (4285) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of chocolate and caramel with a light roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Dark pitted fruits and a bit of grape skin round out the nose. This smells more like a sweet or a milk stout than an imperial. The flavor is lots of caramel and chocolate maltiness with bits of vanilla and pitted fruits.There is a vinous component and a hint of wood and alcohol as this warms. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Not exactly what I was thinking of when I bought this but it was a nice sipper just the same. brewballs (215) - USA - NOV 25, 2013
I had this at the HEB Central Market place, thought about it for a bit. Then saw it later that day at a SPEC’s and had to have it. Dark, coffee color. Espresso notes. Laces your glass quite well. Full-bodied. Sweet but has a bite at the tail end. Smooth, hazy after taste. Thick and rich. As far as Imperial Stouts, this one is good! Great brew for a cold night. My only issue is that the bottle needs to be a little bigger, bomber size would work. BeerGuy84 (17) - - NOV 25, 2013
Dark and inviting with a moderate tan head. Lighter aroma than expected. Taste is oaky with dark fruit and roasted coffee. Thin for an Imperial Stout. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Pours opaque. Aroma is faint but slight roast. Flavor is very winey. Yuck. Why put an IS in wine barrels. Not pleasant. Not to style and just not enjoyable. Alcohol is very up front. Finishes thin and very dry. b3shine (8804) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a semi-opaque very dark cola. Smells solid; dark malt, oak, pinot noir, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Good beer.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Jet black pour with a tan head. Big oak aromas upfront with roasted malt, pinot noir, and coffee notes. Flavor is all about the barrel. Lots of oak character with wine and tannin notes coming through all backed by the big roasty stout character. So complex! This was very well done. An awesome example of the style and what good barrel-aging can do to a beer. kerrmatt (33) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Oak, oak and more oak, love it. Some nice pinot noir tannins and fruit coming through on the back of a deliciously strong stout. I suspect there was a decent bit of leftover pinot noir in the barrels used for aging. Good winter warmer or late summer evening wind down. Great beer as is but.. something seems missing to me, maybe add some manuka smokiness, more depth with a bit of extra hop complexity to the backbone. Thanks Moa. HenryXXX (205) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours a rusty black with a chocolate beige lacy head. The nose is red wine, currant, and craisins. The pallet is dark chocolate, astringent over steeped tea, a little smoke and finishes with a oaky bitter sweet chocolate. Overall a very complex and enjoyable beer.
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Dark brown/black with a nice beige head. Aroma is toasted wood, dates, raisins, liquorice, coffee, hint of leather & booze. Full bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate with a bitter roasty finish. Taste is liquorice, coffee, burnt wood, roasted grains, dates, molasses. badgerben (5121) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Black color with a small head. Very light aroma of dark cocoa. Flavor is mostly chocolate. A bit of a winey character and some oak. Almost some smoke. Very chalky mouthfeel.