BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle (Pinot Barrel). Pours with a nearly black body with a lasting off-white head. Aromas are rich, nutty, roasty, fig newton (sp?), mineral, roast, a bit acrid. Flavors are of a heavy handed use of roasted barley, acrid roast, mineral, banana nuts, dry, moderate alcohol, odd to off balance. Not easy to drink in the slightest. Lively carbonation for what it is. Dry. Acrid, boring, light barrel. Quite "meh" for a barrel aged imperial stout and not easy to choke down on top of that. lawman834 (273) - Texas, USA - APR 8, 2013
Sampled at the Texas Craft Brew fest, my score is based off of some incoherent notes and a 2 oz sample. Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
Thin light brown head of fine bubbles. Strage aroma which is dominated by rubber, medicine, roasted grains and some floral notes. Strange combo for an imperial stout. Color is a very dark brown. Oh wow, flavor is like you are eating a brand new vulcanized rubber tire. WTF!!!! This is one of the weirdest brews I have ever tasted. Fusal alcohols, chemicals, dry pasty malts and some licorice. I am doubting if I will be able to finish this brew. Boardering on drain pour. Not sure if it is a bad bottle or not. Will have to look at the other ratings. I love the New Zealand people and culture but am totally not diggin’ this brew. Sorry NZ! onceblind (10855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Deep black with an overgenerous light khaki foamy head...took me forever to pour. Aroma has a lot of burnt oak tannin and char and something off and metallic. Flavor is thankfully a little more complex and delicious, but ultimately is not really my style. Dark roasty earthy malt characters come through which quickly lead to a fruity off-dry red wine flavor with oak notes, a bit of char, and stouty smokiness. A bit too intense to be enjoyable. zizzybalubba (1890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2013
375 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown pour that appears black in the glass with a foamy light brown head. The aroma has a touch of sourness at first (presumably from the Pinot Noir barrels) but quickly the coffee and dark chocolate make their way through. The dark roasted malt flavor is balanced by the barrel aging and provides the beer with a dark fruit flavor that is typical of the style. The palate is not overwhelmed by charred, bitter malts. Instead the tongue is treated to a wonderful balance of chocolate and dark fruit. Nice beer!
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 update: had again for the first time since my craft beer inauguration, and it is much better than i remember. pinot dominates this with dark fruits and rich alcohol, very distinct barrel aging character, and coffee balances it out with a bit of chocolate coming as it warms. original: this was my introduction to craft beer. downed three of these every thursday. certainly got my palate set for beer anyway. aggressive roastiness, and aggressive carbonation too. probably too aggressive on both counts, a bit rough and a bit fizzy. on the other hand the flavours are quite nice, with typical dark chocolates and a bit of coffee. would like to try again some point soon. not a bad imperial i suppose, got me into this delicious world anyway. blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
bottled, red amber color with some tan foam, aroma is bit of red wine and malted chocolate, flavor has some red wine tannins, dry cocoa, bitter finish, hard to get much flavor compared to the nose on this Corndog (12) - - MAR 31, 2013
Massive head, fruity spicy nose, heavy grape flavour and sourness, big alcohol over the top. Pinot flavour dominates. Had trouble finishing it. Chuggsta (9) - - MAR 30, 2013 does not count
Poured very heady. Aroma estery, sweet and spicy. Big dark malt flavour, can taste the oak, spicy, alcoholic, bit over the top for my taste. AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
12.7 oz bottle - pours jet black, with huge, rocky, cascading tan head. Frothy like the foam of the ocean. Beautiful thick lacing. Nose is changing, with slightly sour notes, more sweet drawn coffee, milk chocolate, red berry notes, vanilla yum yum and distinctly complex. Taste is coffee, dark plums, mocha, dark grains, and roasted nuts. Medium to full-bodied, long finish, excellent palate. Creamy and touch of bitterness on the finish. Yes.