Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle kindly shared by some people at the 2nd BBF @ De Molen. Wow, what a brew, aroma full of bourbon and some wine. Flavor is extremely smooth and round, very well balanced and huge. Amazing brew. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
1900th rating. 2007 bottle courtesy of Moejuck – thanks for sending this one my way Joe! Pours dark brown/near black with almost no head. The nose is char, bakers chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits and roasted coffee. The taste is dark fruits, ashy cocoa, oak, French roast coffee. Medium creamy/velvety mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent Imperial Stout. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle generously shared by Sparky27...ERIC ROCKS!!! Pours a very dark mahogany with a tightly packed thin latte head. Aroma of Godiva chocolate, roasted espresso, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor shows decadent cocoa, oak, bourbon, burnt caramel, vanilla, and tobacco. Silky on the tongue with an invisible ABV. Truly remarkable beer... bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Bottle bought for me at the brewery by close friends. Almost black with a modest tan head which left delicate lace work. Good soft carbonation and very rounded flavour. Roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla combine with subtle hops to create the most drinkable variation of this style that I have tried to date. A perfect beer to see in my 50th birthday and celebrate my 1000th beer rating. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
big thanks to madmitch76 for this one! 07 vintage. pours brown/black and viscous with very little head to it, only a 2-3mm skimming of dark brown. aroma is smokey brown sugar in an oak container. woody, oaky, peaty, pretty decent. not bad, with the low carbonation it makes for a really thick sipper. the taste is loaded with tobacco, prunes, chocolate, smoke, char, etc. nice beer, the barrel profile is pretty light but pleasant, adds a lil brightness to an otherwise dense beer. nice one, glad i got to try it.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
In short: A very woody and very roasted imperial stout. Simple beer of decent quality. Way overratedFreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2010
How: Bottle 275ml. 2006 vintage. Bottle given to me in Boston by fellow ratebeerian Reakt, thank-you so much Angelo
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam
In long: Nose is lightly roasted, some tar, some dark fruits. Taste has plenty of barrel, soy sauce, burnt wood, liquorice, brown sugar, figs, cacao, leather, tobacco, vanilla, tar. Like with the regular version the carbonation is too soft. However the strong barrel presence gives it a pleasant woody dryness and the beer did not feel very syrupy. Roastiness comes out strong in the finish. Alcohol is not a factor in the taste yet the beer leaves a light burning sensation in the throat. And in all this was a decent beer. But compared to American Barrel Aged imperial Stouts it really felt amateurish (I am NOT American). The type of BA brew I would expect from a small brewpub that got hold of an old barrel and threw in a beer in there just to go with the trend. I really don’t get the love for this beer. I waited a long time for that beer and it wasn’t worth it. As frustrating as when I’m asked to press 1 for english, wait 30 minutes, and end-up being transferred to someone who obviously doesn’t speak english.
A - Pitch black with very dark brown hues. Smaller than average, tight foamy, creamy dark cafe head. Average retention that settles into a nice layer of creamy lace.
S - Lots of dark malt that is toasted with lots of caramel. Decent amount of dark fruit. Lots of sweet chocolate and coffee and a good amount of soy aroma. Slight balsamic aspect, and some oaky and bourbon presence. A touch of earthiness as well. Mix of tartness and some dark roastiness.
T - Similar to the nose, with dark fruit (fig, plum, prune, date) being upfront first. Tartness comes out a bit. Then a bit more of a roasted dark malt and chocolate comes out. Mid sip a bit more earthy, tobacco, and woody flavors come out. Slight soy flavor comes out mid to the finish of the sip, not really strong, but present.
M - Medium body with about average carbonation. Very oily, smooth, and silky feel.
D - Pretty drinkable beer Diverse flavors that make me ant to keep drinking to find more. Soy and tartness can be slightly off-putting but not too bad.
Notes: Vintage 2007. Complex and interesting beer. Not necessarily my favorite stout, but a good and interesting one. Worth trying though. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
2007 Bottle. Aroma is a huge roast coffee, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol, jet black, pours a tiny tan head, leaving behind an oily sheen on the glass. Flavour is a majestic coffee liqueur, roasted malt and some fine liquorice. Full bodied, perfectly balanced, bitterness is superb, silky smmoth, tongue is treated to an amazingly joyous dance. Absolutely amazing! Thank You so much for sharing MesandSim, You’re both Stars! thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle from ygtbsm. Thanks Brad! Black body with a small tan head. The aroma is of dark chocolate, toffee, and figs. The flavor is sweet chocolate, and brown sugar. The body is thinner than I would have liked for the style. Solid. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle dated 14 November 2006 shared by badnewsbeers. Inky, deep brown body with reddish highlights, very thin ring of beige carbonation. Deep, rich nose with burnt caramel, prune, molasses, and soy, with hints of alcohol, oak, and leather. Oaky, tannic body, dry, dusty, and soft, with pipe tobacco, licorice, and burnt caramel. Tastes like a cigar, and would go well with a cigar. My only complaint is the rather lifeless body that could have used a bit more carbonation. A classic bookish, candlelight beer.