chrisv10 (18733) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2017 stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Triangle wine in Southern Pines, NC, at the low-low price of $17. Jet-black pour with a ruby ring, minimal carbonation. The oak and bourbon is overpowering in the aroma, leaving little for anything else. A hint of chocolate, tons of alcohol, bourbon infused with an oaky aftertaste. Some dryness in the finish. It’s quite good as long as you’re in a seriously high gravity mood. One of the strongest beers I’ve ever had. I think the 10% is more of an approximation, +/- another 10%.
Bottle, 8.5%. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, honey and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, sweet, vanilla, honey, sticky, little liquorice and warming. ShivanDragon (4704) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2017
bomber, ale met honey and aged in bourbon, schenkt zwart met fijne licht bruine kraag. aroma van héérlijke zoete bourbon, vanille, volle donkere chocolade, cacao, geroosterd en gebrand, smaken veel drop, wat lichte laurier, veel chocolade, alcohol iets scherp, romig, zacht, geroosterde en gebrande mouten, bittertje, koffie, wat noten, en veel bourbon, redelijk tot volle body, zachte co2, uitstekend. alteregoo (1829) - Kalisz, POLAND - NOV 11, 2017
Piana beżowa, średnio obfita, szybko redukuje do mięsistej chmurki. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. W aromacie przyjemnie i dość intensywnie, głównie wanilina, kokos, czekolada, bourbon i sos sojowy. W smaku sporo słodyczy, skojarzenia z bounty, pralinami, espresso, bourbonem, wanilią... Goryczka niska do średniej, palona. W odczuciu niskie wysycenie, sporo ciała, oleista, lepka faktura, rozgrzewające whisky i umami w posmakach.
beskid (419) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
Genialne body jak na piwo barrel aged plus fajny wpływ beczki i ładnie ułożone alko. Klasa!
Bottle share at Mon Petit Cafe, Stuttgart. Milk chocolate, overripe fruits, vanilla and honey in aroma, sweet, quite full body, not much honey in the taste, strong barrel character. BlazerT (1335) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - SEP 13, 2017
Nice moderate roasted aromas, full of chocolate, organic sweetness and nice vanilla and bourbon accents. Taste is heavy sweet all time long, the bourbon notes boost overall sweetness. Full body, oily to thick texture, soft carbonation, finish is sweet, bourbon and slightly boozy. ABV is unnoticeable. This is nice thick, full of chocolate and honey imperial stout with powerful bourbon barrel accents.
koleminer20 (4176) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2017
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage. Shared with ebone1988 and Gus. The pour is a nice black with a small ring of lighter brown head and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is sweet and licorice heavy. There is a light honey and a great chocolate fudginess. There is a hint of bourbon barrel and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a little strange. The chocolate and fudgy bourbon brings a little vanilla and a strong oak. It’s interesting. The honey does weird it up a little. The mouth feel is pretty heavy bodied with a light sharpness a soft carbonation. This is pretty damn good. There is a boozy chocolate finish and it’s not too shabby. I’m a fan. ebone1988 (2237) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus for the ’Merca turns 241 share. 2014 vintage. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, barrel, bourbon, excellent. Appearance is black, brown head, poured thickish. Taste is licorice, roasted malt, barrel, bourbon, bready, sweet, like eating roasty Good N Plenty candy. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, licorice soaked bourbon aftertaste. Overall, this one is excellent. Iphonephan (7482) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2017
From a bomber. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon and molasses. Flavors of oak, prunes, and vanilla. This is a one killer RIS. JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2017
appearance: thick near black, with a dense creamy tan head. aroma: assertive nose full of malts--dark chocolate, molasses, caramel; there’s an umami note, along with coffee and some dark fruits. taste: dark chocolate and molasses right up front; soy sauce and coffee next; under that is some deep plummy notes, very subtle; finally a bit of caramel, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. finish: smooth, chewy palate; alcohol very well-hidden. notes: Big palate, big flavors, great aroma. Very solid. Bottle courtesy of Josh and Jean.
Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2017
Vintage bomber of about three years old at ’t Velootje in Ghent, thanks Lieven. Creamy, dense, pale brownish beige head, thin and dissolving in the middle but retaining around the edge; black robe with chestnut brown edges, only visible for about one millimeter off the edge. Lovely, rich bouquet of hot chocolate sauce, cappuccino, espresso beans, bourbon, vanilla, dry oak, blackberry jam, ruby port, mocha ice cream, hazelnuts, ’blood’ iron, soy sauce, beef stock cubes, madera. Clean, ’dark’ fruity onset, brambleberries, lots of candied date flavors enhanced by the added honey, soy sauce-like umami accent but subtle, soft carbo, thick oily mouthfeel. The mouth cavity is soon lined by lovely nutty and chocolatey ’black’ malt sweetness turning to toasted bitter and eventually roasted coffee, but in a soft and elegant way; long, beautifully bittersweet finish with vanilla-like oak tannins, a peppery hop bitter punch, some light retronasal maderisation and eventually a lot of heating, very explicitly bourbon-like, but not wry alcohol. Unexpectedly beautiful stout, graciously aged and in perfect balance, this is clearly a masterpiece of international allure.