gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
bottle at home. Pours like real thick black, viscous, steady dark beige head. One of the most roasted aromas out there, also dark dark chocolate like 99% cacao with a tad fruitiness from the whisky barrels. Huge body, thick oily and sweet, some green parpica bitterness in the mid, smooth silky finish. Taste is freshly grinded heavy roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Beautiful, lives up to the stories told... and balanced! SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
hhad a couple of times . . overall; this beer is quite rich but its mouth feel seems to vary .. . rum, cookies, earth, and barrel .. . black .. medium foam .. . seems like it was bettter when it first had it .. . . i like a lot of meat on my sandwiches- sounds dirty but its the truth. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
This luxurious Imperial Stout seduces with its harmonious mélange of brown rum, milk chocolate, roasted cereals, molasses, fruit jam and resinous hop bitterness, all thriving in a rich, almost viscous body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-Mild vanilla also suffuses the generous residual sugars.
-The barrel flavours are superbly integrated.
-Alcohol warmth and wood rise slowly in the finish.
-If you feel like having dessert, this is an exquisite one.
-For all the overrated Imperial Stouts on this site, this one actually deserves the hype. Bravo!
On tap three different times at the brewery taproom. Lucky me!
At the brewery in St Pete, pours a deep intense black pour with a beautiful coffee Java head. Nose is through and through whiskey, with vanilla and dark fruits, with strong cherries. Taste is chocolate and dark fruit malt, heavy and velvety and laced with strong rum. Finishes on the same dark fruit rum notes. Exquisite !!! Quaff Score 9 / 10 zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
On tap at Cycle Brewing. Pours pitch black with a brown head and very nice aroma of rum, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is strong, nice strong run notes with dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol into the warming finish. Complex and delicious brew
kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Bottle shared with Deanso. Pours near black with a thick, short lived, brown head. Massive aroma as soon as the bottle was popped of dark chocolate, boozy rum and oak barrel, fudge, molasses, light licorice notes, forest leaves and deal fruity, almost slight vinous notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Warming in the mouthfeel with a medium oily texture. Full bodied with a strange pleasant moderate prickly carbonation. First tick of 2015! :-) deanso (10101) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Big thanks.
Rum aroma. Small tan head. Clear black pour. Rum in the aftertaste. Very well brewed. An excellent imperial stout. Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Pour is deep brown with some slight red tints and a small khaki colored head. Aroma and flavor of dark rum, moderate fruit, apple cider, roasted coffee, light chocolate, and lemon juice. A bit strange, tastes like a barley wine mixed with a dry stout. RobertDale (6851) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
22 ounce shared bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, rum, and vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate, rum, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, and barrel. World class! TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black like motor oil with thick khaki colored head. Rum, vanilla, toasted malt, chocolate, and coconut on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with cocoa and rum.