BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours into the glass with a Coca-Cola body topped by a 1/2" creamy chocolate head that rapidly flatens. Pleasing vanilla Coca-Cola aroma and light roastiness. The body packs more punch and complexity, featuring deep roastiness and well-placed charcoal bitterness on the back of the palate along with a spicy/jalepeno bite. Overall, easy drinking for this high an ABV%, that is pleasantly smoky and roasty throughout with pinches of vanilla and some dry, unsweetened chocolate. Thick and full-bodied. bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Wax-sealed bomber. Pours opaque blackish brown with a dense and lacy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with just a hint of bourbon. Medium body and light carbonation. Lightly sweet taste with chocolate, coffee and vanilla; but also some molasses and prune. Lightly bitter charred finish. Avoids being hot, which is tough to do at 9.5 ABV. I wouldn’t mind see this bodied up just a bit. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle from hopdog. They should call it barrel aged imperial stout instead of wood aged stout, and will sell better. Wax capped. 22oz bottle. Small amount of roastiness. Opened at Lost Abbey at Angel’s Share release. Leans dry. Barrel aging is subtle and hard to notice. Pretty good. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Wax toped bottle via trade with scrizz, this one was shared by Wetherel at sinner’s pick up of angel’s and older vis. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet and roasty. Taste is sweet, rich and has a full flavorful coffee edge. The bourbon doesn’t really come through. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2009
22oz from riversideAK - thanks, Alex!!! I was intrigued as hell to try this one, as a big fan of the regular XXXXX, with its richness and dry roasts. The body on this one seems slightly less thick on the initial pour, though it’s substantial and has some fine lacing to complement to the moderate head. The nose is very understated wood, with only a hint of the bourbon in there. That’s all well and good, but strangely there isn’t much of a roast character to the nose either. Harumph. There’s actually a mild pungency to the nose that reminds me of the Capt. Lawrence BA porters. Not off-putting, but not precisely what I’m after just the same. The mouthfeel is thinner than it needs to be to carry this off. The fullness of the base beer is winnowed away to some extent by the barrel-aging, with an indistinct char in the finish. Very grateful to Alex for the chance to try this, but it’s not quite what it could have been.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
bottle. thanks glk. black pour with thin tan head. sweet chocolate, mollasses, vanilla and wood aroma. vanilla and wood notes prominant. chocolate, warming. very nice. could use a little aging but it is a treat now. fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle shared by Eric. Thanks! Pours black with tan head. Nose was wood, roasted malt, and some slight tart smells. Flavor was roasted malt, coffee, wood, some hops, and vanilla finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice brew. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Concentrated thick deep roasted aroma, syrupy black with a sticky sandy brown head. Consistent and viscous, smooth and rounded from the aging, some anise notes. I’m finding these flavors a little pushy right now, some more time should allow this beer to go from very good to superb. 090511 I believe this is a 2009 bottle as there isn’t a date on the label. Great consistent bretty nose; and while it is unintentional, it’s very pleasant. Earthy and firm brett character, balanced and complimentary. Ticked up. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22oz bottle, this one from 5000, thanks Andre. Jet black our with a dark tan head. smooth flavor, nice roastness, some bitter chocolate, very good. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2009
22oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades. Black waxed. Poured a dark black color with reddish-brown edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, roasty, some bourbon, some vanilla, and caramel. Tastes of wood, roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and lighter bourbon. Alcohol content well hiddne. Some lacing left on the glass.