AirForceHops (7820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Thin white head around the snifter. Nose is pure wood. In the marathon tasting I didn’t look for a bottle date or vintage. It appears that the only real flavor is oak. If you really try to search for others flavors you can find chocolate cake and traces of dark fruits. The body and carbonation are fine. The alcohol is not noticeable yet I’m very accustomed to high gravity stouts. Especially after the gluttony of stout we had on this night. Ok, nothing to seek out. Geokkjer (7647) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle 660ml.Pours black with a beige head.Aroma is spicy and maybe slightly brettish with roasted malts and oak.Flavour is slightly sourish with lots of roasted grains , chocolate and some spicy notes .Slightly brettish with a bitter finish.Full body.Nice CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2009 Bottle courtesy of Glouglouburp: Pours an overcarbonated effervescent opaque black with a clumpy-lacing light brown head. Has a tart cherry and woody oak nose with some roasted maltiness. Starts with a fizzy carbonation atop an oily lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate body with some tart cherries and vanilla oak complexity before a toasty dry and earthy finish. This definitely seems to have some kind of infection going on, but at this point it’s still drinkable. Would be nice to try a fresh sample. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bomber. Poured rich, deep brown with a hefty cap of tan head. The aroma picked up charred oak, lightly-smoky bourbon, and crisp, fresh stainless steel over burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate.. some vanilla wafted through as well.. the metallic character really stood out to me, but it was somehow well-balanced with the stout. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and lesser metallic character, with burnt black patent and coffee rolling onto the palate shortly afterward.. touches of smoke and vanilla accented.. quite dry and woody on the finish with coffee and bourbon. Medium-plus bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. a bit too sharp at certain points on the palate, but it left a memorable finish. This was a solid brew. AmEricanbrew (7037) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small fizzy brown head that left some thick lacing. Very woody nose with a little bourbon, burnt malt, light alcohol, and a touch of smoke maybe. Very woody and tannic flavor. Almost too woody. Burnt coffee, heavily roasted malt, and some moderate alcohol stick out first. The bourbon is really in the background, and doesn’t pop out at all. Very dry with a good bit of astringency on the finish. Not as good as what I was expecting. Somehow they managed to make an overly woody tasting beer with only half of it aged in barrels. That’s a new one for me! 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
<b>Bottle</b>: Pitch black, large rocky beige head, clumpy lacing. Big woody nose, definite Bourbon, seems dry and chalky.
Charred wood and roasted malts also make an appearance. Certainly woody on the tongue, some Bourbon but not that heavy.
Unfortunately this one is rather thin. I was expecting much more in terms of body. Has somewhat of a sour aspect to it. it
sure does remind me of XXXXX Stout but with more Bourbon and less chalkiness/dryness. Body and mouthfeel are moderate to thin.
For a 9.5% Imperial Stout it is really soft. Flavorful, but that malt backing isn’t there. This beer would be so much more had it
been much more maltier. I also wished it wasn’t so sour, well at least had it not had such a strong sour aspect. It is unique,
one of a kind from Pike, but the lack of malts, thicker body, and sweetness really are missed. Had potential, but just didn’t round out
to a memorable barrel aged Imperial Stout. This one *really* needed to be meatier, no doubt about it. Entertaining, but not a
competitor in the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout category. luttonm (6767) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2016 22oz bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle. Deep black pour.. but not as ’matte’ as some of the other huge imp stouts. Nice, tight mocha head. Very fresh nose, a bit of pine-hops and lots of dark chocolate and espresso. Dark, rich mouthfeel that is a touch lighter than others.. much more drinkable.. excellent. light taste/weight at first but it rushes to dark, complex and roasty depths. dry, bittered finish that lasts. Exceeded all my expectations, absolutely terrific. Beer5000 (6736) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2010
650 ml bottle. Black with a thin, tan head. Relativly mild aroma of roasted malt, oak whisky and some acidity. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt nice balanced against acid, fruity, coffee and whisky. Dry finish. Very nice and balanced, not much acid, but this makes a fine balance.