jgb9348 (6782) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2018
Deep dark brown coloured body with a ridiculously violet and purple glow and a lighter brown tint, along with a single centimetre tall rich tan head that fades very fast and leaves absolutely nothing on top at all. Aroma of pit fruits, raisins, yeast, grain, earth, toffee, malt, peat and a bit more caramelised sugars, but nice for sure and showing a touch of alcohol as well. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong rich chocolate and raisin flavour at first with a big dose of pitted fruits, pears, plums and figs all noticeable along with a little vanilla, earth and good grainy malts with only a hint of peat and smoke at the end. Aftertaste is relatively easy-going with a backbone of alcohol, vanilla and some grain, but the sweetness dominates, some malt hits and a nice light spice from canella and a bit of anise comes through at the very end. Overall, a nice Imperial Stout with a good profile, yet easy-to-drink and mellow, muted bite from the alcohol - definitely due to the age in a fantastic way (this is why I age these beers) but showing an amazing complexity that just hits in a smooth, but strong way. Great to sample and if you still have a bottle of this, keep it for another year or so - it shows great at 2+ years! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from West LakeView Liqours in Chicago, Illinois on 14-November-2015 for US$12,95 sampled at home in Washington more than two years later on 04-March-2018. djd07 (16675) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit. Medium body, roast, earthy malt, cocoa, nice sweetness, boozy finish, very good. Sammy (13372) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
Oatmeal stout 11%. Some lace and head. Must be shareable bottle. Coffee aroma. A bit licorice in the finish. Johnsense (1850) - - MAY 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2016 Dark tan pour, small head disappears fast. Roasted malt, oat, dark chocolate aroma. Dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, in the taste, anise. Slightly sweet. Medium to heavy body, booze well hidden. Fairly smooth for such a big ABV beer. superspak (6662) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2016
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/1/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, blackberry, light coffee/nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, blackberry, light coffee/nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, blackberry, light coffee/nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial oatmeal stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
drfabulous (9228) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark and tan head quickly fades. Sweet and a bit boozy. Sticky. Some chocolate notes. Pretty rich. wchesser (2216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Dark and fairly viscous as you’d expect. Smooth mouthfeel, with some sweetness to it. Nose is dark roasted malts, but also a strong raisin/cassis/prune element to it that carries through in the taste and melds well with the sweetness of the base beer. Different enough to make this interesting. mcberko (20934) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out dark fruits and some light roasted malt. Flavour is balanced between deep dark fruits and roasted malt. Medium roast mixes well with the dark fruit. Not actually a lot of body or complexity to this. Good but not overly special. Dfonorow (2405) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Pour is brown/black with a very thin tan head. Aroma and flavor of fresh coffee, roasted malt, peat, sweet barley, and oatmeal. Finish is a bit thin, but flavorful. ARH (1141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2015
22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet. Cherry aromas fade quickly and turn to cream, oatmeal, and mild cacao with a mild smokey hint. The rich, dark brown hue appears oily and is topped by a brown, dense fuzz head that’s unstable with only a small ring of retention. The taste is highly sweet with a medium bitter undertone. The texture is creamy and thick with a soft, foamy head. The body is full with notes of lactose, vanilla, oatmeal, and dark chocolate. The finish is crazy smooth with clean vanilla notes and some oatmeal that turns toward cacao late with a light underpinning of booze. The aftertaste is dry cocoa powder and oats.