TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by drewbeerme. Thanks, Drew! Pours a deep blackish hue, full bodied pour with a frothy brown head atop that dies to a firm layer, laces well. Healthy opaque body with some darker brownish edges around. Aromas are deep and roasty, chocolate and gentle ash hit the palate. Cocoa, caramel, a bit of wood and gentle spirit hit the nostrils. Toastiness, biscuits, and toffee. A full nose with a gentle dryness, gentle coffee and smoke elements really runs the whole gambit. Initial is fuller bodied, offering roast and smoke, toastiness and a full body. Gentle oak creeps in, bit of spirit, toffee and toast. Caramel, some toastiness and smoked wood. Gentle dryness, richer coffee and cocoa elements at times. Really well put together, backend shows some dryness, firm smokiness, and oak elements. Really lingers well and quite the memorable brew.
kbudd19 (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a nice coffee and wood smell up front. Can taste a bit of the wood finish on the way down. Overall not bad.
deyholla (11161) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drew, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of roasted malts with a bit of bourbon and wood with a bit of smoke. Flavor has a combination of roasted malts and ashy smoke with a hint of bourbon.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black whispy head. Aroma scotchy, vanilla, smoke, ash. Flavors ashy, scotch, cocoa, bitter finish.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black with a nice big brown head leaving lace nicely up the glass. Aromas of fantastic roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, licorice, coffee, dark fruits. Flavours of dark chocolate, complex rich roasted/burnt malts, dark fruit sweetness, bourbon, oak, creamy mouth feel, medium bitterness on the finish. Very well rounded flavourful beer.
Sask89 (514) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a small creamy mocha head. Aroma is heavy in chocolate with some coffee and vanilla scents, alongside a slight caramel and buttermilk undertone. Taste is rich and sweet up front with a lingering dry bitterness. Full bodied, subtle carbonation and a creamy mouth feel. Overall an amazing imperial stout, would love to have this one again.
stantheman (1014) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Small bottle in a presentation tube from Viti Wine and Lager on Seymour/Smythe in Vancouver.
Pours pitch black with a moderate darker tan head. I’m getting sweet milk chocolate and coffee on the nose. Flavor is of chocolate and coffee. Mouth feel is a bit oily. Finish is long and somewhat bitter.
An excellent imperial stout, with, I think, a more bitter finish than most of it’s type. I don’t fault it on that; a matter of preference, however...
I have to fault it somewhat on price and value. Except for the noticeably more bitter finish, I didn’t find it remarkable for it’s type. Except as previously noted, it’s not readily distinguishable from such greats as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout or Old Rasputin IS. The bourbon cask treatment fails to come through in a beer that is already very rich in flavor.
Personally, I find it over-packaged (it’s beer, not scotch whiskey, folks!) and overpriced at 8 bucks locally. I won’t even comment on the screw neck, practical though it may be!
TheHOFF43 (2049) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours very dark with no head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is a very smooth stout with good balance between malts, chocolate and abv.
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 version poured into a tulip. Pours an opaque black with a huge 2" dark brown head that dissipates into a half inch and leaves tons of lacing in the glass(a ring on the glass for every sip). Aroma is of vanilla chocolate, smoke/wood, espresso & bourbon. Taste is roasted malts & molasses up front with a sweet dark fruits on the finish & a string dark chocolate/strong espresso type bitterness on the finish. Mouth feel is very creamy & makes this big beer very smooth, well rounded & blends all flavors together perfectly.
fiulijn (20256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Legacy Liquor Store, Vancouver
Pitch black color, pouring oily, initially almost without head, developing later a generous and persistent brown creamy head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate with vanilla pod, Bourbon oak, roasted nuts. Smooth mouthfeel, and good body size; the flavor is deep, chocolatey, but unfortunately also too roasty; it has some liquorice flavor, traces of vanilla, and mild final salty impression; coffeish finish.
Good, but too burnt, in my book.