blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle , from pushkinwow in trade, velvet brown pour with creamy espresso foam, aroma is bitter chocolate, raisin, cake, flavor is roast malt chcocoate, raisin bread, burnt ash finish LoicLegault (7) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
2010 and 2011 side by side.
black with small brown head that goes away
heavy and complex taste, the 2011 more bitter on finish
not a lot of carbonation specially in the 2010
Worth waiting the 2010 was way better
Gerbeer (3674) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
341 ml bottle. Pours black with huge dark tan head. Aromas of hickory smoke and dark roasted malts. Smooth and full bodied. Dark flavors of burnt wood, burnt malts, dark fruit, and dark chocolate Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
Bouteille de 341ml, robe noire au reflets rubis, arôme de houblon et de torréfaction, goût de moka vanillé et de houblonsl e tout bien balancé tderoeck (9471) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
23/11/12 - 341ml bottle @ home - 2011 vintage - BB: n/a (2012-1304) Thanks to Hafiz for the bottle!
Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Clear dark brown to black, thick substance, small beige to brown head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, pretty yeasty, pumpernickel bread, cocoa powder. MF: quite some carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty bitter overpowering a lot of the flavours, caramel, cocoa powder, bit sourish, incense, slightly sweet touch. Aftertaste: caramel, charcoal, coffee, little sour, some vanilla.
Shared from a 11.5 oz bottle at home. Pours d black with a creamy tan head. Fermented raisin nose. Hints of dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish. TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
Pure decadance. Pours an opaque black with large, foamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood. Sweet coffee and fruit, licorice. Smooth finish with some alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Gonna through some of these in the cellar and wait a few years. mathieuc (3941) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
2011 vintage, poured into its own snifter. Pitch black with a milk chocolate head, quite sexy and luscious. Smell is bourbon, smoke, roasted malts and hops. Taste is more roasted malt, with a certain bitterness and some alcohol heat. Overall a very nice IS from McAuslan, one that I could substitute for the Hornbeer Black Magic Woman in my diet. In fact, let me just add that I am not a big stout guy and this one I actually really like. dandeman (971) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Millésime 2013 dégusté le 3 Nov.
Nous retrouvons en olfactif le bourbon, la mélasse, le boisé, le chocolat, le café et les cerises. La même complexité des arômes. Elle nous offre toujours la même apparence également; mousse onctueuse, crémeuse et épaisse. La dentelle tient un peu moins que l’au passé. Le café est toutefois dominant dans ce brassin-ci, avec du bourbon et des notes de boisé. Les cerises et les notes de sucre sont moins présentes que par le passé, laissant place à une légère amertume en finale. Le café et le boisé ressortent plus cette année. réduction de la note de 2 points par rapport à l’an passé (4.6) I was pretty anxious to taste that 2012 vintage having made my 12 pack reservation many weeks ago.
Aroma: A lot of molasses with black coffee, wood notes,black chocolate and cherry. Aromas are exploding up the nose in a remarkable complexity. This powerful and complex nose can easily serve as reference to all other stouts.
Appearance: pitch black, marvelous creamy head with two colors: pale and chocolate brown. Head is sticking to glass for several minutes and developing a tremendous lacing.
Taste: Attack and mouth feel is very round and unctuous, paired with a little sparkling all around the tongue. Perfectly roasted malt flavors are pushing up the perfectly balanced notes of molasses, caramel, cherry, chocolate and coffee. Sugars are very well balanced too.
An exceptional beer. Body and texture are perfect. Every zip is a delight. Having tasted the last three vintages, I have to say that 2012 is a great if not the best batch. piscator34 (2508) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottled sample via Fred82. Black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of red grape, plum, bourbon, and mocha. Flavors are of chocolate, caramel, espresso, bourbon, and pale malt. Medium bodied, with a ’coffee dry’ finish. A bit fruit forward for my taste on the nose, but the flavor is very nice. Not world class, but it definitely holds its own with other barrel aged imperial stouts I’ve tried.