MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
My Bottom Line:islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
This heavy Imperial Stout develops plenty of chocolate and molasses flavors alongside brown sugar connotations before plunging into alcohol burn and moderate hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam skirts the darkness.
-Bourbon remains well integrated into the flavor profile.
-Alcohol presence is too much to my liking.
-This remains a very competent dessert brew for those with a sweet tooth.
8 or 10 oz. pour, on tap at Groveland Tap. Pours a chocolate-y, almost purple dark brown. Small to moderate amount of long-lasting taupe head. Chocolate and plum scents in an otherwise dry aroma. Sweet, syrupy taste. Maple syrup and brown sugar flavors. Boozy and hot taste: Cheap vodka or rum. Grape, even brandy flavors. Bitter and dry aftertaste. Full body. I tasted this at 2013 Autumn Brew Review and really liked it, but this time it was not nearly as good as I remembered (and not just because I consumed a larger amount; I was disappointed from the get-go). Bad value for an over-the-top imperial stout. Aging is required to mellow this beer out. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ. This was a cool concept. Nice notes of wheat, rye, roast , nut and vanilla. The bod is mediu - thick and the finish was a nice biting whisikey...yet not overbearing. jehoesefat (366) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Strong alcohol, roasted nuts aroma. Pours thick and dark brown with a tan head. Nice blend of flavors, nuts and bourbon with a strong alcohol finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. furthur (1225) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 From notes; Due to my prejudice of adding weird flavors to beer, I didn’t expect much, but this was suprisingly fantastic! It could almost make me like wheat beer...The pecan and bourbon go together so well with the malt...but it’s still not too sweet somehow. Wish I’d bought more.
Re-rate, version 4.0. I still think this is really a solid beer. The pecan is big, not artificial, and surrounded by chocolate, raisin and coffee. I love this still.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2014
65cl, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2013, with pecans, thx to John for bringing this over!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/spicy, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle served in a sniffer. Classic imp stout appearance: Dark and murky. Medium sized head. Nose of pecans, licorice and roasted malts. The flavor is big and medium-plus sweet. Huge mouthfeel. FYI, this is an alcoholic beverage. Thick, full body. Sticky texture and a long, VERY BOOZY, roasty bitter finish. And they put this beast in a 22. What were they thinking... UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
bottle from tleaver33 some time ago. pours deep deep brown, khaki head. nose of chocolate, nut. toffee, chocolate, some black malt. not much barrel o bourbon. full sludgy body. Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours black with a small head and tastes phenomenal! So happy to taste and to have close by on tap, let's see how long it hangs around!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
This is almost overreaching. As a tremendous geek, I loved the idea of Ensign Wesley Crusher designing a beer for me. This is a sipper that takes a little while to get used to. Pours an oil black thickness with coffee and bourbon aromas that burn my nostrils. Taste is ethanol and coffee at first, once the beer begins to warm and open up a little, the vanilla and fruit come out. Nice but too much for me.