commonshawn (1326) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a supremely dark brown color, one that’s very opaque. Very little head here, just a thin tan-colored film, and even that retains poorly. On the other hand, this has visible alcohol legs.
S: This has a lot of boozy dark fruits, along with perhaps a twinge of nuttiness and a twinge of chocolate. There’s also a twinge of bourbon - not actual oaky character, though. An acceptable nose...but man, I was expecting something that was total batshit insanity with a side of bourbon-soaked pecans. And it’s just not; it’s really just...boozy. Inhaling directly from the bottle yields more pecan notes, though.
T: The opening flavors are very chocolaty - always a good thing in imperial stouts. Bourbon very briefly pops up in the middle, before turning into a spicy, boozy finish. Some pecan flavors also pop up on the back end, becoming gradually bolder as more is imbibed; the strong nutty character is very redolent of Arrogant Bastard to an extent. The booze bite on the back end is more fruity than fusely. It’s about as alcoholic as I expect a 13% stout to be, no more, no less, and becomes less of an issue as this warms up. Actually, my chief complaint about this brew isn’t the alcohol presence (that gradually calms down), it’s the lack of complexity. There really isn’t much to this beyond booze, chocolate, and pecan. Even worse, there really isn’t a lot of harmony or balance between those flavors. But it’s endearing. Endearing, much in the same way that ’Merica is endearing.
Gawd bless ’Merica.
M: It feels a bit light (I’d call it medium-bodied if it weren’t 13%) and airy, along with a touch of rye-derived coarseness. There isn’t much of a substantial feeling on the palate - it’s almost like it was designed to be surprisingly drinkable for such a big stout. And honestly? It is. At a higher temperature, the boozy notes become obscured, making this even easier to sip.
O: It’s not often I get a brew where the flavor profile is MUCH better than the aroma (without the aforementioned nose being out-and-out horrid and/or not to my liking), but this is exactly that. I wouldn’t call it top-caliber - it doesn’t have supreme depth, or even a good balance for that matter. Still, it has a definite charm that makes it much better than the average imperial stout. And hey, it’s far more likeable than Wesley Crusher ever was.
Tap at republic 7 corners during imperial black Friday. Black with small off white head. Sweet boozy nose. Taste
is delicious sugary nuttiness. Perfect body. Excellent. GregMooreNH (122) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Pour oily black with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, roast and vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate with bitter coffee working in. Finish is all about the whiskey. A great, complex stout. donandres (678) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - NOV 8, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:03 PM
22 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight: Black, big brown foam that dissipates slowly
Smell: Very fragrant, pleasant, hint of toasted grains and nuts
Taste: Excellent, medium-low bitterness, sweet
Mouthfeel: excellent initial feel, good follow through, long finish and lingering aftertaste , lively carbonation, creamy
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Cool_Bond (2800) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2017
Oak and coffee in the aroma. Chocolate, coffee, oak and soy in taste. Exquisite bitterness that fills the mouth forever. Enjoyable beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings. Learninbeer (641) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2017
The aroma is light, a little bourbon some vanilla. Pours a dark brown with dark tan head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is a medium bitter. The body is medium/full, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish bitter and long. Very Good! Smooth body, great taste and bitterness is well balanced.
tiong (7642) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2017
Draught @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, vanilla, cocoa, earthiness and coffee. Taste is heavy, sweet and syrupy with loads of roastiness, vanilla, toffee, coffee, licorice, cocoa and chocolate, hints of bourbon. Finish is sweet, heavy and roasty with loads of coffee, cocoa, vanilla and chocolate, hints of bourbon. Sweet and heavy, quite complex. Alcohol is well hidden. mjs (7698) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2017
(Keg at Pikkulintu, 20171103) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had burnt malts, whisky, vineousness and vanilla. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, vineousness, whisky, wood, vanilla and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody, burnt and bitter. A well done barrel aged brew. puboflyons (3501) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From the 650 ml. bottle with a bottling date of 6/28/17. Serving about 40 degrees. Near jet black pour with a modest, tan head that fades. Big roasted malt aroma with dark fruits akin to plums or raisin. Slightly burnt or smoky sensation. It is 13% but the booze aromas are not as pungent as I expected. The body is full with a heavy texture. The taste has a bold sweetness with an alcohol burn that is more notable in the flavor than on the nose. A real slow sipper. CpyNPrnT (640) - Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2017
Aroma is lots of booze, barrel presence, taste is very smooth, vanilla is definitely present, burnt notes from the barrel, very good. Capa (3448) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2017
Black with a deep head. Chocolate, roasted malt, booze, light bourbon, molasses. Light nuts and a little spice. Full bodied. Powerful. Tasty.