puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle from Markgugs. Getting on one year old, now. Whiskey roast aroma. Licorice and anise. Not the greatest. Warm, balanced roastiness and slighty whiskey in the flavor, a touch of oak and a little vanilla. Not great cold but quite nice warm -- as usual with imperial stouts. Palate unfortunately is very harsh, rough to put down... overcarbonated and lacking body. An enjoyable drink but not even close to the best BA ISs. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/03/2007Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
black, fine beige head, streaks of lace, sweet roasted aroma with light oak, bourbon aroma shows up after a while, light tartness, roasted flavor, touch of oak, sweetness comes out with a hint of whiskey, after sitting a while the oak picks up a bit of tartness but the whiskey never shows again,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Bottle thanks to Blake! Poured deep black with a tall, creamy cap of caramel head. Aroma was of sweet, roasty chocolate and bourbon sugars.. lots of cola in there too with mild oak accents.. not too much barrel presence in the nose, but not too thick a base either. Flavor found semi-sweet chocolate and oaky oatmeal sweetness at the core.. very mild herbal bitterness.. some vanilla, chocolate, and oak at the finish.. not too complex, but certainly tasty. Creamy on the middle of the palate with some sourness at the finish.. medium-bodied. This was a solid stout, but nothing special. 6 4 7 4 13 Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
750mL bottle. Poured clear medium brown with low-to-medium viscosity and a short-lived, swirly cap of tan head. The aroma was on the sweet side with milky chocolates and rolled oats joined by a mild and well-mannered barrel presence (sweet smoked whiskey, light toasted oak, and vanilla).. warmth brought out more of the whiskey, and I really enjoyed it. The flavor had sweeter chocolates and moderately-roasted black malts at the core.. the barrel (especially the whiskey) gave more of an impression on the edges and through the lengthy finish along with sweet malts.. finished with mild peppery alcohol, sweeter, milky chocolates, and whiskey.. yummy!! Medium-plus bodied with subtle carbonation the moves it well across the palate.. lots of sweetness in there, but it dries out at the barrely finish.. balance was excellent, and I’d drink another any time. Great brew!
750 ml bottle
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Thanks to Blake for sharing this at an impromptu pre-Great Taste gathering. I’ve had the regular version and actually find that preferable in some ways to this one. Compared to the ’rock stars’ on Saturday it was a shadow of what it could have been. Most of that I can attribute to the base beer itself which I find a little underwhelming.
Aroma / Appearance - The dark brown pour had a one finger head which settled slowly over time. Creamy sticky lacing clung to the sides of my glass as one would expect with a high gravity imperial stout. Oak, vanilla, anise and a trace amount of coffee do not assault the senses so much as massage them. I found it a bit weak for the style.
Flavor / Palate - Oatmeal, anise and trace vanilla notes are good but not impressive. I can easily pick on the bourbony aspects which seem to dominate more than the base beer. It is dull and lifeless for an imperial stout in my opinion. The oaky finish leaves something to be desired. Thanks for sharing Blake!
Pours to a hazy brown/black body with a large frothy light brown head that becomes thin. The aroma is chocolate, bourbon, dry wood, honey, and vanilla. The flavor is molasses, chocolate, bourbon, dry wood, and vanilla. The palate has a medium sweetness and the beer is medium bodied with an oily soft texture.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
From Secret Santa! Pours black with a huge, thick, well-retained light brown head. Nice, rich chocolatey nose, with a big dark malt presence. The whiskey was there, but not huge and up in your face like other barrel aged beers I’ve had. I liked that. A little caramel in there too to round out the aromas. Very creamy mouthfeel, the whiskey gives it a nice caramel flavor to go along with the roast and chocolate malts. Seems to be balanced quite well for a barrelaged beer, sometimes tough to find. I thought this was tasty, and pretty well done. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours dark with ruby edges and a good size beige head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. The flavor is smooth, chcolate, roast, slightly sweet, oak, with a nice alcohol kick in the finish. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
750ml bottle. Vintage 2002 via trade with someone unkown. Aroma is malty but restrained. Pour is black with a thin but visible light brwon head. The taste is sweet and light with a nice smooth taste. Overall after BA 4th Dementia this beer tastes like nothing so I’m not super sure how to rate it. joergen (28991) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
Black coloured with a beige head.
Light roasted aroma of liquorice and chocolate with notes of vanilla and wood.
Light roasted flavour of chocolate and liquorice with notes of vanilla and wood. Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a small brown head. The aroma is of roasted malt, wood, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. The taste is also of roasted malt, wood, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, but also some whisky notes and some alcohol. Medium body with a light sweet warming finish.