MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
Thanks Chris. near black, but no lights around so can’t tell for sure, rich tan head that lasts. Nose is light oat and chocolate, heavy sugar, but bland. Bit green and plastic. Flavor is hot, some anise and orange at front, heavily sweet, also fudge and oats mid with a sticky, plastic and bubblegum sweet airy finish reminiscent of KtG. Rich, silky body, stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Growler from a friend recently at the brewery. This one wasn’t my cup of tea. Pours black, opaque with small head. Carbonation is still there. Aroma is intense and gives way to the roastiness and sweetness of this monster. Flavor is dominated by sucralose, roasted notes and whiskey. I think the sucralose thing is really getting to me. Some background tamari notes as well. Full bodied. Not a favorite for me. brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Growler. Finally, a pour of CJ that isn't infected! Rich and full of flavor, barrel character complements the underlying stout. Still suffers from CW Syndrome (lack of body); a nice BA stout nonetheless. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 2004 vintage, I assume, hand bottled by Footbalm and sampled with MartinT, Muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Tiggmtl on 3/25/05. For being bottled from a growler, this sure did pour a wonderful tan head atop a dark black/dark-mahogany brown body. The head was about one-finger high and quickly diminishing, probably due more to the alcohol and barrel-aging. Aroma has notes of vanilla, sour-mash whiskey, lightly charred oak, thick, salty chocolate and bitter black malt. Light alcohol esters are perceived, but it is not anything out of the ordinary for a barrel aged Imperial stout. Flavor, for me, was incredibly over-aged in the bourbon. It was sharp, alcoholic, acidic, bitter and just intensely dominated by the bourbon. Dry wood notes, stinging whiskey and light smokiness all make me cringe as I drink it. I did love the body, however, which was rich, creamy and thick to the last drop. As the beer finished and there was some respite from the barrel, a velvety, sweet chocolate flavor emerged, that had been hiding behind the barrel-flavors. This is the good part, and I thought it a shame that the barrel masked this through most of the flavor experience. Low carbonation, very well-made stout with a rich body, but just way too much harsh barrel-character, at least for my tastes. If this had a subtle barrel character, my score would be more like a 9/5/8/5/17 hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2007
MUST DRINK WARM! Aroma has some bourbon and a bit of roast and chocolate. There us a sting of alcohol in there also. This is strange for sure, the flavour is non-existent when cold but asnit warms it let’s a bit out. Chocolate and roast tastes, bourbon makes its way out there as well, but it is more of an oaky woody flavour. Finishes with a strong hint of alcohol and oak, has some black anise as well. Its not fantastic but it does grow on you.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pours an opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and acetaldehyde. Flavor is caramel, nice bourbon, oak, vanilla, green apple (acetaldehyde), toast, and a bitter spicy finish. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle from trade poured a dark chestnut color with a thick covering of mocha head. Aroma has some sourness, dark malts, roast, and some barrel wood. Mouth feel is thin for the style and there is plenty of carbonation. Flavor unfortunately confirms the nose with sour tartness, cherry, dark roasted malt, and some heat. This bottle is definitely infected:( Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Really deep amber. Aroma dominated by the barrel pretty nice. Flavor dominated by oak, acidity. Beer is a bit thin, nothing special. Tastes about the same as it did in Feb, don’t think this beer is infected like some have reported, its just not a very good beer this year. BoBoChamp (5878) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2012 (red wax), as Townhall Cellar Series ’Czar Jack’, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex sour Stout, sour/roasted and slightly fruity/alcoholic, not balanced, cloudy, good head, sadly infected brew! GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
750mL red wax thanks to Emily. Inky pour with medium, reddish head. Spotty lace. Nose is spicy meat, chili bowl, big green olive brine. Taste is over carbonated, dry, rained, salty. A bit harsh and acrid with no body. Very effervescent with too much carbonation. My first thought was this was infected. Disappointing.