HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
2013-01-18 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml bottle c/o J&K. Clear borderline opaque ruby-black with a minimal frothy beige head. Tons of dry roast in the aroma, a little cream with coffee, treacle and alcohol (8-). Taste of oak (not much bourbon, mostly wood), roasty and only vaguely sweet, which is nice, mid-level alcohol - really well done. Slick, mild carbonation at best, finishes fairly quick, a little herbal, some building booziness; "sophisticated, nice, pleasant ---- not amaaaaazing" jw0406 (1305) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
750 ml bottle pours a black color with a nice tan head. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, dark roasted malt. Very good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Black with a silky head. Big boozy aroma with a sweet smooth vanilla, oaky. Hints of roast
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Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a modest fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. It retains on the average/below average side, with some spotting present here. The nose is cracker crust, light marshmallow, caramel and chocolate, with mild bourbon presence. The flavor profile has a medium body for the style - it begins with modest chicory, graham cracker, moving to a hint of vanilla here. Chocolate and roast rear their heads here, and it moves to the barrel presence near the finish, but it is modest. Bittering notes near the finish - In some ways, it underwhelms, but overall, a nice enough attempt.
alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Pours tar black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. Outstanding flavor with vanilla, chocolate, notes along with subtle bourbon and some hop bitterness. Very nice beer! Ataraxia (572) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Opaque black, thin mocha head. Wood, chocolate, bourbon, and little coffee. Light sweetness, bitterness in the back, and oaky dryness. Smooth, full bodied, and moderate booziness. Christian (13815) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice and bourbon with dark chocolate notes. Sweetish oaky and licorice flavour with plenty of dark chocolate flavour Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pour is black with a large bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, prunes, plums, and oak. Flavor has vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, wood, milk, and nuts. Finish is a bit thin and boozy. Low carbonation. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2011 bottle. Pitch black body, large khaki head, soapy lacing. Big bourbon nose with chocolate, licorice, coffee, roast, and earth. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, lingering finish with a touch of heat and earthy bitterness. I think age has treated this well.