kemoarps (46) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Deep clear almost-obsidian, just with some warmer touches. Good sized velvety brown head that lasts quite some time
Nose starts kind of thin with sweet figs and char. Not much more.
Sweet dark fruits dominate and then an alcohol wallop that tickles the throat long after it’s been swallowed. Sweet dark fruits and alcohol. I get no barrel outside of the alcohol itself. Maybe a faint hint of oak part way through but not much.
Not bad per se if it were just a basic overly boozy stout (but still not GREAT [I’m not as big on the fruitier stouts like Anchor, preferring more roasty/char/etc. But thats just me]), but looking for a BA it leaves much to be desired. katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Nice oaky scent in a deep black color. Light notes of tar and tobacco but vanilla shows through. Rich coating. Tap pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle: Dark brown with a tn ring head. Smooth aroma of bourbon and berries. Tangy notes with a sweet finish. Scoobyluvshub (43) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Darft at Pour Taproom in Asheville. Poured dark brown with decent tan head. Aroma was great, dark fruits, coffee, oak, vanilla, perhaps a bit of dark chocolate if you dive deep. A lot of oak in the taste along with, whiskey, coffee, raisin, sour. JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Appearance: silky near-black pour, with a short, dark tan head. Aroma: strong dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, burnt molasses, light soy sauce, and a light undertone of whiskey and wood. Taste: sweet, with very dark chocolate, espresso, prominent vanilla and cream, burnt wood, brown bread, and bourbon. Finish: lingering sweetness, lightly syrupy, a low and smooth heat from the bourbon. Notes: Liked this a lot. Often these barrel-aged stouts are north ot 10% abv and kick your teeth in with the bourbon. This was light enough that the bottle was a savored pleasure, not a chore to finish the final sips. The well-restrained alcohol let the flavors shine. Bottle from Total Wine & More in Fairfax, Virgina (Pickett Center).
hopwine (678) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Nose is heat/whiskey, coffee grounds, faint cocoa. Flavor is same plus some red fruit, wet oak, touch of paper/oxidation, vanilla, chocolate more prominent than in aroma. solid especially for the price. zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (bottled February 11, 2015). Dark brown, nearly black, pour with a short brown head. Great aroma of chocolate cake, vanilla, whiskey, and oak. Nice flavors of coffee and chocolate blended with vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and wood. Moderate alcohol warming. A great imperial stout! KyotoLefty (10689) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, a few years old. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oxidation. A bit light, minerally, somewhat thin but tasty. maekchu (4054) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle. Thick pruney nose. Dark fruit flavors, blends and moves into a light boozy chocolate mid palate, and then it flattens out. All fairly mild, compared to what it should be. 3-4 years-old. Unfortunately, some oxidation has diminished the flavors kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Black pour from 12oz bottle from trade, at home. Off white head. Aroma is a lite fruity and toasty. Tastes more like a sour than a stout to me. Grape, fruits, whiskey and a hint of cocoa. Really unique. Pleasantly drinkable