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Review by Dr. Rockzo on 12/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 2009
This is one of the last few remaining brews I have from Todd, never enough thanks can be sent out to him for the insane box. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Darkness ’09 tulip glass.

A: Pours out a rich and thick (not the thickest I’ve seen though) motor oil black color with only a faint hint of a dark brown highlight around the rim when held directly to a light. A very surprising and very impressive 2+ finger cappuccino-mocha colored foamy/frothy head builds up quickly and has amazing retention, taking a while to settle into a thin but covering cap. Tons of dripping sheets of lace are left everywhere on the glass. This is one of the best looking RIS’s I’ve ever seen!

S: The smell is a bit tame at first when cold, but opens up a bit with some warmth. That being said, it’s still not super intense like some other BA RIS’s. I’m getting some obvious espresso/coffee notes with a touch of cream and sugar, some butterscotch and toasty caramel oakiness from the barrel, a hint of sweet toffee and non-burnt caramel, a bit of a dark berry sweetness, and some general roasted graininess. Fairly complex and very well integrated aromas, just not very pungent.

T: The taste is actually much better than I was expecting from the smell, and a lot more intense in general. A big punch of coffee with minor cream/sugar notes hits first before a wash of rich and thick butterscotchy/oaky barrel notes come in with subtle vanilla accents. A flavorful backing of caramel, toffee, and roasted grains makes for a deep experience from front to back. Minor notes of dark chocolate-covered berries hit late. Just a wonderful mixture of many different tastes happening here; near perfect blending/integration.

M: The mouthfeel is on the slightly fuller side of medium body but by no means as viscous as some RIS’s. The carbonation is moderately high for the style but not too tingly or harsh. The consistency starts out sweet and fairly sticky before the roasty-bitterness from the dark malts, oak, and coffee come into play on the finish. Alcohol heat is minimal with only a bit of comforting warmth left building on the throat. Overall, it has a nice mix of sweet and dry/bitter sensations for my tastes in an imperial stout that comes across quite creamy, smooth, and easy-drinking.

D: This is one spectacular brew overall, with a few slight imperfections here and there. I can’t believe all the negative reviews I’ve heard about it over on the other site. It’s creamy and easily slammable, super rich and complex, and just pleasing in almost every way. I could easily drink a bomber of this to the dome, but I was happy to share this greatness and savor my ~11oz slowly.

I knew that this was going to be an enjoyable brew (coming out of FW’s barrel aged lineup) but it honestly surprised me and was even better than I had hoped for. DEFINITELY get your hands on one if you can, totally worth trying. 762 thumbs up.

Served In: Tulip

Review by mar on 12/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
Bottle thanks to weeheavysd. Pitch black with a thin khaki head. Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, syrup and licorice aromas. Very nice on the palate with a good flavor that is pretty much summed up by the nose. Very creamy finish with a roasted chocolate flavor.

Served In: Tulip

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