orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Iron Hill - Lancaster during their recent X-Mas in July event.
A - Pours jet black; with hints of brown around the edges; with a small half finger tall tan head leaving streaky lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of coffee, bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, licorice, light smoke, and sweet dark fruits. It is complex yet it smells like any other RIS would.
T - Starts off with plenty of rich coffee quickly giving way to a mix of sweet bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, light smoke, and some sweet dark fruits. It has lots of smokey roast yet it remains quite drinkable. The finish has plenty of dark roast, mixing with some chocolaty sweetness, to linger on the pallet long after the finish.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, roasty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.
O - Very nice. I see why this has won all those GAFB medals over the years. It has lots of things going on inside it, yet it remains drinkable and easy to enjoy. I am glad they snuck this keg on at the last minute.
Sparf (120) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lätt syrlig arom med köttiga, rostade toner. mild och välbalanserad. Helt svart brygd, en tät skumkrona och bra lämningar. Kraftig smak med rejält rostad malt och en stor beska. Även den syrliga köttigheten kommer igen samt introduceras kaffetoner. Oljigt sammetslen brygd med fyllig kropp och något för mycket kolsyra. Lång, kraftig eftersmak med framför allt beska.
Phillies08Champs (691) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 year old bottle from my cellar shared at Damico’s. Pours black with some tan head. Aroma is not strong, but still pleasant with notes of black malt, coffee and chocolate. First sip is glorious with huge mocha and roasted notes. Finish is sweeter than expected with hints of vanilla. Great stuff
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 3 years! Pours thick dark unclear with a creamy beige cocoa mixed head. Aroma brings light sweet mocha and roasted dark cacao. Flavor is amazing, bringing huge mocha notes and some dark cacao nibs on a beautiful creamy body.
jredmond (5328) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBSDADG 2014. Pours a deep blackish brown body with light off white/brown lacing. Aroma is rich and roasty with notes of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy on the palate with notes of dark chocolate, light chocolate brownie, rich earthy roast and a sweet sugary character in the finish. Great imperial stout.
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub (Voorhees). Pours pitch black with a thin creamy dark mocha colored head. Aroma is slightly boozy, with notes of rich coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is of rich coffee, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit, and caramel.
HeadyDE (502) - Delaware, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at iron hill newark..billed as a full bodied stout that starts with a complex malty sweet and high roasted character that is wonderfully balanced with the use of citrusy american hops..this really was enjoyable and one of the better offerings I have enjoyed from iron hill..solid representation of the style..good complex character..roasty..not overpowering..tasty
Beerdedone (2615) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep opaque black with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves sticky rings of lace. Aroma of bakers chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and notes of licorice. Flavor was sweet bitter & creamy with roasted malts, mild coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice and had an oily texture with soft carbonation.
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is close to black with a finger-wide brown head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and booze. Flavor is on the malty side but is very overpowered by roast. Boozy finish, medium bodied.
60minuteman (751) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Draft from WC. Dark color, lots of head. Heavy, thick body, medium-long duration. Oat, nut, cocoa flavor. Excellent.