BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2014
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bomber bottle : Pours a very deep brown, near opaque with a fading fizzy head and not much lace. The aroma has heavy espresso like vapours with equally heavy charred malt, hint of green pepper and mint, faint vanilla and some strange tea baggy and soy sauce esters as well. The taste is equally perplexing, sure there is roast and plenty of it but it does not have any depth of malt profile and again a strange black tea like astringency along with a rancid oil yuckyness. The mouth feel is also a major letdown, thin bodied and slightly ashy, no richness or oily notes found within the genre. Wow, methinks sometime went wrong here and the beer is not what was intended. I wonder of the coffee oils somehow went bad? Now I am not a biggest fan of vanilla (more a chocolate kinda guy) but really was expecting more vanilla tones considering the label.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Stoutfest ’14. pours black with tan head. big ashy and roasty coffee aroma with green pepper notes. flavors continue, bit ashy and roasty, medium body. not really memorable.
charule (808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stoutfest 2014. Black with tan head. Bitter coffee aroma and taste. Light carb, med bod. Very coffee forward.
artmcd8 (1300) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GI Stout Fest. Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. Big roasted coffee/espresso aroma. Taste follows the aroma, bitter black coffee but with a slight vanilla sweetness to it. Medium thick body and medium carbonation.
johnnnniee (2038) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at the EBF Saturday
Nice rich coffee and chocolate but feels like it needs more sweetness to me.
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Definitely a 1-dimensional beer though I like it. High coffee astringency, higher carbonation, not much else.
TheArgoPirate (64) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a fine khaki head. Somewhat muted aroma for a RIS, notes of caramel, toffee, coffee. Flavor is roasty, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Fairly thin for an imperial stout. Decent but not great.
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jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled . Pours dark with a small ring for a head. Aroma of star anise, burnt coffee, and booze. Flavor is hot, pleasant malt character, some soy sauce, and burnt coffee beans. Astringent and bitter like old stale coffee takes the shine off of a beer that started with promise
Quetzolcotl (19) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This Imperial Stout is a C student. I only get coffee in the aroma and have to hunt for vanilla or any malt flavors. The malty richness of a Russian Imperial stout is not there - there are no complex flavors, no chocolate, no roastyness or any of the other things that make a great RIS. I don’t think that the base beer is that good to begin with, then the coffee is there to hide that fact. Wish I would have checked this site before wasting $12 on a bomber.
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Santa! Pours deep and dark with a small ring of khaki head. Aroma: coffee, vanilla, and steeped grains. Coffee comes through the most in this. Taste: moderately sweet, medium bitterness, somewhat astringent. Full body, average carbonation.