cbkschubert (2867) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet roasted malt and smoke. Light lacing. Flavor is roasted malt, smoke and a bit of chocolate. The smoke lingers a bit in the finish and is borderline cloying. At this point, the beer is still fairly bitter. Medium to full body. A good beer.
IndianaRed (1798) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brewforia, Meridian, ID. Black with a small light tan head. Classic stout appearance. Moderate roasted aroma with some dark chocolate hints. Average roasted flavor, a bit thin and lacking a real stand out performance. Decent
nbutler11 (1261) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As much as I want to trade this, the ratings are way too high. Tried a bottle and on tap at Papago. Pours inky black with a trim beige head. Smells of fruit cake and plums. Tastes like a chocolate covered banana with birch tree bark. The flavor quickly grows cloying. Bummer.
adnielsen (6152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Freshcraft. Deep black appearance with a moderate sized dark brown head. Dark roasty, lighter honey sweetness, smooth chocolate malty aroma with a hint of booze. The flavor is sweeter than I expected from the nose. Chocolate, honey, light smoke, light wood, roasty malty flavor thatís a touch floral. Some bitterness on the finish. Mildly roasty, chocolate aftertaste. Nothing cosmic here but a solid, tasty brew.
CampesinoTino (612) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours black as tar with foamy chocolate malt head. The aroma is a sweet and roasty mix of caramel, roasted malt, honey and vanilla. The taste starts with a heavy dose of roasted malt, coffee and molasses and follows with mocha, raisins and alcohol notes. The body is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation while the finish is malty and mildly boozy. Overall, a well-balanced Imperial Stout thatís not overly sweet or burnt tasting.
killjoy966 (676) - Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. from Chuckís. Pretty big beer. I suppose thatís to be expected considering the ridiculous description. The "glacier-fed water" is a nice bit of hyperbole, but the beer is pretty damn tasty. Sweet like molasses and roasty. Reminds me of a spiced stout I once brewed.
portableparty (1596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle to snifter. Pours black brown with a dark kahki head that fades to a thick film and shows some lacing. Aroma is sweet and shows some vanilla syrup and dark fruit with hints of bitter chocolate. Taste is roasty malt and coco with some lingering coffee, but shows more dark fruit and syrup and tree sap like flavors with a lingering bitterness throughout. Palate is definitly full and creamy with a slick and oily feel and finishes dry. This is definitly tasty, but missing some of the strong chocolate and coffee notes that really get me wanting more.
after4ever (5279) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head and plenty of drippy dark lace. Big roasty sweet nose--dark pitted tree fruit, campfire, fruitwood bbq. Kind of an aromatic cross between a great quad and a great RIS. Kind of a great beer you want to smell more of. Thick creamy body, not sticky at all. Lively carb but not exactly effervescent at this depth of body. Roasty, chocolately, smokey, fruity mid-palate--the twist here seems to be the gentle fruity touches from the syrup. Thereís precious little ground to be broken in big impies anymore, if any. But these guys have carved out a nice little niche for this beer to at least give it some semblance of identity to go along with the high-quality execution that you would always expect from Alaskan. Nice beer for sure.
OldGrowth (2100) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at beach reception by Alaskan brewing. Sweet. Molasses, little herbal, little spruce like. Blackish brown color good head ioand lace. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel. Bitter sweet finish. Very nice. Big rich sweet aroma, nice sweet malt flavor well done .
thorongil2 (659) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(tap) clear very dark brown with small brown head; aroma of smoke fruit; smoky flavour with noticeable alcohol; good but not great