Ataraxia (378) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate syrup, roasted malt, smoke, bitter coffee, and dark fruits. Medium sweetness rounded out with strong bitterness. Fairly viscous, creamy, and full bodied. Black color, beige head.
JohnGalt1 (530) - , Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
mkabull hooked this rarity up in a great trade. Alec is a fantastic trader and you should search him out. This bottle was shared at our annual RIS tasting and didn’t disappoint. Pours a sorta thick looking black, short lived dark brown head... lacing retention. Really standard/no-flaw RIS... big roast with nice balance from the residual sugars... dark cherry essence is present, but light.. bittersweet chocolate with warmth... nice body and bubble. Thanks again Alec, we should stay in touch.
stevoj (2243) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.
tom10101 (2957) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (22 oz). From hoppypocket, thanks David! Pitch black with a medium beige head, some retention and little lacing. Aroma is quite complex with dark chocolate, raisins, liquorice, roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits. Taste is slightly sweet with raisins, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, liquorice, roasted malt, molasses and dark fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel. Creamy too. Excellent balance and quite complex. I enjoyed it a lot!
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you Tommy for sharing this beer with me. Really excited to try it. Enjoyed at room temp in a stemmed wine glass
A - Pitch black, minor head that quickly fades.
S - Quite ashy. a ton of cocoa and marshmallow with just a touch of turpentine.
T - Very ashy, loads of milk chocolate, lots of licorice. sort of a boldness of really nice English bittering hops, creamy vanilla and charcoal
M - Very creamy. Really sticks around for some time.
O - I enjoyed this a LOT! If you can find a bottle, send it to me!
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with a small. Tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruits, molasses, smoke, burnt wood, and alcohol. Taste of molasses, more dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some alcohol in the finish.
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from backlog, bottle tasted 08/22/2012. Pours dark brown, mocha head. Aroma is rich, earthy dark chocolate, roast, licorice. Taste is dark chocolate liqueur, nicely hopped, coffee and roast. Rich, creamy body. Very nice.
Ernesto987 (3776) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at HF, glad to have tried something else by these guys, rich and thick, so glad this one survived the flood, roasty and thick, good stout
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized tan head. Roast, chocolate, some eathiness, molasses, light coffee, and dark fruits. Alcohol content too well hidden and very easy to drink.
crossovert (7585) - Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Fantastic appearance. Smell is huge on anice, slight citrus. Flavor is again anise, some dark fruits, leather, cocoa, coffee. Nice beer.