Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a perfect beer. Drinking liquid chocolate - yet there is no chocolate in this. You canít taste alcohol a bit. This beer is indescribable. I only gave it a 4.9 in anticipation of the barrel aged stuff. It might be a 5, or not. Pours dark black with brown head that recedes, but leaves lacing all over. Creamy, smooth, beautiful.
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Color is black with a toast-colored head like coffee -- appropriate, because it tastes like roasted coffee beans. Great rich, creamy mouthfeel. Full body. Toasty, roasted coffee/espresso taste (and similar bitterness), caramels. Long finish. Easy to drink despite being 12%. It has the bitterness of good coffee and is more about the aroma and feel than a multitude of tastes.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think this is the best IRS that I have been able to buy anytime I want......super complex malt profile and great coffee flavor and smell
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 I donít care what everyone else rated this beer, Iím not a fan of it and hereís why.
1-it tastes like a strong espresso coffee.
2- It has a harsh bitterness and a not-so-pleasant alcoholic/resinous flavor.
3- Itís WAY over-hyped.
4- I paid about 15 bucks plus shipping for this.
So overall, yeah, itís an OK impy stout, but Iím not a huge fan of the coffee and harsh bitterness in this one.
cspring (15) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from Dilly Deli - dark pour, dark black body with little tan head. Smells and tastes of coffee but a great smooth, creamy finish. Believe the hype.
ruberbox (15) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 I had extremely high expectations, with all the amazing reviews. Wow, does not disappoint. The pinnacle of my impy stout tasting career.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Alesmith The Shit: On tap at Alesmith on 08/01/2008. Brewed with Kona Lupe coffee. Dark black body with a medium creamy head. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel aroma. Big coffee flavor, chocolate, caramel and light molassas flavor. Full body with medium low carbonation. 8/5/9/4/18 - 4.4 (Not included in overall score)
3/29/2008: Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Dark black body with a light brown head. Light caramel and roast aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and chocolate in the aroma. 8/5/9/5/16 - 4.3
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle bought at Spuyten Duyvil Grocery in williamsburg. an amazing little gem. smells coffe with a backdrop of hops. taste is huge. bags of malt flavor, toasted roasted, coffee, cakey, goodness. but equally balanced with hops that go on. my birthday buddy says 100% 100% 100%. it is damned near perfect.
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle FREE from pantanap! The guy clearly rocks beyond all comprehension. Pours a dark, dark brown, like Kahlua. No head. Aroma is very strong chocolate and coffee and has a nice roasted malt character. Palate is very smooth and very creamy. Maybe the thickest beer Iíve ever had. Taste is more coffee, more chocolate, and more roasted character.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked it up at AleSmith on my awesome trip out to San Diego. Pours a thick opaque black with a very thin tan head that quickly disappears. Nose of is heavy dark chocolate and a lot of coffee. I didnít realize this beer was 12%, it was very easy to drink. Creamy mouthfeel. Tons of coffee and chocolate in the flavor as well. Great stuff....I need more.