bwa5879 (301) - Portage, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle from whole foods, westlake ave., seattle WA. Pretty deep black pour with minimal foam that was the color of caramel. Lots of thick lacing. Smokey, woodsy malt scent thatís smooth, creamy vanilla and bitter fairly acidic coffee and rich nuts too, perhaps floral hops detected. Low carbonation (average for the style), oily mouthfeel, super clean finish for the style. Big malt and alcohol flavor. Creamy at the same time though...difficult to explain. Strong bitter coffee taste. Bitterness and acidity flavors toward the end, floral and pine hops probably. Rich buttery chocolate flavor on finish. Pretty unique example of the style due to what tastes like hop addition. ABV is slightly noticeable. Pretty delicious.
fidelis83 (1584) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a tall, creamy, sorta chunky mocha brown head that has awesome retention and leaves good lacing. Aroma has tons of coffee, chocolate, toast, caramel, a little toffee, sugared roast nuts, a little earthiness and dry floral notes. Flavor is loaded with coffee right away, like good coffee, lots of sweet caramel, roasted nuts and milk chocolate come in, roast malt, hints of pine and bitter dried citrus, earthy notes, some floral and lightly acidic hop notes that could easily be from the coffee instead of hops and as it warms some dark fruit, sweet bread spice and vanilla notes come out. Palate is creamy on entry, with a light, to moderate strength, but blanketing carbonation to break it up before an off dry, but still sort of creamy, but oddly crisp and fairly clean finish. They really worked some magic here, somehow having a beer huge in flavor, complexity, body and alcohol content while having a finish as clean and smooth as most stouts half this strength. Still it has a lingering, pleasant sweetness with a little coffee and nuttiness that lasts a good, long time, it just isnít overbearingly roasty, or sweet, or bitter, just delicious, leaving me wanting more. It is definitely on the sweet side, but it carries it well, offering an awesome balance in most categories, despite being a 12% Imperial Stout. Fantastic, one of my new favorite beers.
mnmike (606) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle that I won on a contest here. Very good stout with the heightened amount of bitterness that other imperial stouts let get overwhelmed with malt. Coffee and dark chocolate on the finish.
jhp40219 (145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black like used motor oil with a small dark chocolate head. Not much lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits. Taste is huge and complex! Pretty much everything just mentioned in the aroma but intensified. Alcohol warmth is huge and pronounced but not overwhelming. Amazing long finish of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Thick, chewy texture. Very lively carbonation. Overall certainly deserving of the 100% rating! Simply amazing!
pinkie (114) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as night with the viscosity of motor oil. Mocha colored head of thick foam that dwindles to a small island of bubbles and a thin film. Laces like a champ. Nose is chocolate, roasted coffee, dark roasted malts and a touch of cherry. A little alcohol on the nose but it is 12% after all. Malt goes doughy and deep as it warms and there is bread in this. Taste is huge alright. Greets you with espresso and plenty of roasted coffee flavors, then smooth doughy malt mid palate with some faint floral from the hops, unsweetened cocoa and the dark fruit, then a hint of the molasses aspect of the malt and a grainy feeling on the tongue. It finishes dry and toasted with the chocolate coming in again only sweet this time and with a delectable oily hop bitter. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with good carbonation. Some alcohol on the palate. Itís the coffee that makes this one stand out and itís done to perfection. This is truly an impeccable stout.
devman171 (163) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage poured into a teku glass, pours awesome black, aroma is chocolate,coffee, sweet alcohol, taste is the same with great creamy mouthfeel, simply awesome, need a BA version!
Jjg226 (17) - Staten Island, New York, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 Pours black as ink with a rich mocha head. Gobs of coffee aroma. Thick rich mouthfeel. Flavor matches nose, lots of dark roast coffee. Possibly the most perfect coffee stout out there. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boro Are Staying Up Party at The Penguin, 16/04/13- my ceremonial 6K. 750ml bottle from Ales Unlimited, San Francisco- brought home before BrewDog started selling it. Vinyl black with a fat tan swell of foam speckling the tulip. Aroma of Sugar Puffs, fudge, carob, red apple and Black Russian. Puts me in mind of Struise. Mellow cool heat dripping with weak black coffee, burnt toast scrapings and Sugar Puff. Some black olive and well singed pistachio in the mix. Sugary, pleasant, not especially stout-like. Got a bit bored and started making Bombay Sapphire and Lucozade cocktails. But finished my pint no problems. UP THE BORO.
prawlie (858) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Abbottís Cellar in San Francisco. Black with a fair head. Gorgeous sweet chocolate aroma. Light roast, bitter-sweet. Really smooth sipper.
jbruner (1114) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to trade with phatdog1. Pours an opaque black brown with bubbly brown head that dissipates to leave light lacing. Aroma of heavy roasted malt and coffee, hints of chocolate, toffee and booze. Taste is coffee, quickly followed by nice sweet and dark chocolate. A thick mouth and a nice burn on the way down. Damn good, Iíll need to get some more.