Cletus (6182) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Given the commercial description of this one, I was expecting another over coffeed overhyped Imperial Stout devoid of character. What I got instead was a very well balanced Imperial that showed a surprising level of complexity not found in many others of this style. Pours almost black with a brown head. Initially, strong scents of coffee overwhelm the entire room, but after the beer has settled some, nice chocolate and cookie dough notes begin to shine through. Tastes of roasted malt, raisins, dark chocolate and peppers (kind of like a mole sauce). Finishes a little on the alcoholey side, but otherwise very rich on the palate.
knickskicks (497) - - MAY 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good god. How the hell is this a shelf beer? Viscous black pour, beige head that fades away. Nose is rich coffee, dark chocolate, sweet malts. Taste is huge dark chocolate, espresso, rich malts. Initially sweet finish with rich dark chocolate covered fruits followed by a rich black coffee bitterness. Sticky, nearly full mouthfeel. Enjoyed this much more than the BA version.
Gramoit (252) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So very very excited for this beer! Pour: Jet black, Big creamy tanned head. Lots of coffee on the nose, with some vanilla. The more I drink this beer the better it gets, at first mostly coffee was tasted but vanilla starts coming in more and more with some dark chocolate. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Top class stout and must let this beer warm up before you drink.
StoutDr (3) - Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is by far one of my favorites. I wish I could get AleSmith in Virginia! very smooth but large mouthful. Bold flavor with no bitterness.
dctriman (37) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great beer. Amazing you can find it pretty much year round in Arizona. About perfect levels of carbination and viscosity. Love the barrel aged and Kopi Luwak versions too.
Ataraxia (160) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black, frothy tan head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and hints of dark fruits. Smooth, moderately boozy, full-bodied, and much more bitter in taste. A little too much carbonation. Finish is long and bitter.
Superman75 (9) - - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Underbar stout med smak av kaffe o choklad.....12 procent men man känner inte av det, perfekt........
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
napdynmite (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My hopes were probably unrealistic after finally finding this top rated brew. I did enjoy it quite a bit but it wasnít quite the transcendent experience Iíd expected. There were some metallic elements I didnít like and the mouth feel was a little weaker than I expected. That being said, it is a very good beer.
kbudd19 (97) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Huge thick black pour with plenty of thick tanned head. The smell is exactly what you would expect, thick black coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and so on, for sure smells BIG!. Up front there is big hit of roasted malts, aftertaste is coffee and black licorce, one mean stout...AWESOME
Fukito (682) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque pitch black with a espresso like small head. Nice chocolate, liquorice, mocha aroma. Flavor is strong chocolate, port, some woodyness and slight smoke. Full palate, warming and flavorful.
RexTalionis (1430) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours black in color with a thick and creamy beige head, which looks great and stays on as a cap for the whole time. Cacao powder, roasted notes, coffee liqour leading to a bit of vinous notes and even a bit of some marzipan sweetness in aroma. Dark and powerful. Later on there appears some notes of salty licorice as well. Oily texture and leaving a nice layer of it on the glass. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Bitter cacao with notes of cherryliqour in taste. Has a gentle warming effect. A bit of coffee beans too with light notes of salty licorice in flavor. Rich and strong. Feels quite sweet at first, but turns into combination of bitter and dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee beans in finish. This is still one of my favorite imperial stouts, as it seems to be very well balanced and great tasting from time to time with those roasted notes, bitter chocolate, slightly sweet and slightly vinous
notes working well together.