kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured into a NB tulip glass a dark brown color with a slight tan head. Roasty, chocolate, and slight molasses with some smokiness. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The taste is pretty interesting, starts off with a slight sweetness followed by a roasty chocoloate flavor with leather and a bitterness that isn’t that great at the end. Both the taste and the aroma has an odd flavor and taste that throws me off and I’m not sure if I like it or not.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle at a tasting.
Appearance : Black with a small head.
Aroma : Cacao, light vegetal notes. Roasted malt. Light peppers.
Taste : Roasted malt with some hops. Light cacao on the finish.
Overall : Vegetal notes are quite weird. The rest has nothing really outstanding to offer. Very avereage beer. Maybe our bottle was off.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very deep brown, topped with a medium sized mocha head. Aroma of roasted chocolate, cocoa, and ash. Charcoal hits the palate first, and is soon joined by dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Bitterness fades, and dark chocolate hangs out for a long finish. Decent, but a little too ashy for me.
robinvboyer (2875) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black, large mocha head.
Aroma is odd..... Bitter cocoa, burnt malt, a weird sweet/sour leathery malts. Some sweet berries come through also. The flavor is more of the odd sweetness, almost lactic, and it mingles with an intense burnt malt and burnt espresso. The finish is cut and dry bitter.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is quite odd with hints of burnt rubber, salty chocolate, baby cereal and stale coffee. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bitter chocolate, green cabbage and coffee bean. Bitter earthy finish. Tastes OK but the funky smell permeates the experience.
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Barcade. Dark pour with a lasting brown head. Aroma of cocoa and dark sweet malts. Flavor is of toffee, roasted , and chocolate malts. Run of the mill Imperial stout.
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque, dark brown color with a small light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla beans, roasted malts, and some caramel. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, tobacco, and light alcohol in the finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Smokey malt tones, chocolate malt body. Malty and overpowering. Vanilla and light roast y malt tones, brittle with and earth y hoppiness and a dry roasted malt body. Good.
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a dark black body with a beautiful firm one inch brown head that slowly faded to a thin covering. Lots of heavy lacing. The nose is super rich and decadent, full of roast and chocolate with that slight ’house character’ yeastiness that I get from many Allagash beers. Dark roast coffee, minimal to no alcohol, dark fruits, I could just smell this one and be happy. The flavor is a touch overly roasty and burnt for my tastes, but it’s still a pretty fine beer. The cocoa notes meld well with the slight sweetness and coffee flavors. A nice hop accent keeps the sweetness in check. Well restrained alcohol for being such a huge beer. Very smooth and soft on the tongue. A little too highly carbonated for me, it tends to froth up a bit, but a sufficient resting period with a few swirls help alleviate that. This was quite a delicious Imperial Stout, another winner from Allagash.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line :
Vegetal notes (from the cocoa?) mar this Imperial Stout’s roasted malts and marzipan allusions, as fruity edges are met by an overtly phenolic finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A generous head of foam decorates the darkness.
-The roasted malt bitterness and cocoa are not gelling, imho.
-The perceived iodine-like phenols might be from peated smoke... I hope so, anyway.
-The soft carbonation makes its flaws more apparent