kramer (5104) - 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 (8135) - 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
dmac (4212) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by pineypower on what we can easily say was not one of my better rating days, 28 hours of no sleep and then rating does not bode well. Thanks and sorry again Dean. From whatmy notes tell me I liked this beer. Poured a solid black body with a thick full frothy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cola, vanilla. Full bodied that finished both silky and milky. Flavors of chocolate pudding, tobacco, vanilla, dark roasted malts. Nicely done.
pineypower (2547) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, that I wish I could find another of. Pours black with a nice beige head. Aroma is of heavy chocolate, roast, dark fruits and light alcohol. Taste is very complex, with a thick yet smooth mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate, roast, some earth, light smoke, and some slightly fruity notes show up in there also with only a small hint of the ABV. Thick, warming and rich. Well done.
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010. Pours darkest brown in color with a substantial tan head sitting on top, and good lacing. The aroma is really excellent, rather intense yet balanced, with chocolate, roast, tobacco, sweet toffee, and floral hops. The flavor has sweet toffee as well as chocolate malts, earthiness, roast, coffee, chocolate, a little rubberiness, and more hops than average for the style. Smooth and full-bodied with soft carbonation. Not too syrupy as some imperial stouts can be. A very solid beer overall. Hopefully I’ll get to try this one again.
Drake (8991) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a dark brown medium sized head. Good head retention and lacing. Nutty aroma with caramel, smoke and an herbal finish. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, nutty notes, leafy hops with a lingering bitterness. Medium-full bodied.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black color with a mediumish brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very much of coffee. Quite tasty. I like the flavor of this beer very much. Mmm
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with the table at Hop Leaf Chicago. Dark brown, generous tan head. Sweet aromas of chocolate with hints of spices and vanilla. Hearty palate with dark roast and heaps of sweet chocolate, vanilla creaminess. Sweet and hearty.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Publican. Pours a deep black with brown at the edges. Tan head. Nose is roasty and chocolate, but also some strange phenol notes. I do not care for the yeast they used in this. Lots of tar and a bit muddy. Some chocolate comes through, but this was very overwhelming and boozy in a bad way.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Toasted sweet malty flavor with a lingering finish.