Tripplebrew (767) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque chocolate brown with dark chocolate head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is a mix of almond, dark chocolate and a hint of soy. Flavor is raisin, soy, chocolate. Body is creamy with very active carbonation.
jbruner (1972) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Paul from Brown. Pours a thick black with thin ring of tan head that leaves a light ring of lace. Aroma of soy, chocolate, slight coconut, and booze. Taste follows, lots of booze, good carbonation. Solid after aging, I imagine this was not that good right out of the gate.
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this one on tap over at Pizza Paradiso in DC.
Ap: Pitch black, with about a one inch head. The brew was so dark that I honestly couldn’t even see if there was any carbonation.
Ar: Dates, brown sugar, and molasses were very prominent.
T: Not sweet at all, but not bitter either. This one is definitely not a "coffee" IS. I would describe this one as a fairly smooth chocolate milkshake, as opposed to a bitter, dark chocolate dessert drink. I still a bit surprise by how thin this seems compared to most ISs I’ve tried, and it doesn’t have that dark cinnamon afterburn that I’ve come to expect from the style.
P: Quite a bit of glass lacing, but I never really noticed anything too offensive palate-wise. However, the cigarette "ash" lingering is not pleasant.
O: Fairly smooth, even for the high ABV. I still would not seek this one out. I’ve seen this one in the store, and the price is outrageous relative to the product.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: One hell of a messy black ale. Not fun.
How: Bottle, a few times. Once fresh (pretty bad) and then this rating for a slightly aged bottle (not very good either).
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is a bit chocolaty, moderately roasted, cardboard and with strange notes of coconuts and vegetal matters of some kind. Body is medium and with abundant carbonation. Taste is dirty blackened malts, rather earthy (borderline peaty), cocoa powder, salty soy sauce, peanut butter (!), sensation of chewing on a houseplant, cardboard, other weird stuff. Both fresh and slightly aged it was one hell of a weird beer, I don’t think this beer turned out the way Allagash had planned. My last rating of the night, then more beer, then woke up with a pizza slice in my pants so I figured it was probably best for me to delete all my call history and text messages.
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours deep, dark brown with fizzy tan head. Aroma is sour fruit esters, toffee, earthy and spicy hops, and some chocolate malts. Flavor is roast and chocolate notes, light coffee, some dark fruit esters, and dry woody notes; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast malt, prunes, raisins, light tartness, and peppery alcohol. Flavor is dark malt and chocolate, dark dried fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Dany after TAP-NY. Pours a deep brown to black with a large tanned white to beige head. Big chewy roast on the nose with a little bit of sourness. Tastes of salty old chocolate. Wrong and old. Plums and cocoa, chocolate and long roast. Lingering old cocoa and weird oxidization.
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home from ThoreauLikeGrl, thanks! :) .....It pours black with a small light brown head....The aroma is toasted malt, dark fruits, sweet caramel cocoa and vanilla.....The flavor is toasted malt, cocoa, coffee beans, vanilla, sweet bourbon and dark fruit.......
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep brown, tan head. oxidized malt and sour fruit nose. the flavour is bizzare, dirty yeast, sour fruit, minimal malt. this hasnt aged well at all and doesnt even come close to resempling an imperial stout, dissapointing.
TaktikMTL (5545) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat noir. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié avec une pointe de chocolet et de fruité. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement astringente. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de cacao en arrière goût. (Rating #4331)