wheresyourball (414) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours deep black with a small brown head. Nose is chocolate, ash, vanilla. Flavor follows with some ester notes and heavy malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Good.
TheHOFF43 (1611) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Alpine. Pours dark with creamy brown head. Tons of roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. Enjoyable but not great. Taste is heavy roasted malts, bitter chocolate,slight coffee.
mcberko (5218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alpine, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very strong with roasted notes and burnt chocolate. Flavour brings out complex roasted malts, and dry burnt espresso. Delicious stuff - really well-balanced. Awesome impie - just the way I like it.
GT2 (7708) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Alpine. This one is never bottled- tap only. Small pour into tulip- excellent gray rocky foam with good retention and lacing. Nose is heavy sanitizer, detergent. Either sanitizer for the beer lines or for the glassware. Nose opens up slightly after 10-15 minutes to some savory like beef jerky and maybe a flash of vanilla. Really forcing it to get a good aroma. Taste is ashy, bitter, harsher soil. Palate is thin, lemony, light. Not much going on. Would be okay for stout. For Imperial Stout, this is not going to play ball. Sweet grape soda thing going on as it warms. Another product of intense and dedicated Alpine circle jerking.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Toronado: Black, rich, roasty with thick undertones of chocolate. Thick pillow of head. I was too lazy and faded to care to jot any other notes down. Somehow I was able to drink the barrel aged version of this beer months before the original recipe.
BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fierce, hoof driving, teeth baring Imperial Stout that will light up your liver like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Perfectly smooth, dessert-like, and tenaciously complex.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, Pizza Port Carlsbad Jan ’13. Pours is dark brown black, thick, sticky tan head. Aroma of coffee, almond. Flavor starts with mocha, deep coffee, towards finish hops lighten things. Really well rounded.
brokensail (9831) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a finger of khaki head. Nose is heavy on the roasted malt. Some dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and a slight ash and char quality. A bit of dark fruit in the background. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt. A decent coffee note, dark chocolate, and a slight acidity. A fair amount of char, some dark fruit, and a light licorice note.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has a deep dark body that supports a mocha colored tan head of foam. The aroma is big with highly roasted malts, burnt malts, toffee and chocolate brownie, nice! The taste is rich and deep and bold with malt roastiness all over the place from dark roasted malts to burnt malts to chocolate malts and then to a pleasing rich toffee covered chocolate brownie sensation. This is rich yummy goodness.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2012. Black body with tan head. Nice coffee, dark chocolate, dark roast malt aromas. Smooth medium body with soft co2. Milk chocolate, mocha coffee, dark roast malt flavors--good.