skoll (402) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates.aroma smoke, cocoa,soy, coffee,dried dark fruit.flavor of burnt sugars,espresso,bitter cocoa,and soy.full bodied,slick mouth feel,low carbonation.long bitter finish. I have i just purchased at 9 abs and 90 ibuís but a different label.
DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 2010 bottle. Says 90 IBUs and has a different label.
Poured in a smallish Eku tulip glass.
Pours a ruby black with large brown head and lace.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and burnt marshmallows, with a touch of powdered sugar, dark chocolate and light oxidation.
Med carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, cooking chocolate, light espresso, minerals and smoke. Overall big, tasty, dark, rich, but a bit musty. Has held up nicely with age though it was probably better with less than a year of age. Iíll slide the scale up a bit based on this assumption and that it has held up relatively well with age.
demmbonz (409) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz to snifter. Dark pour with a darker brown head. Roasted malt flavor. Sweet and bitter.
RamyG4 (295) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from icehawk. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, a little peat, and some fruitiness. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter. Finish is roasted with a little alcohol. Decent imperial stout.
bwa5879 (443) - Portage, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black/brown used motor oil pour with eighth inch of cocoa head. Very strong malty scent, cereal malts, dark fruits, raisins, dates, charred oak and bourbon, carbon/licorice too. Low carbonation, oily mouthfeel, ashly finish. Taste follows the nose with less prevalent malt, dark fruits and bourbon, very smokey and peaty, charred oak too. Light mouthfeel is unique as well as the lack of big maltiness. Lacks some complexity but this is a scotch lovers stout for sure.
ansermadide (1407) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is solid and black, with absolutely no light traveling through its body. Itís topped by a dense, bright, almost orange-tinted light/medium-brown head. The aroma is chocolaty, so velvety and smooth that it seems like there may be some oats hiding in the grain bill somewhere. You can tell that serious roasted characteristics has something to do with this beer, even though only a trace of almost indistinguishable, almost spicy intensity exists in the nose.
In the mouth, not much chocolate remains, but fresh coffee ground-like roasted flavors certainly do. Itís super soft, like a sheet of fuzzy silk gently dragging across your top lip. Light (but definite) alcohol and hop bitterness controls the beerís character, with roasted malt and hop bitterness teaming up to spice things up even more in the finish. As it warms, more chocolate and a little Play-Doh really come forward and the bitterness isnít as harsh. Think about it... if you put some coffee grounds in a ball of Play-Doh, then tried to eat it, which would overpower which? A mouthful of Play-Doh, in its heavy, almost sour fullness is likely more dominating than a little fresh coffee grounds. At least in my book.
devman171 (500) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage, pours dark with low carb, aroma is roast, taste is very smooth and bitter roast, nice one
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with a dark head. Big molasses and chocolate aromas. Dark sugar and heavy malt. Boozy.
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2011. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, light char, light smoke, toast, licorice, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, light smoke, molasses, toast, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, toast, char, light smoke, raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt flavors with a light amount of fruitiness; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial stout. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
tom10101 (1797) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12 oz). 2010 vintage. Thanks David! Black with a small beige head and little lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, black currants, vanilla, liquorice and light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet with black currants, roasted malt, vanilla, liquorice and light coffee. Light bitterness. Medium body. Oily mouthfeel. Acidic presence. Alcohol well hidden. The black currants presence is quite interesting although the balance isnít perfect. Not easily drinkable. A fun beer, but not one that I would buy on a regular basis.