superspak (1928) - 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 (1844) - 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.
Chuckaduck (581) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 4/6/13. Pours dark brown-black with a thin, oily brown head. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, booze, grapes. Taste is dry, fruit, booze, wood earth, nutty, chalky; with a long bitter chocolate finish. Incredibly dry throughout; very little sweetness. That being said, itís still very well-balanced. Little lacing. Relatively low carbonation. Smooth, slick mouth feel. Overall, well crafted; one to be respected. I would have liked more maltiness.
brystmar (984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
2010. Silky black body, creamy tan head and lace. Good retention. Burnt malts and smoke in the aroma. Bright yeast feels out of place, almost like a farmhouse stout.
Smoked wood, charcoal, singed grains, very dark. Needs more malt sweetness to balance, and I still don't like the yeast strain. Meh.
NikkTwist (1254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Khyber. Silky opaque pour with some lingering tan foam that left lots of runny lace. Dark roasted coffee. Brown leather. Molasses. Raisins. Full body but not so much creamy as "fuzzy."
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours midnight black, nice lacing. chocolate chip cookies and pie crust. hint of coffee bean. Tastes maltier than the ABV suggests. Very roasty, boozy which covers up any goodness in the cocolate. lactose and blackberries.
jahshuwuh (260) - USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, small mocha head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, malt, booze, grape. A roasted chocolate, with a charred hop taste, cigarette ash, tame bitter. Fairly thick mouthfeel, lacking a little in the sweet but decent overall.
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kambei70 (413) - - MAR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle into a tulip glass. The aroma of chocolate and cherry immediately hit me upon pouring. In the glass the smell was more dark fruits with toasted malt with a hint of licorice. Color is black with a big foamy, khaki head upon pouring that settles it into a creamy head before it dissipates. Malt and dark fruits are present in the taste but its the hops flavor coming through in the end that is more pronounced. It presents with a mild bitterness that, when coupled with the slight astringent taste of the alcohol, comes off a little unpleasant and lingering to me. I didn't get the coffee taste that others have mentioned but did detect a bit of umami. Medium with a dry finish.
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jeremyh70 (500) - Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black into a snifter with a film of head and a ring around glass that lingers and gives good lacing. Aroma of sweet dark fruit and molasses with some chocolate and hint of licorice. Taste is sweet at first with the molasses and dark chocolate flavors, then the hint of licorice appears briefly followed by espresso and slightly charred malt and roasty bitterness that lingers but is soft and not astringent. Medium/full mouthfeel that is almost creamy with a soft carbonation and a bitter finish that builds but isn't harsh. Very nice imperial stout that hides its ABV well and gives you great flavors that meld well together and never overwhelm.
rumproasts (1845) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. black and thick with small head. slightly fruity with raisin. also coffee dryness. nice big stout.