tgncc (3013) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is big time coffee, but not a roasted, bitter Starbucks coffee, but very smooth, plasant coffee. The appearance is the same dark brown/black as any stout, thin tan head. The flavor is heavy on smooth, rich coffee, with some chocolate mixed in. The finish is again coffee, with some pine needles, and finally a booze warming (this is the only place where the booze shows.) Very good.
hivemind (766) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ RnH w James and Streets. Drank once almost a year ago @ Pony - loved. This time: black pour with solid, medium-sized cocoa brown head (no bubbles). Red hue. Aroma is roasted malts, roasted pine needles, maple and alcohol. Some coffee. Tastes like a chocolate milkshake upfront and gives way to flavors of coffee, molasses and booze. Sticky and syrupy with some hops hiding there somewhere. Great beer, hides alcohol well.
jredmond (6284) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2011 Draft at rattle with streets. Pours deep black brown body with thin placing. Aroma is coffee. Mouthfeel is coffee with notes of coffee. Coffee is coffee is coffee is coffee. Brrrr
onceblind (5413) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this at Euclid Hall’s Midnight Breakfast, GABF 2011 Thursday. Pitch black with a small chocolate milk colored head, lots of lace that reminded me of espresso lace. Intense boozy aroma of pure espresso, light chocolate, and a boozy yeasty funk. Flavor is huge and intense. Like espresso spiked with high alcohol chocolate beer. Heavily roasted dark black malts, roasted chocolate malts, and an overwhelming tone of espresso. Intense boozy note on the finish. Hard to drink.
Sledutah (6035) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Falling Rock, GABF weekend
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, roasted coffee and dark malts
Taste: Roasted malts, coffee and milk chocolate
A great Imperial Stout, smooth and enjoyable. Glad I was able to get this one.
arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Midnight Breakfast, poured black as night with thick creamy dark tan head, laced well and stuck around well as well. Aroma came out without putting the nose up to the glass, big rushes of espresso, coffee grounds, balanced nicely by dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt. Taste was smooth and somehow balanced at 15%, nice creamy mouthfeel with ample carb to push it through the palate lended tastes of big espresso bean and coffee, some dark cocoa, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, big molasses and roasted malt finishing with a hint of heat but not in a bad way. Lived up to the hype for me, fantastic big brew.
douglas88 (7244) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 On tap at falling rock. Pours a pure black hue with a medium brown head. A sweet vanilla and coffee nose, rich chocolate. Very rich chocolates, coffee, milk, roast, smooth as hell. Awesome. This is one case where the coffee works, and in a big way. This beer is very smooth and drinkable. 15.5% can be drinkable certainly. Damn good.
wchesser (1467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is coffee and some chocolate and wood. Very dark, but some light gets through the edges. Creamy head. Big coffee and a bit of dark chocolate on a long finish. Body was a bit thinner than I expected. Alcohol definitely shows through a bit on the nose as it warms and in the back of the throat. Little out of balance in that regard, but terrific beer.
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Avery Anniversary Party 8/7/11. Color is a deep solid black with a thick tight brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. It has a full body that gives a rich sweet mouth feel that goes down with crisp. Flavor jumps out with deep roasted coffee, big chocolate and a hint of oak. After taste has a nice bitter bite and a touch of Alcohol. Overall this is just an amazing brew, I wish they would bottle it.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Varga Bar.
Pours pitch black and complete opaque with faint mahogany edges and a one finger frothy mocha head. Good retention slowly fading into to lasting ring. Spotty chocolate colored lacing left behind.
Roasted coffee and dark malt aroma with lots of roasty espresso and toast but not burnt smelling. Hints of sweet chocolate, nut, oatmeal and subtle booze. Smells like really roasted chocolate coffee.
Chewy viscous body with a blast of smooth roasted coffee up front that lingers over the roasted malt notes into a lingering dry finish. Smooth coffee flavor that is roasted wihout being acrid or burnt. Countered by hints of toast, dark choc, oatmeal and nuttiness. Subtle lactic creaminess with faint sweet booziness in the finish. Abv very well masked with little heat in the back end and faint warmth in the finish.