tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is extremely intense. Massive flavor. Like a straight shot of espresso but without the all of the coffee negatives. This is perfectly balanced from front to back, start to finish. there is no way you could improve this beer. just the right amount of hops matched to the sweetness. steers away from the dark fruits and stays in the coffee dark chocolate realm.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, thick tan head on it. Aroma is intense and boozy, with lots and lots of fresh coffee. This is loaded with espresso and smooth chocolate, a little acid and char. Thick body on it. Finishes very hot and boozy. This is tasty and I love the coffee flavor, but it’s excessively hot for my taste.
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at brouwers back in black. jet black with dense creamy burnt tan head and tons of stringy lace. insanely rich and roasty dry coffee grounds nose, smells so much like coffee that it seems like coffee isnt even made yet, just freshly ground. creamy huge thick body, a little sticky. roast, coffee, ash, char, and plenty of acidity and oil on the mid palate. its still way hot, but somehow integrated. long rich roasty finish.
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark coffee, tons of sweet dark malt, lots of coffee, really big sweet coffee nose as well as earthy hop bitterness and some booze on the nose. Nice aroma. Black pour, beige foamy ring, foamy islands on side of glass. Big coffee flavors, espresso, dark fruity undertones, dark sweet chocolate, more coffee, almost coffee liquery. Hot alcohol notes, lingering coffee and roasted malts. Big strong beer, wow.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2011 Draught. Boulder Strong Fest 2010. Black with orange tan head. Aroma is straight huge coffee...boom! and dark, dark bitter chocolates, a touch of vanilla and a touch of some dark ripe fruits like plum. Fuller body, but not as much as I’d expected but smooth, real smooth. Big coffee flavor covers booze nicely and some dark berry and plum still despite the coffee, although much less. Licorice I get from Meph is very hidden. Dry as hell.... I need water. Sticky, sticky! Awesome!
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ontap@DLD. Deep black pour with a tan head. Aroma is intense-coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit. Taste is Coffee x 2, roasted malt, a little vanilla, alcohol. High alcohol but nicely balanced with the other flavors. Creamy, tasty, glad it was available.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(my 100th Imperial Stout rate) Tap at The Publican. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Pours a slick black with a creamy frothy tan head. Super roasty, tons of straight-up cold-press coffee! Tastes like Starbucks, ha, really it does, a bit too much booze in the aftertaste though. Body is slick creamy and fluffy.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at the Tax Your Liver event @ Papago. Dark leather bordering onyx pour with a creamy latte head that finishes with a spot or two and a whispy swirl. This beer is as close to a shot of espresso I’ve ever had. Rich roasted coffee bean, vanilla, and a touch of honey. The aroma made my eyes roll back in my head and the flavor made me drool on the table (already had a few by then). Nice velvety mouthfeel. AMAZING!
monkeychugg55 (830) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ DLD. This comes off as a woodier version as well as a coffee intense stout. Very delicious, much like the original.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at Tax Your Liver With(out) Adam Avery at Papago Brewing. (Adam was sick and couldn’t make it but we still drank his beer)
Pours a black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, huge espresso and burnt coffee grounds, roast, barley. Flavor is espresso, booze, roast. Very fresh coffee indeed, good stuff.