argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some cinnamon, light vanilla, fig, grapefruit/earthy, booze. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some vinous, cinnamon, earthy/grapefruit. Medium-full body, fairly sticky.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an ultra dark ruby color, to the point where itís *almost* pitch black. Thereís about three fingers of a tan-colored head, with superb retention. Itís actually frustrating, because I want to pour the rest of the bottle into the glass, and I canít. Because the head is so thick and clingy, it leaves tons of lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is heavy in both licorice and roasted malts, but thereís a nice cinnamon note, as well. I also pick up some chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and mild chili pepper as well. Maybe thereís even a hint of umami. Itís a fairly complex, enjoyable aroma, even if all the notes arenít to my liking (read: licorice).
T/M: This is a little spicier than the aroma suggested. Itís also drier and cleaner than I anticipated on the finish, also. Lots of cinnamon spice open this up well, before developing tones of dry chocolate, roast, and mint near the finish. Thereís a sweet, wet-feeling lump in the middle of the palate that slightly harms both the feel and the flavor (itís a bit too caramel-and-licorice forward), but otherwise, itís decently dry on the sides and front of the tongue, exactly what I want out of my imperial stouts. Carbonation is low, but thatís because I let it sit a while. Thereís enough complexity to keep it interesting, and enough concealed alcohol to give it decent drinkability.
O: When I saw this at my Neighborhood Liquor Storeô, I kind of wondered if it was some half-ass contract brewed beer, since itís never good when a brand new California brewery shows up all the way in Maryland. But then I thought íitís hard to screw up an imperial stoutí. Thankfully, this isnít anything Iíd call íscrewed upí - and the unique spicy touch gives it a pleasant touch without wrecking the balance. This is exactly what Iíd imagine a poor manís Hunahpuís to taste like, and thatís a compliment. Good work Aztec, keep it up.
kramer (4688) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a flat black body under a large frothy light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is quite interesting, rich dark roast with just a little cinnamon and dark chocolate. The flavor is really heavy on the cinnamon though, and I find it quite overpowering and itís very distracting. The roast is decent, and thereís some dark bitter chocolate in the background, but itís all second fiddle to the cinnamon. Medium bodied and a touch clingy with a little too much fizzy carbonation. This would be pretty decent were the spice a little more toned down, more is not always better, especially when spicing is concerned.
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Aztec. Black body with tan head. Big chocolate fudge, cin, deep roast aromas. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Chocolate fudge, cinnamon spice, dark roast malt flavors__Mexican chocolate---good.
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good strong Russian imperial Stout on tap at the brewery in vista California, lots or chocolate
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours opaque black with a small, creamy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, spicy alcohol, prunes and dates, nutmeg and cinnamon with light earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, light to medium hops and medium bitterness, light spices, and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3049) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by snoworsummer. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is spice, roast, peppers, light chocolate, and faint caramel. Flavor is chocolate, earthy hops, dark fruit.esters, and light spice; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
snoworsummer (1611) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like dull coffee and malt.
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Cheers, Steve! Pours a nice obsidian color with a tan head. Nose is big earthy peppers, some chocolate, earth, cinnamon, and spice. Flavor starts with roast then goes to earthy peppers, slight cinnamon, bakerís chocolate, and some earth. Medium in body and lingering earthy peppers in the finish. A nice imperial stout overall.
dhunter151 (467) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours jet black with a brown head. Strong coffee flavor, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, warming alcohol. I didn't get a whole lot of cinnamon. Good stout.
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