Sdaniel90 (355) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 650ml. Almost opaque black with a slight ruby hue, and a minimal brown head. Deep roasted aroma, with a subtle spiciness. Rich and complex, with a robust dark malt character, a piercing bitter and alcohol finish. Warming, though slightly unbalanced.
Percy0103 (158) - MEXICO - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650ml. A pitch black beer with a small purple hue at the bottom and a small brown head. It has a floral aroma with roasted malt, pine resin and spices. Taste is bitter, but with some sourness at the end. It also has a strong alcoholic and sour finish. A very dense beer, that slightly gets off balance at the end. Not very drinkable and with some carbonation and astringency.
SlovakSniper (3096) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Belle couleur coca avec des rebords pourpres. La mousse foncée déborde. Quelque pointes brunes restent collées sur la paroi de mon verre. Les parfums de cette bière californienne, qui sont bien intéressants, se rattachent à plusieurs choses: malts rôtis, chocolat, cannelle, jalapeno, cèdre, caramel, fumée et autres éléments qui partagent les mêmes molécules. Le goût de cette bière brassée à San Diego calque le nez. Comment ne pas apprécier l’équilibre entre les malts, le chocolat, le caramel et les flaveurs épicées de la cannelle? En bouche, je note un beau corps gras dans lequel évolue des bulles faiblement actives. En arrière-goût, le chocolat fondu est bien vivant et justement touché par une cannelle qui s’applique à stopper la montée des sucres. Beau travail de précision. Une belle suprise pour fêter le début de mes vacances.
Cory (304) - , California, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate with cinnamon, or kinda like cheap Mexican hot chocolate. The spice is mild and we?ll balanced with the rest of the beer. There was some booze that came forward as the beer warmed up. The beer seemed a little young honestly and maybe could use a little bottle conditioning.
argo0 (11443) - 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 it’s *almost* pitch black. There’s about three fingers of a tan-colored head, with superb retention. It’s actually frustrating, because I want to pour the rest of the bottle into the glass, and I can’t. 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 there’s a nice cinnamon note, as well. I also pick up some chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and mild chili pepper as well. Maybe there’s even a hint of umami. It’s a fairly complex, enjoyable aroma, even if all the notes aren’t to my liking (read: licorice).
T/M: This is a little spicier than the aroma suggested. It’s 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. There’s a sweet, wet-feeling lump in the middle of the palate that slightly harms both the feel and the flavor (it’s a bit too caramel-and-licorice forward), but otherwise, it’s decently dry on the sides and front of the tongue, exactly what I want out of my imperial stouts. Carbonation is low, but that’s because I let it sit a while. There’s enough complexity to keep it interesting, and enough concealed alcohol to give it decent drinkability.
O: When I saw this at my Neighborhood Liquor Store™, I kind of wondered if it was some half-ass contract brewed beer, since it’s never good when a brand new California brewery shows up all the way in Maryland. But then I thought ’it’s hard to screw up an imperial stout’. Thankfully, this isn’t anything I’d call ’screwed up’ - and the unique spicy touch gives it a pleasant touch without wrecking the balance. This is exactly what I’d imagine a poor man’s Hunahpu’s to taste like, and that’s a compliment. Good work Aztec, keep it up.
kramer (4896) - 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 it’s very distracting. The roast is decent, and there’s some dark bitter chocolate in the background, but it’s 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 (5794) - 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 (2402) - 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 (9588) - 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.