BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Vista location. Pours with a tan head that stays over a black body. Aroma of coffee, creamer, chocolate and booze. Flavors of dark (bitter) chocolate, ash and cocoa powder. Creamy bubbles with a mouthcoating body. Very well done.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color/ fleeting head. Dry wood, dry black malt aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Coffee, dark chocolate, refined sugar, dark roast malt flavors. Finishes sweet ní boozy.
brokensail (9202) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour is a dark brown, almost black, color with a tan head.
S: Fairly typical imperial stout aromas to this one. Roasted malt, coffee, and thatís about it other than a definite acidic note. Not really complex or good.
T: Oh boy, why is there this much (detectable) butter flavor in an imperial stout? Not off to a good start. Mildly sweet at points with a really intense roasted, bitter finish. Sort of almost a cigarette/ash tray thing going on.
M: The body is pretty light and watery with a medium carbonation.
D: Another miss for Back Street. This one just didnít really do much, if anything, for me. Pass on this one.
JohnnyJ (3904) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at SD Strong Ale Fest 10. This was aged with French oak stave, not sure if itís a special version. Black pour, thin tan head. Sweet chocolate, lightly roasty, some sweetness somewhat like vanilla, caramel, creaminess, and oak. Nice beer.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2010.The appearance is coffee brown. The aromas are a bit smoky and coco powder. The flavors are also slightly smoky malts, smoked meat, chocolate, and a touch of caramel. The mouth is creamy and a touch warm.