drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a bit warm with a small, soon to fade, tan head and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is a bit mild, roasty, toasty, malt, hint of molasses and dates. Flavors very close to supreme, but a tad sweet for me. Really good balance, if it werenít for the slightly oversweet. Tang does help to make up for the sweet, but the sweet clashes slightly with the bitter giving odd sharpness in the mouth. Body/carbonation is good but for that odd bitter/sweet thing. Finish is like flavor and the odd bitter/sweet thing ends up dominant. I would have another tho at the end the alcohol does rattle my noggin.
vikage (118) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet chocolatey aroma with some vanilla notes.
Pours pretty dark, although it could have been darker. Nice brown head.
Pretty sweet, with some chocolate and very subtle hints of coffe. Not as roasted as one would expect from an Imperial stout.
Pretty light bosy which is completely off for an imperial stout, the carbonation as well is to much for the style.
It is an okey beer but it doesnít really live up to what one should expect from an imperial stout.
AndyW68 (713) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is light sweet followed with bitter with no real purpose. Ballast Point has done better.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Black menacing pour with a beige head. LIght oat and malt aroma. Flavour is very large. Malty but not sweet malt. A tinge of hop in the finish. Does not taste as strong at is is.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo Tempe. . Pours black with a thin khaki head. Slight roasted malt in the nose. A little bit of roast on the tongue. Hides the alcohol well. Eh!
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Blue Max, nice black coffee pour with a great tan head. Aroma is some boozy malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is very light coffee, lots of malt and almost overwhelming bitter, decent body, it's ok.
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jmagnus87 (2050) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Oasis. From notes. Pours thick and black like used oil. Coco with roasty burnt malt, dark fermented fruits and a little vanilla. Boozy. Pretty good.
kindacold (197) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from tap an almost black red with a wonderful thick tan head.
Lowest point of this beer is the aroma. Itís not bad, but itís lacking in punch. I get a bit of coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste is outstanding. First taste is espresso and dark chocolate, with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Caramel and charcoal next, with a nice sweet/bitter combination. Get more carbon on finish, with a nice alcohol bite.
Feels heavy, somewhat sticky, and a bit thick.
EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ooh, serendipity, I get the 500th rating for this one. Bomber, enjoy by 02/08/14. Open the cap and the room is filled with inky dark chocolate, smells sultry and rich. Roast and some hoppy brightness slinking along the bottom. Pours deep brown and settles closer to pitch in the glass, creamy dense brown head. Very sweet body with what comes out to be low-medium bittterness, some yeast muck but thatís under the roast and huuuge chocolate, still inky and sultry. Raisin/plum character develops toward the end, some mild brown sugar and burned character. Only about medium-fullish but slick and a little oily (that is to say, oaty), alcohol well controlled but not tamed. Hops are actually more hidden. On the whole, some high-level craftsmanship is on display here, a fantastic dessert beer or one for the end of the evening.
mezr (47) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Inky black with a moderate brown head that dissipated over the next two minutes. Nice lacing on the glass as I drink this. Aroma is first chocolate, then a mellow roasted coffee takes over. Hint of caramel. Lightly bitter, full body and thick on the palate. A little sticky. Very nice, but just short of great. If only a couple of itís traits would have been more aggressive, especially in the aroma, this would have easily been a 4+ for sure. That said, itís very enjoyable and I think would be easy to drink for someone who is not accustomed to imperial stouts. 10% ABV, but no hint of alcohol at all. Iíve read other reviews that said this was rather boozy. But those were likely other versions of this beer that are brewed in whiskey and rum barrels as special editions. Trust me ... the alcohol is completely hidden, which to me, in a beer, is a good thing.