bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in as last beer in a flight of 4 from ballast point. Pitch black with a slight ring of bubbles on the rim. Complex malts, coffee and liquorice with hoppy undertones in the aroma promises an amazing taste. Beautifully balanced complex with a full body and lasting finish. WOW
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Lots of roasted malt with some piney hops. Alcohol in the aroma made me think it would be hot, which was not the case. This is a West Coast IS for sure, plenty of hop bitterness. Rich and full bodied. Big roasted malt finish with some drying hops. Long finish. Went down way too easy for a 10% beer!
popery (1217) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown-black opaque liquid with nice mocha head that dissipates. A mix of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt notes with excellent dark fruit chiming in from somewhere. Itís not a chocolate malt bomb or aggressively roasted. This beer attains a balance between the big stout flavors. There is a natural, malty coffee flavor (as opposed to the flavor from added coffee beans, no disrespect to coffee stouts). There are some citric, herbal hops, at least they taste that way over the flavorful dark-roasted malt. Dark stone fruit backs up the malt with flavors of prunes and plums which combine well with the citric hops. Itís a well-crafted flavor. Thereís good complexity to the beer and the alcohol is relatively well-hidden. Slightly viscous. Drinkable. Good aftertaste. Well-balanced.
LilBeerDoctor (3230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, Parmesean cheese, and mild coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, charred malt. This was just a boring beer for me and not very "imperial" in terms of robustness in the palate. Not impressed.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 On draft at Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA): Pours out an opaque black with clear edges, minimal head, lacing formed a "star" shape on the surface. Nose of cocoa nibs, fresh ground coffee beans, toasted barley, tangerine meat, and warm citrus peel. Flavors are similar with added oats and roasted malts. Full-bodied, moderate to fair carbonation. Slight alcohol presence in the finish. Drinkability: Silky, smooth, fairly robust, enjoyable. Pairing: Chocolate mousse cake from the most overrated, expensive restaurant joint in town. Rebuy: Yes. #373 on 02042010, DG.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from the Davis Food Co-Op. Had this several times at RBSG 08, but never rated it. Aroma has leather, tobacco, and coffee hints present. Faint sweetness. Good roastiness. A bit metallic. Lightly transparent dark mahogany body with a smallish light tan head. Scant lacing. Nice, sweet, chewy, chocolatey start. Becomes a bit astringent in the middle--strange. Some tobacco notes are present in the middle with mild roastiness. Finishes a little vinous with some moderately bitter roastiness present. Some sweetness lingers and this does a good job of coating the tongue. Pretty good, with the exception of the astringency hiccup in the middle.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, piney hops, and some burnt malt/grain. Poured dark brown/ruby/mahogany in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, pine, slight chocolate, and bitter coffee. Medium body. Thinish, then dry texture. Slightly soft to average carbonation. Roasted malt, piney hop, and bitter coffee finish is dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
tgncc (2506) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is standard, roasty, chocolate (more roasty than chocolate), nothing inspiring. The appearance is a deep brown/black color, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, molasses, cream, roast, much sweeter thanthe aroma implies. The finish is a mix of sweet cream, followed by a roasty flavor, followed by a resiny bittering. Actually, one of the best qualities of this beer. Medium/thick to thick in body, slick mouthfeel. Very nice beer.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a good black with a thin tan head. The head lasts well, and laces great. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, coffee, and hints of vanilla. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good. Milky and robust. Get chocolate and coffee, very good. Alcohol is hidden well. The texture is thick. Has a good mouthfeel and a full body. A pleasing finish with a nice aftertaste.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Caponeís. Pours out black with a small lacing tan head. Aroma is of roast, strange herbal notes, chocolate and coffee. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a nice citrus hop bitterness stays throughout.