Sammy (8833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bitter yet balanced. A bitterness based on coffee and hops. Black with red highlights, and lace sheets. Great roast, coffee aromas. A sipper. Another great creation from this brewery.
Aged a year
Honestbrewer2 (16) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black and almost tar-like in appearance. The tan head doesn’t last, which is to be expected with such a strong beer. The aroma has chocolate overtone. A nice dark roast coffee comes through in the taste. Very smooth and great balance for such a big beer. Definitely getting some caramel and alcohol coming through in the aftertaste, but very smooth finish. A very good beer.
joeneugs (3406) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Tap 25 in Livermore. It pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma has lots of dark fruits, licorice and a little roasted malt. The flavor is pretty much the same with a subdued roasted malt quality compared to other imperial stouts and more fruits and licorice. Nice roasty finish though. Nice balanced impy stout!
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate. Great chocolate and coffee flavor that is balanced with just a touch of hops. Great flavor, well balanced beer. Tasty.
badgerben (4490) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Courtesy of Guerde. Black color with a small head. Chocolatey aroma. Solid malt and caramel flavor. Light coffee. A bit of dank and pine hop flavor.
bluejacket74 (1359) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan frothy head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some dark fruit. Even though there is some sweetness noticeable, it’s mostly roasty and bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, I’d try this again in the future.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich black pour with a thin but dense looking tan head, slowly fading into a single ring around the glass. Big roasty aroma. Tons of chocolate, coffee, toast, and licorice notes. Also a bit of burnt sugar, and a vague suggestion of leather. Flavor is very dry and roasty. Slightly burnt toast fades into a stronger touch of coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Semi-sweet, but well balanced by the bitterness of the roast, unlike a lot of stouts that overwhelm you with charred malts that taste like they were roasted on the devil’s ass. Slowly fading whisper of alcohol that warms as it warms. Somewhat dry finish, with a mild lasting bitterness. Silky smooth on the palate. Great stuff. Seems more roasty from the bottle than it was on draft.
ryanfolty (1883) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V
Dark brown pour with some head, chocolate with some spicy hops.
BVery (6807) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Darker brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is toffee and cleaner. Medium palate. Taste is chocolate and some lactose.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark body wtih minimal head. Another vinous bourbon aroma with some chocolate. The body was better, with more chocolate character and unoffensive bourbon. A tad chaclky, but not too bad for something that had bourbon involved.