onceblind (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Black with a thin creamy/foamy light tan head. Nice dark chocolaty aroma with a touch of coffee, with some roasty dark caramel and a touch of molasses. Taste is very roasty and very dark, with sweet notes of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and lots of roasted black malts. Not complex but pretty good.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Deep brown appearance with a brown head. Sweet, black licorice, cocoa nib, oaty, organic aroma. Somewhat roasty, dark chocolate, anise, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Ok
Anova167 (304) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tannish head. Scent is dark chocolate and coffee and a little booze. Flavor is coffee and bitter chocolate with a touch of citrus from the hops. Less roasty then the aroma indicates. Really smooth.
dmac (4546) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft via sixtel on tap at home. Poured a good looking pitch black body under an average sized deep beige head that is creamy but with a few lasting large soap style bubbles. The aroma is dark chocolate and vanilla extract, burnt espresso and burnt toast Plus a little bit of dark fruit adding a touch of sweetness. The body completely hides the 10% except for maybe a slight touch of heat on the very end of the swallow. The body is fuller and silky smooth with light carbonation. Flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of vanilla extract and dark chocolate, burnt dark toast, slight charcoal and some old old old black coffee with cream. Good stuff and I’m surprised it’s not more roasty and alcohol laden for the big ABV.
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, cresting tan foam subsiding to edges of glass. Nice chocolate/coffee aromas turning toastier mid-palate yet not entirely in pace with colors suggestiveness. Still retains interest, sweetness and heat kept at bay despite %, making it a decent nod.
reggiedunlop (3409) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy medium mocha head...good lacing and retention. Aroma has dark fruit and some subtle cocoa. Flavor follows suit...heavy on the dark fruit with some cocoa, roastiness, and ash coming late. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and the finish is very roasty and a bit dry...slightly boozy.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of cocoa, iron, and malt. Pours black but not thick with a light tan foamy head. Tastes of roast malt, anis and mocha. Thin mouthfeel that reveals the alcohol. Not what I hoped but good.
JK (4861) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Skyview Tasting, Nov. 11, 2011, shared by Guerde. A middling quality of imperial stouts. Black of course. Thin palate, and lots of roasted malt, with little else there. Charred finish. I have to think there are better batches than this one.
grimreaperguru (245) - santee, California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black color with virtually no head.The aroma was of coffee and hints of chocolate.The flavor was of creamy chocolate and roasted coffee.The body was full with a creamy mouth feel and a bitter aftertaste.Overall a good beer from Ballast point.
robL (22) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, heavy, boozey, and intense!
The aromas of coffee, bourbon, and chocolate hit you upfront. But there is little sweetness to the initial taste. Malts and hops come forward as it warms, as does the alcohol.
Very drinkable for an imperial stout. A great slow-sipping warmer.