lordeche (478) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a very light colored head for an imperial stout. Tons of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and nutty roasted malts in the aroma. Flavor expounds on these notes, shifting between sweet molasses/dark fruit and bitter burnt malt and roasted coffee qualities. A beautiful nuttiness smooths out each sip. Palate is full with surges of prickly carbonation. Fantastic brew
jtclockwork (6877) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with small tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts and smooth vanilla finish. I agree with dickinsonbeer that there’s some fennel seed taste to it (as random of a spice as that sounds). Good stout, but not all that complex.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour with small brown head. huge aroma of licorice, smoke, meat, mild hops, some heat. taste is similar. very smooth, creamy, and full body. solid stuff, a classic.
patrickfannon (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours a deep, mahogany brown with a thin, sudsy, quickly fading head. Aroma of chocolate, sweet malts, barley, cocoa, pepper, and dry hops. Full bodied with a thick, peppery palate. Smooth, yet slightly warming finish. Great Imperial stout.
jredmond (4846) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with Pat and Tony. Pours a thick black with tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee roast. Mouthfeel has a nice smooth, velvety texture. Notes of roast, sweet chocolate, and earth.
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had with james and pat. Pour is black with medium brown head. Aroma is luhlght cocoa and coffees. The flavor continues this theme
deyholla (5841) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Mikey711. Pours black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of sweet chocolate. Flavor has a strong sweet chocolate flavor with a surprising hop presence. The coffee and roasted malts are definitely much more of an undertone in the flavor.
vtafro (2277) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Roasty coffee aroma with some chocolate malt background. Flavor is mostly chocolate, with some roasted coffee, and light hop background. Smooth textured beer. Warming isn’t significant.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into an absurd massive chalice that wouldn’t have broken if I’d thrown it at a wall. Deep black color with a thin creamy light-brown head. Zesty coffee aroma with touches of red fruits ad dark chocolate. Fudge and coffee flavor, very fresh, not like the cold, burnt coffee notes of some other imperial stouts. Light peppery alcohol influence and a dry, bitter, lasting finish. Mild fruitiness in the background. Fulfilling mouthfeel.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap: at Rattle n Hum - pours black with no head, tart and carbonic acid, dark fruits, roasted malts and brown sugar.