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 (3490) - 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 (3014) - 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 (2736) - 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 Capone’s. 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.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Daknole for the surprise. 22 oz. bottle from Dakine. Nice black body with a rich chocolate head. Head fades away rather quickly. Soy and chocolate aroma. Not really anything sticking out and blasting my nostrils with any type of goodness. Some roast is coming through as well. Too plain for a highly rated imperial stout. Fairly nice sweet chocolate flavor with that soy cutting through. Subtle roast complimenting the whole thing. Nothing spectacular in terms of palate. Nice chocolate goodness coming through. One the goodness spectrum this would be mid to high goodness. A fairly steady imperial stout, but nothing exceptional.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep almost black with amber notes and a medium creamy bubbly lighter tan head. Aroma of vanilla, sweet grainy malt, roasted malt and a touch of coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, smoke, caramel along with lots of roasted malt and hop bitterness.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with an off white head. Malty chocolate sweetness, some light molasses, bitter roasted malt, and some dark fruit tones. Coco and some light pine with a bitter dry warming finish. Nice.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy dense tan head.
Aroma: Roasty cereal like malts and a touch of vanilla.
Taste: Burnt and roasted malt, real vanilla. Finishes with a nice hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Thick and silky.
Overall: Pretty awesome, very balanced, and very flavorful.