ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of alcohol, chocolate, espresso, currants, toffee. Much less burning in the taste, and a much more carmelly-chocolate flavor comes through, hints of roast and licorice. The body is medium, and the finish is slightly slight and warm.
Newest to get on the Imperial Stout train. I thought this would be cheaper since most of their ales on the shelf are at $4 or so, but I got this one before the BevMo staff could tag it, and paid $9 for it. My expectations were not met, since there was an Abyss just down the shelf for $3 more, but a good imperial in any case.
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ibought this bottle thinking it was the ’regular’ Sea Monster Stout. Black with a light brown head. Nice coffee mocha aromas with blackened malts. Rich, frothy mouthfeel. Great flavors of semi sweet chocolate with medium roast coffee. Has a nicely bitter blackened malt, lightly boozy finish
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured an opaque black with a small lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, currants, plum and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, roastiness, currants, plum and hints of licorice and vanilla with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from pp bottle shop. Much more depth and girth than last years version. Very nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and hops. Nice imp stout.
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at City Beer Store. A pretty standard imperial stout overall. Coffee and roasted malts dominate the aroma and the flavor. Not quite as complex as some of the better RISes out there. Alcohol asserts itself. Relatively full and smooth palate.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very tight nose, just some hints of chocolate liqueur and anise. Flavor is malt sweetness and some cocoa balanced out by a pretty hefty roasty bitterness. Not bad.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured opaque with brown oily legs and a thin brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, tobacco, chocolate, raisins, and licorice. Roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and piny-citrus hop middle. Semi-dry hop bitter finish. Silky mouth on a full body. Nice warmth in the chest.
DuffMan (6441) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased @ Holiday Wine and Spirits. Pours a thick black with a modest brown finger-thick head. Sweet chocolate syrup aroma, with nuances of currants, vegemite, and unmistakable subtle alcohol. Very silky mouthfeel, heavy with soft carbonation. Flavours or chocolate, roast, coffee beans, and molasses. Moderately bitter finish. Interesting that the booziness is unmistakable in the nose, but does not intrude on the palate at all. Quite drinkable and very good.
Pastor (795) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I walked into a beer store in mass and look what I found. The 22 0a bottle poured into a snifter produced a tan head the went of to a thin lace on top of a pitch black body
Aromas’ of sweet roasted malts (chocolate) filled my head there is a little dark fruit in there as well
The flavor is very sweet and it surprise’s me the malts are strong but the lite amount of bitterness coming thru is good enough to balance this brew out. The funny thing was that to say it is an IMP stout to me it’s a stretch. It was almost Quaffable in some ways I could not detect any of the 10% in this at all. The mouth feel was medium more than thick so I went down very good. A very interesting stout I am glad I tried it
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Toronado. Pours with a pitch black color and a thin brown head. Coffee dominates the aroma. The flavor profile changes as one goes along. Initially there is lots of sweetness and molasses that then gives way to coffee and bitter chocolate. Fairly smooth texture and not boozy at all.