lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black pour with a finger and a half tan head. wonderful chocolate nose with a slight boozy note. very nice roasty, chocolate flavor. not much coffee flavor till the finish, where a malty bitterness lingers. not bad, but overpriced to buy again
raphael (1173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
/Somehow this beer us very dark but also sprightly. The roasted melt stays more int he background with enough complementary hops to keep the coffee root beer sweetness from running away with things, Modest dark tan head.
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a solid black color with a huge fluffy off white head that shows remarkable staying power. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, earthy hops, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of coffee and chocolate as expected. Dark caramel, citrus hops, and alcohol battle for supporting roles. Ashy roast and citrus bitterness leave there mark on my taste buds long after every sip. Surprisingly thin body really surprised me, I was expecting much more than this one delivers. Oily chocolate type mouthfeel with a medium to low level of carbonation. Very flavorful brew that I quite enjoyed, but this really could use a bit more body.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours as dark as Iíve ever seen a beer. Very good lacing. Pretty typical aroma/taste of roast coffee and hints of chocolate. Creamy mouth texture is not at all watery and super easy to drink. This strikes me as a potentially dangerous 10%; Iím not picking up any alcohol at all. If only they could have upped the flavor intensity of this beer it would be a gem. Very satisfying nonetheless.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty basic offering of a stout, it has a dark malty undertone and decent chocolate/coffee like finish, overall not bad, good offering
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a jet black with a thick tan head. Scent is dark chocolate, hops and coffee. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, chocolate with a bitter hoppy finish. Reminds me of a stronger Happy Ending stout.
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Dark Lord Day. Thanks for the share. Very dark black with small head. Kind of light body with typical stout flavours. Not very roasty. Would have again.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It seemed crazy to me to even drink another beer from Ballast Point because Sculpin is so amazing, however; I decided to give this beer a try.
Pours an inky black with a small head of beige that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.
Aroma is full of coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes.
Taste is very similar to the smell with some added complexity that Iím guessing comes from the un-malted barley
Overall this is a good example of an Imperial stout, however; I prefer either a Mikkeller or a speedway stout instead
jkwood04 (5293) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little coffee, dark chocolate, some resin, and some citrusy hops. Flavor nice for an imperial stout, strong of the dark notes, but the resin and hops donít mix well. Thick texture. A pretty good beer.
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The liquid thickness fills my glass with brown darkness rendering a beige head of foam. Smells like brown sugar, roasted malt and pine needles with some light fruity notes (figs, plums?). Medium body with a very bold flavor profile that is in no way smooth: Bitter chocolate, sweet malt, a little caramel and vanilla, fruity and finishing in over hopped bitterness that seems to be way too common for American imperial stouts. The 10% is well masked but I would have liked the bitterness cut back a bit.