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.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown; red highlights; big beige head. Aroma - roasted barley. Flavor - Real bitter, roasty, a tinge of fruity sweetness. Gets better as I drink it. Sea Monster is right.
OldGrowth (3204) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Tylers Apex. 03/13/11. Good aroma, bitter sweet, dark choclate and coffee. Brownish black color, ok head, that faded quick. spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, Tasty, bit on the bitter side, not enough of the sweetness for my preference in the flavor.
mile (3787) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, average and mostly diminishing dark brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, lots of roasted malt, some coffe and piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, roasted malt, some coffee, piney hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish, roasted malt and some coffee and piney hoppyness. Not so sweet IPAwith nice hoppyness.
AWISLguy (2458) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Rerate: bomber shared with my other brother and Eric. Strength in difference is the strong coffee/chocolate aroma carrying nicely into the taste, with a rich roast presence making it a great sweet/roasty/bitter blend. Perhaps the original was an older bottle? This is a nice one. Original rating: 650ml bottle bought home from FLA by ck1 - thanks bro for sharing your 36 hour scamper! Pours a dark black with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some hoppiness, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is very sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla with a hint of coffee. Alcohol somewhat present, and getting stronger as if warms. Finishes with some hops - mildly thick. Not sure where they were going with this one. An American Strong? A bit thicker would be better as a stout. 8-4-7-4-13.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Get Real NY. Coffee aroma with some chocolate, roasted malts. Bitter coffee, some vanilla. Pretty good.
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Vintner. Dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is hoppy and full of roasted malts and chocolate notes. Taste smooth and easy to drink. Not really thick, but it is clearly an impy stout. Good stuff, but I am probably prejudice.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a little bit of light red showing at the edges with a beige head. Contrary to the aesthetic of this stout, it was surprisingly thick on the palate with some nose booze tones. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, chocolate pudding with mild roast and even some yeast tartness. Anise spice, oats, oak and a little bit of acidity.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of peteinsd. thanks, peter! pours a dark, cola-brown with a thin, creamy, khaki head with light rentention and sticky, drippy lace. aroma is damn nice with big, dark, roasted malts, black coffee, and milk chocolate with notes of molasses, earthy hops, and oatmeal cookies with a hint of toffee as it warms. flavor is wonderful with bold mocha coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate up front backed by raw oatmeal, rum balls, and burnt pecan sandies with hints of cinnamon and vanilla on the back end. palate is full bodied, smooth as silk, and very easy drinking with moderated carbonation and a long, bittersweet, roasty finish. overall, a great imperial stout.
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 very nice well made stout, need more hops though, the malted sweetness takes over overbearingly, nice roasted complexity however, delicious beer