maley1 (552) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge chocolate with cocoa dominate taste. Having a hard time distinguishing this from an imperial stout. Good job.
ESATIKKFAN (18) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet caramel taste going down with roasted coffee notes that linger on the tongue.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate fudge with marshmallows, man. Smells like it, taste like it. Maybe some Bailey’s, too. Perhaps a little bit of bitterness in the finish, but mostly sweet and heavy. Good Stuff...
beernovice39 (3038) - Montana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville NC. Jet black beer with a thin tan head. Scent is sweet/roasted malt and massive amount of chocolate. Taste is coffee and loads of chocolate. Into chocolate? Go for it.....
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A solid black color with a rich foamy brown head. Loads of vanilla and toasted malts, chocolate, and coffee in the aroma. Rich and full bodied with vanilla, warming alcohol, and coffee pouring through.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with linh, Vi, and Thi for Chinese new year. Pours pitch black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, coffee, and mild roast. Mouthfeel is very well balanced with notes of vanilla, wood, alcohol sharpness, and coffee, but also a great dose of fresh, bitter hops.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured stout black into my tulip glass with a dark khaki head with a thin lacing. The smell is amazing, up front loads of coffee, chocolate roasted malts, and a subtle vanilla. Can’t stop inhaling it to the point some almost went up my nose. I’d like to chop it up and take one Steve-o style but my better judgement got the best of me this time. It’s a sneaky beer in my eyes it tastes exactly how it smells and in that order. It’s a silky smooth texture with great after taste with a slight hint of alcohol (but barely). Definitely not sludge like a stout but delightful feel for a porter. This is an awesome beer and only wish they would they would release one with real vanilla bean and not just flavoring and set it in bourbon barrels for a few months. Then it would be the perfect imperial porter in my eyes. I might have marked it a bit high on the points but I attribute that to the skeleton parrot on the label ;)
Hair6a11 (1229) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is Dark Brown/Black with a frothy tan head. Terrific Roasted coffee bean nose - Bitterness is present up front - It does bite the tongue - Coffee beans and vanilla mesh with cocoa and brown sugar. An earthy quality takes form - Incredible logo, btw . Anyway - this brew is fantastic.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black coffee brown with a creamy lacy head. Coffee nose, with brown sugar, vanilla, hint of chocolate and alcohol. Taste is coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, hoppy bitterness, and chocolate. Finish of coffee, and bitter hops. Overall a stellar beer.
popery (1215) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wall-to-wall black with a creamy beige head. Some coffee black shades show up on the edges when swirled in the glass. Some lacing. Vanilla beans, creamy chocolate, roasted malt and fruity coffee. There’s a lot of good stuff going on. Some booze heat in this fresh bottle. Starts sweet like a chocolate milkshake and transitions to a bitter note combining roast and coffee. The finish is nicely bitter and sticks with you for awhile. Creamy, thick and wonderful. Some booze burn in the finish.