berntholer (1045) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dense chocolate beige head fades with structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma bit boozy, hint of coconut, caramel, chocolate. taste is slight sweet, bitter chocolate, liquorice, ashes with a long bitter chocolaty finish. velvet mouthfeel, soft carbonation. very nice balance and smooth, abv well hidden, a real treat to drink! bottle 35,5cl / bd feb-2012
asmall (16) - Monroe, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Unbelievable chocolate bomb! Great aftertaste that lingers.Alcohol well hidden.One of the great stouts! Sit back put your headphones on and enjoy on a cool fall night! You might not get out of your chair!
jcnielsen (2251) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Roasty, burnt, licorice aromas. Roasty, licorice, malty, syrupy flavors. Very nice full bodied stout. Not my favorite, because it has some black licorice flavors that Iím not a fan of, but itís still a top notch stout.
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a medium and nice thin bubbled beige head. Medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left on the glass. A thin layer persists for quite a long time
S: Strong roasted malts and coffee aroma. Licorice and very earthy yeasts. Strong notes of wood too. Very earthy and boozy in the end
T: Strong roasted malts, mainly. Strong notes of coffee, brown bread, licorice, oak, earthy yeasts. Upfront taste is slightly sweet and molasses but, in overall, itís very bitter and roasted. Intense. And really bitter as an American Imperial Stout should be
M: Heavy, thick, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Intense roasted and bitter aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. An American RIS classic
[ BA Review @ 7/3/2013 ]
mtdewa1 (345) - rome, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark as night black pour. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, raisin and roasted malts. Taste is bitter chocolate, malts and coffee. Very thick velvety mouth feel. Smooth finish. Well done. Can?t wait to age and revisit.
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick inky black with a tan head leaving a little lacing. Roasted malt nose with a little chocolate. Spiciness in the front with malt coming in and a bit of molasses, chocolate, and almost burnt coffee in the end. Not bad, but not one of my fav beers for a stout.
Maverick34 (2352) - New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Jet black oily thick pour with a tan head that subsides. Roasted malt aroma and bitter chocolate. Oily chocolate flavors with a bit of dark fruits. Quite good.
dlovell2 (881) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured in snifter. Pours black with a mocha brown head. Rich roasted malt, coffee , cocoa, and dark dried fruits aromas. Flavor is dark roasted malt, espresso and unsweetened cocoa. Followed by a light sweet dried prune flavor. Finishing with a dark cocoa bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. This brew is jacked up full of flavor.
teromous (77) - - OCT 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the label: "13415 PKGD 08/22/14 C" so it is just under two months old.
Appearance: Oily black with a thick creamy khaki head that fades leaving fine bubbled lacing on the glass.
Aroma: I pick up the scent of caramel and a hint of coffee. It is very light on the aroma.
Taste: It has a very very rich flavor consisting of coffee, oak, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of bourbon around the edge. The bottle doesnít say anything about bourbon barrels or anything but this is how it tastes. It is a very excellent tasting stout.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is superb. It is thick and smooth. It is a sipper, but it doesnít burn with the high alcohol content.
Overall: This is a very excellent RIS. It is thick, smooth, and full of flavor. Less than two months in the bottle and it has the quality of a well-aged imperial stout. I highly recommend trying this out and buying more than one. It is very easy to drink and is delicious.
EdKing (1979) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle traded with Steasy66 a year or so ago. Pours very very dark brown to opaque black out of the bottle with a tan head which dissipates to nothing very quickly. It looks rich with some dark brown clarity at the edges in the glass. Nose is malty, yeasty, yeast extract, little bourbon barrel perhaps, Shreddies malty cereal. Any coffee or chocolate is very subtle in the nose. Little buttery. Taste is very fine. It has a lightness and a delicate body which is very unusual for an imperial stout. Silky and luscious body on the tongue. Very slight oiliness. Iíll get to the flavours in a moment, but the mouthfeel is remarkable. Taste is really quite hard to describe. A real blend of perfection. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast extract saltiness, very subtle black coffee in the background somewhere, something vinous and alcoholic like the kind of sunshine you get in a Sauternes, syrupy dark chocolate, the beginnings of some dried dark fruit or roasted gooey plums. Each flavour is almost perfectly balanced. The roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate blends perfectly. The yeast extract maltiness and saltiness is slightly dominating, which is my only pedantic criticism. Soy sauce saltiness. The mouthfeel is just a revelation. Never had something with this silky oily vinous texture other than sweet wines. Itís not thick though, really light. Iíve had a lot of American imperial stouts which are just totally overrated or bourbon bombs, but this is almost perfectly balanced. Itís almost a perfection of subtlety, mouthfeel and texture.