climberbob (248) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not aged. Black w thin brown head that quickly goes. Coffee chocolate aroma and taste. Sting bitter malt. Slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Nice lingering finish. Look forward to our some down to age.
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PattyBat (78) - - FEB 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from 8/22/2013. Pours jet black with a nice cinnamon colored head. Smells a bit of caramel, light chocolate notes, roasted malt and a hint of toffee. Tastes a bit sweet up front with some chocolate and caramel notes, with a bitterness that quickly follows. One of the finer stouts I have enjoyed.
sassefa (1) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A rich flavored dark stout. Initially tangy and almost sweet with a strong "barrely" taste at the end. Definitely a must taste for a stout lover.
SG111 (429) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/23/14. Pours absolutely pitch black. One of the darkest beers Iíve ever seen. Tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, lots of chocolate, some coffee and some licorice maybe? Cherry? Little bit of booze comes through. Amazing Aroma. Flavor is deliciously dark roasted malts and chocolate. Little bit of licorice. The mouthfeel is so incredible. It just fills up your mouth. So full bodied. Bitter coffee finish. Top notch imperial stout.
jh773 (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in Sept. 2014. Tasted on 1/16/15. Color is pitch-black. Deep tan head, 1/2 finger. Smell is soy sauce, deep wood and chocolate notes, molasses, licorice. Taste is bittersweet, creamy, French roast coffee, charred wood, cocoa nibs. Long drying finish. Only the barest hint of dark fruit flavors/aroma. Not bad, but Iím more interested in how this tastes with a year or two on it.
jc1762 (150) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to tderoeck for the bottle!
Poured into a teku glass, showing pitch ink black and very little if any latte foam that fades into swirls in the glass.
The nose is complex - a lot of bourbon and charred wood. Generous notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Also lighter hints of vanilla.
The palate shows an oily, slick, impossibly smooth, and light body. The first impression shows a lot of the bourbon, and smoked wood with light hints of the dark chocolate. The mid palate matures into more of the bourbon and smokiness. The finish shows a noticeable but short sweetness akin to vanilla or a milk stout and a strong but not overwhelming espresso bitterness. This is a really tasty sipper. Very curious to see how this ages.
ChrisSc (393) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle packages on 8/22/14.
Pours dark black, completely opaque. Small layer of mocha head on top. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, plum, roasty, subtle alcohol complex. Taste is chocolatey bitter upfront, but not over powering. Very subtly sweet undertone. Mouthfeel is rich and full. Smooth texture. Long silky finish. Theyíve obviously got this beer dialed in after many years of producing it. This beer only improves with time.
IvoR (82) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black with a thick foamy dark brown head, and a thinner light brown foam on top of that. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt in a perfect balance with neither dominating. Exceptional stout, indeed.
chacobella (52) - Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BIG! Hard to believe itís a six pack imperial stout. ROUGH! Alcohol in the nose and finish. Iím putting the other five in the cellar, should be FANTASTIC in a couple years!
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from October 2014 poured into a snifter.
Pours an inky black with the look and consistency of used motor oil. Leaves a quick glimpse of a tan head that quickly fades away. Some nice splotches on the sides of the glass.
Aroma really jumps with coffee, dark chocolate, and prunes. A bit of a charred character hinting at the roastyness.
The flavor when cold is really bitter with a tartness that surprised me. As the beer warmed, however, this smoothed out considerably and everything just seemed to meld. Coffee, char, and dark fruit just seem to be married perfectly with just enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Incredible mouthfeel that is silky smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable.
Overall, an incredible RIS and very drinkable. Really hits all the high points of the style and is quite delicious.