ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely.
S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, there’s a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is.
T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - it’s aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it.
M: Thick as a brick. I can’t think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile.
O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, I’m of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.
Maxbier (274) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark nearly black pour with dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and vanilla. Intense velvety dark chocolate flavors. Finish is like baking cocoa and cream and very roasty. Delicious.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jstonerock24 (135) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pouts Black with medium carbonation and a light brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate, coffee, dark deep fruit, slight hints of both raisins and soy. Flavor is bold chocolate coffee with a perfect bitterness to round it out.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nose is predictably boozy with caramel, deep sugars and fruits like plum. First taste hits you with the abv with a little sugar tang finishing into a tobacco, coffee earthy tone. Not gonna nitpick this is what I want out of this style, to a T.
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - SEP 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-9-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was dark and roasty with lots of roasted malt, chocolate malt and coffee aromas. The chocolate is a mix of both bitter cocoa and sweet milk chocolate with aromas of vanilla and caramel adding to the milk chocolate sweet smell. Mixed with these aromas is a little bit of smoke and hop as well as some lighter notes of darker fruits giving a rather roasted and sweet aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee upfront. The chocolate starts out a little more on the roasted/cocoa side but gains a sweetness as vanilla, milk and caramel come to the tongue. While a more milk chocolate flavor develops more toward the middle it is balanced by an increase in the coffee bitterness of the brew. Toward the end the sweeter flavors fade more while the coffee remains the same. With a lighter earthy and herbal hop flavor coming to the tongue at the end, along with a light alcohol flavor that comes to the tongue at the end, a nice roasted and moderately sweet and bitter (of coffee and hop) flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and quite creamy side with a carbonation level that was rather average. The feel of this one was quite nice and very appropriate and fitting for the roasted flavors and big feel of the brew.
Overall - A very delicious imperial with a good blend of roasted malt flavors, sweetness, a tad of booziness, and a nice bitter hop and coffee flavor mixed within. Definitely one to try.
birdiecox12 (5) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Love this beer. Next to the batch 8000 & 9000 editions. My favorite. Smooth, strong, bite and a clean finish
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black tan head and big carbonation. Aroma of rich french roast coffee. Wonderful. Taste takes it to the next level, dried fruit of raisin and prune with some black licorice. Fantastic.
stevoj (2193) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One heck of a brew, slick and oily, black with fast disappearing beige head. Robust but mild aroma leads into sharp, crisp and deep smoky taste. Mouth feel is slick and slippery, lingering coffee bitterness/ Well worth its high ratings.
ansalon (1430) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage at Akkurat. Pours matte black with a low semi-compact mocha head with some froth on top. Swirling it leaves almost no lacings on the i side of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, honey, slight leather and tobacco, roasted nuts, vanilla. Taste is chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, roasted nuts, dark red berries, slight burnt meat tones as well as some vanilla hints. Mouthfeel is very smooth yet with oly coatings and a long-lasting impression. Aftertaste is heavily roasted chocolate with roasted nuts and some honey as well. Superbly well balanced!
fitwitchik (331) - USA - JUL 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle pouted into a snifter darkest black brown with a brown head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma of molasses dark fruits dark cocoa.
Flavor is incredible rich chocolate cherry coffee roasted malts.
So smooth and luscious. Wonderful blend of flavors. Almost perfect.
cernjoh (129) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well not much to say most people have had this and it is great. This was bottled 10/22/12. Today is 7/30/14. It is like a thick dark chocolate milkshake in aroma, appearance, taste, and palate. A little bit of smoke in taste. Excellent! Cheers.