budznsudz (553) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark black with almost zero head. Aroma is chocolate and roast with a touch of oak. Taste is toasted grain, chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Thin on the palate.
EithCubes (4701) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 My 4050th rating, according to RB [and boom, my 50th from the great state of New Jersey, according to RB; I have a Rauchbier from Triumph rated higher but this might be my favorite íregularí from the Garden State]. Bottle. Nose is strongly roasty on several levels, lots of inky black chocolate, some grape, salty licorice, light raisin, faint red berry, a great mix right out of the bottle! Just a hint that alcohol is coming. Dark brown pour is mostly opaque, supports a light brown head. Full body, bright and fresh, low but consistent and smooth carb. Roast ends up being somewhat gentle in the mouth, sweet but not cloying, chocolate recedes a little but itís not straight-up sugar. Neutral yeast in the bg, alcohol amazingly well hidden from the tongue and other sensory organs of the mouth, but there is some excellent, soothing warming in the throat and chest, and then only slowly. Faint wood and vanilla, some cognac/brandy notes and faint caramel, plus the almond and faint cherry of amaretto. Hops are mild, but despite the relative balance, this oneís about the other side of the coin (and honestly, isnít it nice to have a multi-layered go resembling an expensive spirit instead of a straight-up new age face-melter? A big selling point might be that my mouth actually feels clean afterwards rather than gummed up with sugar fuzz and hop sludge). I might regret the high score in the morning (I can see the weak spots in the armor and an older/riskier batch might expose the flaws directly), but for now, this is a tremendous sipper worthy of the snifter.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color, small beige edge head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is bitter coffee and burnt almonds.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Paulís for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep brown to black with a touch of haze and a very thin white head around the edges. Lots of sweet old roast on the nose. Sweet and malty, ashy and a bit of bitterness. Long rusty charcoal and malt. Not great.
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Full on coffee, chocolate, caramel. Very nice easy drinking imperial stout. Not hot at all, this big beer drinks like a oatmeal stout. There are some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced.
BVery (5930) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a small off white head. Aroma is roasty and slightly fruity. Moderate palate for the style. Taste is slight fruit, licorice, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.
boxofrane (2046) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours typical imperial stout black with a small tan head that dissipates, leaving a film on top of the beer. The aroma isnít as pungent as others in the style but has some expresso, chocolate, and a little booziness. Taste is very chocolatey with a little coffee in the background. The palate is sticky and full. This one surprised me. One of the better imperial stouts that I have had to date.
imaragingbull (569) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours big opaque black with nice tan tight creamy head. Aromas of pine, choc roast, coffee bean and a touch of touch of smoke. Med light body hoppy pine. Very easy drinking light finish with a touch of roast and choc sweetish balance with the piney hops lingering. Not all that complex for an IS but very good drinking.
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some light fruits on the nose surprisingly - peach and pear maybe, then some licorice, toffee, malt. Real dark, persistent thin head. First you notice its a medium bodied imperial stout - weird for the style. Root beer notes, more of those lighter juicier fruits. Confusing really.
bubbleflubber (1743) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep cola, almost opaque hue, with the slightest mahogany-ruby fringes. The head is light and dissipating, choco-tan, leaving thin spotty lace. The nose is of roasted chocolate-covered strawberries. Flavors are almost commercially spot on... there is a definitive roasted note to a bitter and semi-sweet chocolate bark, accompanying a strawberry/cherry citrus that maximizes mid-palate. A roasted bitter closes the finish, providing a smoky effervescence to the pull. As the description suggests, one needs to let this warm before fully appreciating. Straight out of the fridge, it seems thin, stringent and milky. After letting it warm and "open up", many more roasted, fruity flavors come through, as well as a more relaxed, open palate. Appreciated.