nazbotica (15) - Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is such a well balanced, big stout. It has a rich, roasty, smooth taste that smacks of cherries, coconut and chocolate. This is almost a year old, which could account for the smoothness. I absolutely love this beer.
nearbeer (3782) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
650 ml. Opaque with a half-inch of creamy foam above. Beautiful frosting on the glass. Nose is dark chocolate, raisin and espresso, with some hints of fruity caramel and wood. Flavor is dark chocolate and espresso on front, with later notes of vanilla, caramel and cherry/lactic acid. Oak and charry roast on the satisfyingly dry, slightly astringent finish. Medium-heavy body is super smooth and dangerously drinkable as it seems to have struck a perfect balance between watery vs. sticky.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap pours a black color with a dark coffee aroma. Light tan head fades quickly and laces the glass well. Good malty body and has a sweet dark roasted finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours deep brownish black with a tall, semi creamy froth. Good head retention reducing slowly to reveal a fluffy canopy and some sticky lacing. Aromas of roasted chocolate. Medium full nectar with good carbonation creating a soft texture. Out of the bull pen this one is moderately roasted with defined bitter sweet cocoa. It doesnít seem to overload me with anything really. A great balance between all components. Theres a bit of a roasted nut shell essence, some coffee bean, and leather. The play between the hops and the carbonation create this snappy, lively sensation on the palate. The finish is bittered swiftly and sticks. No apparent oak flavors. Overall: this is a very tasty stout with a great mouthfeel, almost chalky and not sweet at all. A nice balanced brew. Solid!
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i love boulder beer company. there. i said it. there’s no taking it back. i just freaking love everything this company makes. however, until now, i have only tasted wildly hoppy ales, an extra buttery barleywine, and an overly citrused wit from boulder. as a stout lover, i’ve waited years for boulder to go darker, to plunge into the depths of tar black lightlessness. and, finally, on a recent trip to visit friends in denver, i found obovoid. this "emperical" imperial stout is top notch. poured into wide brimmed wine goblets, obovoid rejected any sliver of light or hint of illumination. overly zealous carbonation bubbles constantly ascended and bristled the top of the glass, hindering a solid head to form on the beer’s surface. aromatic flavor notes revealed abundant gushes of espresso, burnt dark chocolate, anise and dry raisin cakes. my good friend herb and i sipped obovoid at room temperature, and i found the flavors growing more pronounced as the beer warmed. sipping slowly, i couldn’t help but think of mint chocolate chip ice cream or a fine slice of new york style cheesecake beside this beer. instead, we had the "majesty" of the denver snowcapped skyline drizzling down a chilled grey morning on our overly black goblets. perfect. a close second in genre to old rasputin’s russian imperial stout. boulder beer has impressed me once again.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 This was one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Thick and dense, crisp and fresh, this beer had a roast complex of utopia. Thereís something about the balance this one achieves thatís mind blowing. Itís thick and roasty and harsh and abrasive yet itís soft and fluffy on the swallow in a way that the body lets down itís bigness but the flavors still sink deep into every crevice of your palate. Very interesting, and I loved every minute of this one. Will buy whenever I see it.
jmagnus87 (2449) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours black with a finger if light tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is light bitter. Coffee with some dark chocolate. Full bodied with a thick texture. Soft carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, great!
krumbum (522) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glowing deep brown with a very light brown almost white head. Nutty , roasted smells. Very Very Creamy lead with a thin hazelnut body. It is light and refreshing and rinses clean.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: poured into a snifter. pours deep onyx with a light brown almost beige head. head retains very well, with good lacing.
S: Great Scott! Aromas of oak, bourbon, licorice, vanilla, and tobacco.
T: Oak and vanilla right off the bat. somewhat chocolaty as well. as it warms it has a slight lingering of bourbon. Great roasted malts.
M: Wonderful! I can feel my taste buds going insane with this one. Too many flavors would be insulting, but this is very complex.
D: This is a wonderful stout, which truly impressed me coming from Boulder, which makes me think of hops. The flavors are very complex but delightful. All I need now is a porterhouse to accompany this one.
msiano (35) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great taste with a Dark pourwith a off white head, very deep Oak malty flavor.