paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich, thick black color with a big dark brown head. Roasted malts yielding bitter chocolate, espresso, with some Belgian yeast spice notes. Well balanced given the style.
Fatehunter (1596) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of at 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured pitch black, tan 2 inch head. Looks amazing.
Smell: Burnt malt, a fruit... fig? smell. I like it.
Taste: Toasted/burnt malt and espresso. The maltiness stays on the back of the tongue nicely. The bitter comes in at the end at the perfect moment.
The great head on the lips, like a cappuccino and then the smooth liquid. Barely any carbonation. Nice and smooth.
Excellent. A great tasting stout and very drinkable. And just noticing that it is 9.7% ABV... never would have guessed by the smoothness.
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a huge light-tan stable head. Aroma has some alcohol with hops. Some dark fruity notes with raisins. Chocolate and caramel. Taste has lots of chocolate with some coffee. Toffee and brown sugar. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma. Aftertaste is a bit sweet with more chocolate and milk chocolate. Not bad!
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with a light brown, foamy head. Delicious coffee aroma with some chocolate. Good dry finish with coffee. Mmm
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured jet black with a bubbly, tan head. Nice retention. Thick, full mouthfeel. Lots of roast, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Toasted grains, and a light almondy finish.
kdm1984 (783) - Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Smell is coffee, alcohol, toffee, roasted richness. Flavor is similar - some Belgian yeast as well, like plums, which is to my liking as a Belgian fan. Pairs well with the small cake I am having now. Well balanced imperial stout - ABV well hidden also.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is smokey, clove, alcoholic, roasty. Pours dark with lasting tan head good lace. Taste of smoke, citrus, spiciness, slight sweetness, lighter body than expected, some light bitterness, belgian sourness. long smokey chocolate and sour finish.
pineypower (2686) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out black with a slightly tan head. Aroma is of chocolate cake, dark dried fruits, light alcohol. Mouthfeel is appropriately thick with some nice rich texture. Flavors are of chocolate, light smoky earth, dark dried fruits, raisin, caramel and some light alcohol on the finish. Solid brew.
TizzleJizzle (727) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smoky malty aroma. Poured a dark brown/black color with a kakhai top and nice lacing. Taste is alcohol, chocolate, coffee, toast, and caramel. Too watery on the palate for an impy stout. All in all, a nice brew, but there are far better imperial stouts out there. Cheers
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great stout with a really nice mix of coffee, smoke, and fruit flavors. Some surprising notes in the aroma and taste for a stout, but welcome complexity. Love how well-masked the alcohol is while still asserting itself.