seymour (1588) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Thanks Scott & Tommy at Pearl Cafe! Tasted from fresh 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It poured an opaque, very dark brown color with moderate beige head, alcohol legs when swirled, and lasting lace. Aromas and flavors presented "the essential truth" of an Irish Stout: brown bread, roasted barley, slight grain bitterness, and a tart, dry finish. But add to that nicer body and head retention from diverse unmalted multi-grains, blend of perfumey German noble with American Citra hops, and Belgian yeast esters and phenols. It had faint hints of coffee and chocolate but otherwise lacked the extreme stereotypical barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout characteristics, which was fine for a change. Great stuff.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a proper stout should. The aroma is great, smokey, dark fruit, raisin, molasses, chocolate, booze, awesome. The flavour, is also awesome, starts out sweet with dark fruits and brown sugar, roastiness balances that out with coffee and dark chocolate, finishes off with notes of cigar and licorice.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours clear black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is soft, with citrus, toast, mandarin orange, lots of smoke... Flavours of smoke, tar, clean grapefruit finish. A nice beer, but it couldnít keep up with the rest of the lineup.
Bricktop86 (601) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Pours dark brown with a lot of mocha head. First imperial stout I have seen with more than a fingers worth of head. Smells of alcohol, roasted malts and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol burn.
JoeinDahlem (1359) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, rich, spicy-hop-bitter, impression of dark baking chocolate, gorgeous brown head, large beer yet balanced, hairy yet smooth, dry but with that touch of mocha sweetness, and then itís all gone. Excellent workmanship. Further testing required.
jkwood04 (4422) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a thick, tan head. Aroma of dark malts with roasted and chocolate notes, a little coffee, plus some floral hops, and dark fruits and spiciness. The flavor is good, but I donít know how I feel about the Belgian yeast. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer, but not the best of its style.
Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a light beige head. Roasted malts, bread, plums, chocolate, and resiny hops. Crisp, medium body, long bitter finish.
jcos (1643) - Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle on April 29th
Appearance: Pours black with dark red head.
Aroma: Aroma is of coffee, malt
Taste: Light bitterness, some coffee.
Palate:Medium body, more carbonation than expected.
Summary: I donít know if this beer is "the truth", but itís pretty good. My only note is more carbonation than expected.
Niko100 (2156) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, molasses, chocolate, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, hops, and some dark fruit; Fairly well balanced; Different overall - not too bad.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12oz bottle to snifter:
Pours a near pitch black with plentiful dense mocha froth to cap things off. Perfect lacing, like a timeline of tonightís drinking.
Crazy mix of aromas - burnt wood, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, subdued hops, subtle dark fruit, brown sugar.
The flavors are equally impressive - milk chocolate, charred oak, harsh vanilla, simple syrup.
This is a great beer. Tons of complexity, tons of potential in the cellar.