elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with an ever-so-thin dark tan head that quickly disappears. Nevertheless, a very appealing beer in the glass. Aroma of stone fruits with a very alcohol forward profile resembling cognac or brandy. Taste similarly follows suit with a strong alcohol profile, followed by an oaked, almost tobacco-like smoke flavor. Roasted malts emerge as the beer warms, but the alcohol and smoke remain in the forefront. Mouthfeel is thick, almost chewy, but with a prickly carbonation. A fine example of an imperial stout.
dresden (1479) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big fluffy brown head witha ton of sticky lacing. Aroma is smoke, dark fruits, cocoa. Good hit of booze, followed by a nice dark chocolate, fruits, tobacco.
Pretty nice beer!
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Pours dark as night with a two and a half finger dark, creamy mocha colored head. The head is surprising for the style and alcohol content. Leaves some thick lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, some peat, fig, plum, some spiciness from the belgian yeast and hops, molasses. Tastes very much like it smells. At the start you get an intense roastiness. Roasted chocolate, espresso, some peat and ash characters. Then in the middle you get a lot more sweet qualities. Get the dark fruits like sweet plum and fig, as well as some milk chocolate and molasses. The finish is more roasted flavors, some tobacco, plum, some tart qualities, a lot more peat, stays sweet too. Perhaps a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish, but goes well with the intense roasted qualities. Creamy and sticky mouthfeel throughout. Pretty full body. Gets more complex as it warms. This is a terrific, complex imperial stout.
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Color is black with tan head. Aroma is sweet and some coffee. Taste is molasses and roasted malt middle tongue is coffee with a Smokey finish.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma- molasses, rum-soaked raisins, oak, slight roasted notes
Appearance- pitch black with an off-white head
Taste- booze hits upfront followed by some oak, astringency, roasted notes, dark chocolate, and some more alcohol
Palate- heavy but not quite on par with the flavors
Overall- A hot mess mostly. Some redeeming qualities but not near enough to uplift this brew.
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head to it. Little smell, though I get some slight roasted notes to it. Dark roasted and malty notes to the taste. Not bad, but not my favorite in the style.
sjohnny (521) - - OCT 11, 2012
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No aroma whatsoever. Strange. Solid black with a thick tan head. Lots of lacing. Starts off with coffee and a little molasses. Slightly bitter. Not bad.
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Lalo and Kyle. Pours black with light carbonation, small tan head. Nose is light roast, light medicinal quality, cocoa. Flavor is more medicinal, thin palate, ending boozy.
wilnatp (663) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stanley’s Beer Fest 10/6, BOTTLE. Aroma of chocolate, bread, dark fruits, herbs,spices and smoke/roast. Taste is sweet and full. Mouthfeel is smooth.
maekchu (3513) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Strong sweet chocolate aroma. Black. Sharp chocolate initial; tart dark fruit comes out in mid palate; finish has strong sweetness again. Medium body. Good stuff