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 (2736) - 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 (731) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at D&Q Mini Mart; Best by September 8, 2013; Sample May 2012
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost four-finger thick, darkly brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated chocolate brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells slightly smoky, most definitely roasted, perhaps a touch savory, it has a cold espresso character to it, a subtle sweet plum fruitiness, some definite warm alcohol, and a richly toasted dark grain character that leans towards dark chocolate aromatics.
Smooth, yet still effervescently textured, the beer has a creaminess to the body that lightly coats the palate; certainly chewy though, but without being overly heavy. Deep, dark chocolate flavors intermingle with an expressive toasted / roasted whole grain character. The toasted and roasted notes linger for a long time in the finish and provide a touch of burnt bitterness, a hint of acrid character, and even some burnt derived acidity. Mixing with the rich chocolate flavors are notes of roasted raisins and figs, and perhaps a touch of clove; this last seems to come out more as the beer warms up. Deeply roasted flavors are more reminiscent of richly darkened, roasted malt than coffee; burnt, yet balanced by roasted malt richness / savoriness / not-quite-sweetness. Sort of makes me think of a malted, heavily dark chocolate laden, espresso boosted, ice-cream shake, but without all the sweetness or milk / cream flavors. Touches of alcohol mix with the turpene like spicy clove character in the finish and helps to add some bite to this brew. As the beer warms up the bitter, roasted malt character softens and more of the chocolate, smooth, richly malted notes come out.
While a bit atypical, I like that the body of this beer is a bit more viscous and rich than your typical, Belgian in origin, Belgian Stout; especially with such a huge roasted grain component, the residual body helps to temper and balance this brew. This definitely drinks like a meal, and is quite enjoyable if you are looking for a roast focused, chewy stout. It could have used a touch more of an expressive Belgian yeast character, but that can be a hard thing to balance in a stout, and I certainly don’t have any material complaints with this beer. In the end this is quite nice, and I am quite happy that I picked up a bottle of this to bring home.
rodenbach99 (3573) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Style et résumé: Imperial Stout hybride avec malt anglais, levure belge et houblons allemands.
Comment: Bouteille de 12oz un cadeau de Patrick.
Description: Bière brune foncée avec un mousse brune. Le nez est intéressant avec des notes fruitées de raisins et de dattes. La bouche est costaude, puissante. Il y a beaucoup d’alcool, même trop. Il y a tout de même de belles notes de café et de raisins. La texture est crémeuse mais tout suite cette sensation est rompu par les brulures causées par l’alcool.
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle that poured a dark black color, aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, and touch of dark chocolate, quite enjoyable.
jcartamdg (2442) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into my bruery tulip. Pours dark black with a three finger head, good lacing and a head that stays. The aroma on this is crazy good. Malts, coffee and an Irish cream aroma, smells even better than it tastes. Taste is similar to the nose yet less dynamic. Not as complex as aroma, malts and coffee. A decent mouthfeel but not spectacular. Very good but not great.
seymour (1659) - 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.