PhillyCraft (5320) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Kev and Keith. Pours mirror black with medium coffee brown head and lacing. Aromas of belgian yeast sugars, dark fruit, mollases. Taste is smokey wood, plum and other dark fruit, bitter chocolate. Very warming beer, with a good bit of heat behind it in the flavor.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown mixed in with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of coffee and lactose.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of lactose sweetness and dark fruits. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast flavor and a bit of spices comes through along with some more dark fruits and lactose flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of lactose.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The booze is extremely well hidden and the beer is excellently balanced. The yeast character is a nice addition.
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 (2121) - 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 (1157) - 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 (4198) - 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 (814) - 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 (3008) - Ocean County, 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.