scottw86 (1161) - 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 (925) - 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 (4200) - 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 (3048) - 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.
TizzleJizzle (770) - 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 (4139) - 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 (4164) - 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.