troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours an opaque black color with a beautiful pillow of mocha colored head. Interesting aroma is heavy on roasted malts, dried tobacco and cigar smoke. Rich flavor profile includes dry dark malts, earthy and woody notes, light tar, some fruity yeast notes and toffee/molasses. Lingering light sourness and smooth roast character. The flavor profile that reminded me more of an Export Stout with the interesting sourness of an English Porter. Decently balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel. Unique and pretty drinkable.
Atom (1883) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown/black with huge overflowing brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Taste is similar to aroma with a slight smokiness and a bitter coffee tobacco finish.
mensch (287) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and inky with finely beaded tan lace. Intense aroma of coffee, liquorice and burnt raisons. Beautifully rich, not thick or syrupy. Flavors of coffee and dark fruits follow through to the finish. Almost acrid, but not in a bad way. Maybe a double robust porter?
hayduke (3925) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 This gem was courtesy of Strykzone. It poured very black with a big foamy dark tan head and lots of heavy lacing. The nose is of dark ripe fruit. Very full body, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of dark chocolate at first, but as you continue you get smoky malts, leading to a complex finish with lingering flavors of coffee, ripe fruit, and some alchohol finally showing at the very end. Simply what imperial stouts are supposed to do. I loved this.
legion242 (2342) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Passable Imperial. Lots of well balanced malts to go toe to toe with equally generous hops. Was a bit hot with the alcohol though.
wlajwl (4807) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rather different from a lot of imperial stouts, but in a good way. The Belgian yeast and German hops add nice touches but don’t overpower the beer, which is very vinous and complex. An excellent imperial stout.
ddemmingjr (786) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Blanc Burger. Pours a deep,dark chocolate with a cinnamon frothy head. Milk, vanilla, chipotlle, cedar on the nose, rich mouthfeel, alcohol is present but subdued,milky, spicy characteristics, roasted malts, dry hopped hops add to this interesting brew. It works and is worth sampling.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Body is a deep, thick, viscous, opaque-dark brown nearly black color. Pours with a big cream colored head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves lots of lacing behind in the glass- a very good looking beer.
S- The belgian stout has a strange nose- milk, spicy belgian yeast, dark chocolate, a hint of funk, and a hint of roasted malt.
T- Taste is very similar to the nose-only comes off more as a roasted milk stout. There is an underlying hint of Belgian yeast-but the milkiness, roasted malt, and coacoa take precidence.
M- Medium to high carbonation-a nice, smooth velvety mouthfeel, smooth and creamy.
D- Actually overall I find this beer to be quite odd. I love belgians and I love stouts-but belgian stouts-and for that matter-sour porters/stouts or weirder to my palate than the American Black Ale. Its fairly enjoyable and yes very drinkable-but weird-the fact that this is funky and not sour is certainly a benefit.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-02-2011 03:55:38
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. A very nice pour, with thick and fluffy dark mocha head, good retention, and clumpy lacing. Very dark cola brown in color, yet not overly thick and oily looking as other big stouts. The unique aspects of this one come out right away in the nose. Big fresh plums and bready, nutty, rye toast. Some more fruits in there as well with cherries and pears. Also, caramel cookies, earth, and light whiskey. A very pleasant and engaging aroma. The body and feel of this beer is probably its biggest downfall for me. There’s just too much cola-like carbonated, sugary sweetness. The finish becomes quite bitter, but there’s a decent amount of booze in there as well. The flavors are similarly complex like the aroma, but aren’t presented quite so well because of the feel. As a result, the fruits, roasted, nutty grain breads, toffee cookies, and earthy-herbal bitterness in the finish, seem to blend and clump together. So much promise here. Just a bit off the mark. Could jump up to being a fantastic beer with a few minor tweaks I feel.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, St. Lou. Big pour, thick, oily, hefty like a milkshake with a silky beige head. Very rich chocolate malts in the nose, but sharp spicy hops in their too. Super nice mouthfeel, creamy and lactic, with a bit of a grainy, dry finish that nicely complements the noble hops in here (a nice touch). The fruity yeast is only barely detectable to my tastebuds, and I wish I had one to age to see if they came through a bit more. Intense dark core to the beer, smoky and roast espresso, with the additional elements coming and going fluidly. Complex and satisfying.