boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a dark, inky opaque brown color. There was a finger of a dense, dark beige head on it. It lingered and left some lacing. Good aroma of mainly chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe some espresso too. The taste is very good. Only a little bit of sweetness to it. A nice blend of roast, chocolate and bitterness are the main flavors. I’m picking up some faint fruits, but they are hard to discern exactly what they are. Alcohol is well hidden. Touch of dryness to the finish. Nice.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Phaleslu. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of spicy yeast, oak, chocolate, berries, some roast, the Belgian yeast is a little overwhelming. Taste again has way more Belgian yeast fruit and funkiness than I expected, a little too much. Interesting to try but I think it would be better without the Belgian yeast. The finish has some bitter chocolate. Smooth texture. It grows on me as it warms.
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from SLL. Very dark pour with a thick brown head. Chocolate, molasses, and bread aroma. Sweet and spicy taste. Hop, rye, chocolate, molasses, and black licorice flavors. Nice powerful sipping beer. I would try it again.
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at Castelli’s. It was a black pour with a nice sized tan head. The aroma was chocolate, coffee and ash. The flavor is very ashy, oats, and a little bit of dark fruit. It finishes with very good carbonation and would do it all over again.
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a large, creamy tan head. Splotchy lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, coca, and noble hops. Sweet roasty flavor with chocolate and apple like sweetness. Some roasted malt and hop bitterness kicks in on the finish. Thick creamy body with slightly fizzy carbonation. Mild alcohol warming and lingering roastiness. Very nice Belgian imperial stout. Smooth, creamy, complex.
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 (1915) - 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 (289) - 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 (4123) - 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 (2343) - 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.