travita (3964) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, black in color, tan colored head. The smell is roasty, chocolate, malts, coffee, and toasty. The taste is slightly dried fruits, chocolate, malts, coffee, roast, and toast.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep chocolate brown, dark tan head. Rather simple roasty, nutty aroma with a slight harsh yeast edge. Somewhat alcoholic, liquerish. Weird boozy, almost banana-y flavor, oaky, rather roasty. Slight overripe basementiness. Moderately bitter, again roasty finish, lightly sour.
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with a thick cream head. coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and light smoke. nice palate, big roasted coffee with roasted malts and a bitter finish.
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown to black with a large tan head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. There is some bitterness either from the hops or the malt. Creamy, soft thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.
cho7a7 (5) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving Type: Bottle (750 ml)
Glassware: Pinot Noir Glass
Color (hue and head): Deep and dark with dirty, frothy head. Slowly settles to consistent, thin tan lace across the top.
Aroma: sweet and smoky
Taste: Bakers chocolate, cinnamon spices, rich malt. Hints rye and roasted coffee. Warm and lingering finish.
Grade: 91/100 (A-)
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and brown with good retention and lacing. Distinct spicy Belgian yeast aroma, especially clove, that mingled nicely with chocolate, subdued anise, dark fruits, and roast. Loved the smell. Medium to full bodied with relatively lively carbonation. Slightly sweet up front. Roasty and a bit bitter toward the end. Clove, ginger, coffee, bitter chocolate, and fig, light pine flavors. I enjoyed this.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, Batch number 2010-1, Best by date 01/13 from pepsican--thanks Andy! Clear deep brown with a big three finger tan head, retained for the duration. Roasted malts and Belgian yeast dominate with some chocolate and faint smoke and coffee. There is also some herbal hops and light spice. Flavor is really burnt (like, really really) and adds some tangy soy and raisin notes. Wow, did they accidentally dump in a shit ton of black patent in and forget to taste this before bottling? It was kind of hard to pick out the Belgian yeast in the flavor. Dry finish with burnt bitterness peaking at a 6 that lingers with some alcohol. Moderately high carbonation with a medium full body. Very disappointed--hopefully the Rye on Rye will make me happy again.
beerme1 (18) - , Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as dark as the bottle, nice dark tan head which laces all the way down. Smells fruity and bitter with almost a bourbon sour, tastes of dark chocolate, nice hop backing, rye bread, dark roasty malts, that fit right in with the body and mouthfeel. The finishing roast that complements each drink you take. Nice change from recent smokestacks. Recommend. Nice full flavor.
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Pours a deep brown almost black with a huge tan semi loose head and plenty of lace. The aroma is fruity but somewhat soapy with some spicy hops and some phenolics, this smells nothing like an imperial stout, which kind of intrigues me. The flavor is plenty bitter and fruity with some plum and earthiness, a mild roastyness, some banana and plenty of bitterness.
A very original take on the style, but not quite as successful (in my opinion) as the Boulevard Imperial Stout from the Smokestack reserve series.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG@RLRL-750ml bottle-pours a retaining light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/molasses. Taste is dark malt-roasty/molasses, some earthy hops. Full body.