Darwenus (725) - Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly opaque with nominal head and lace, the aroma is malt and coffee and chicory, maybe some chocolate. More of that in the flavor, and the smokey malt quality was enjoyable, but the label boasted of other flavors I’d notice that I just didn’t pick up on (Creme brulee? Really? OK, sure, whatever.) This was a really tasty stout, but there are a ton of really tasty stouts out there. That can be both a good and a bad thing.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Enjoy by 4/27/13.
Appearance: Near black with very thick tan head that leaves lot of bubbly lacing.
Aroma: Musty, dank and fruity with plum, molasses, spicy hops, chocolate and a touch of banana. Not too much roasted character in the aroma.
Taste: Not as Belgian as the aroma, although there is still a decent amount of plum. Fairly strong roasted characteristics of bittersweet chocolate and chocolate. Nice spicy hops on the finish, along with a long roasted bitterness.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, medium to full body, very dry finish. Feels more effervescent than smooth and creamy (although it is that as well), belaying the Belgian yeast.
Overall: I am really a fan of Belgian Imperial Stouts (need that added as a style), and I seem to enjoy them more than most since I always have big positive rDevs on these. Loads of flavor, but not quite as heavy as a standard RIS.
MattH (714) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. $2.99 Redondo Beach Total Wine. Aroma of dark roasted malts and spicy hops. Flavor is dark over ripe plum, espresso, and rye. Flavor is on the sweeter side. Medium body and carbonation.
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour at Martin’s West in Redwood City, CA. A thick brooding beast who invites you in for coffee and donuts at 3 am.
swanmann (704) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured like a frothy; creamy espresso, deep chocolate brown with plenty of tan foam, eventually settling with orange hues. I smell caramel with some candied sugar and faint floral hoppyness. Some coffee aromas come out with warming and even a bit of bourbon. It’s sweet with touch of smoke and nice espresso/ chocolate bitterness. I describe this as a straight forward Imperial Stout. It’s got just a bit of alcohol, with the usual suspects holding a Player’s Ball on the tongue. The finish lingers. CAUTION: High Gravity. Hehe. :P
Bricktop86 (691) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2012 Pours dark brown with a lot of mocha head. First imperial stout I have seen with more than a fingers worth of head. Smells of alcohol, roasted malts and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel and toffee with a hint of alcohol burn.
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i am so glad this is always available in 4 packs. chocolate, chocolate, coffee, roasty, caramel, caramel, vanilla, black, cloudy, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, lively, fantastic beer.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown black with large foamy khaki suds. The aroma is strange, kind of musty cleaner closet and old paint bucket / dark roasted chocolaty grain with some sweetness. The taste is much better with all the right things coming out strong. The complex grain keeps you guessing whether you just got some wheat or oats along with the heavy barley presence, I?d guess oat is second on the list. There is a nice sweet fruity nature, some dark raisin, light fig, and cindery green apple, but the appearance of it is quickly stomped out by the bittersweet chocolate roasted malt. The carbonation is smooth and light on the palate making out very easy to drink. The finish is somewhat bitingly dry and the grain lingers with some of the light sweetness but as a lover of hoppy beers I enjoy the depth even without much hop aroma or flavor. The more I drink and as it warms I fall more in love. For a modest effort (and price) and a year around imperial stout this is mighty fine.
jgentgesdo (685) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours inky opaque dark brown with a medium brown head that has good lacing. Nose is a little soapy, plum, date, pepper. Flavor starts with dates, finishes with a spicy, smoky, peppery note. It is interesting because the nose promises clean and crisp but the flavor is much stronger, earthier, and long lasting than expected. Full body. Oily texture. Charcoal smoke remains for a long time. I like it.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours is a deep black (obviously) with a thick, light brown head. Aroma is fairly complex with espresso and dark roast coffee, followed by caramelized sugar, overripe figs, some spicy hops and a lingering hint of fruity esters from the incorporation of Belgian yeast. The flavor is a competition between the roasted espresso and the fruity esters of plums/figs with hints of herbal hops and caramelized sugar. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy, with more carbonation than most stouts. Overall a unique take on the IS.