bookerandy (11) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice chocolate aroma. Not too heavy on the palate. A decent offering that I would drink again, but have had some better choices.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a very dark brown color with an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is ashy, full of burnt toast, dark chocolate, light dried fruit, and a moderate roast. The flavor slightly better with more rich dark chocolate, some burnt caramels, burnt toast still, raisins, and a touch of coffee. The palate is more than medium, creamy, silky, and less than lively. The finish is rich and smooth with dark chocolate, raisins, and dark caramels. To call this one an imperial is ridiculous. But the flavor and mouthfeel actually made for a nice beer. Not bad but not great.
beerbastard (825) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Reg for the bottle. I really like this! Coffee nose with some chocolate. Great flavors of chocolates and toasty biscuits. Interesting balance of sweets and bitters, with the sweetness coming out on top.. Very nice palate, smooth and creamy.
Good finish. Going to look for more of this!
Ron (3278) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown-almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and milk. Flavor is clearly chocolate with some roasted malt, vanilla, and milk. A very enjoyable stout for the price.
reggiedunlop (3582) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a thick mocha head. Aroma is chocolate forward...a bit like a tootsie roll...faint anise. Flavor has some chocolate as well as a bit of dark fruit and smoke. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and the finish is roasty wigh hints of smoky dark fruit.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- cream, dark sugar, malts, big chocolate, caramel, whipped cream
Appearance- pitch black with a thin tan head, very creamy looking
Taste- super smooth, lots of cream, sugar, and milk chocolate
Palate- slick mouthfeel and medium body with a nearly perfect mouthfeel
Overall- A great cream stout, super drinkable and very flavorful. Very nice.
mustardman (4) - st charles, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly pitch black with very little head. Aroma of dark chocolate and molassis. Taste of raisin and coffee finishing with dark chocolate/molassis.
Strykzone (6047) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. A black beer that has a dark tan head that is rich and thick. Nice lacing. Chocolate in the nose with roasted notes. Big chewey chocolate is tasted. Hops are tasted underneath and they are citrus and floral. There is also some grass and berries. Alcohol is barely tasted but there is warming. The berries and chocolate were highlighted in the finish.
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle purchased at Sunflower Market, Tempe, AZ. Pour is black and thick. Moderate tan head, that diminishes without swirling. Little carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, with sweet cream increasing as ale nears ambient temperature. Flavor is wonderful chocolate and just enough sweet cream. Finish is dark bitter chocolate, with some coffee notes. Very nice ale.
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is nearly opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly malty (chocolate), with a light note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
It’s a pretty amazing feat to make a beer this dark with so little aroma. Honestly, there is almost nothing whatsoever in the nose. Stouts are usually pretty bold with chocolate and roast and vanilla, just kinda for "free" it would seem, but man alive...I had to reach just to get the chocolate. I mean, hey, it doesn’t smell *bad*, but I sure would like it to smell like *something*. Quite sweet in the mouth with very little to balance, but not undrinkable. Nice mouthfeel though.