Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hall’s Grocery. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pepper, floral, a little cocoa, and toffee. Taste is vanilla, very spicy, hints of coffee, a little chocolate, and licorice. Finish is awkward. For an 18.2% beer, the alcohol is ridiculously masked. This was a disappointment (especially considering the $15 price for 12oz), but that alcohol was hidden about as well as it could be.
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Glad we got this before it was pulled off the shelves. Pours a dark murky brown color. Aroma is very big in alcohol and slight nail polish. Peppery and sweet at the same time on the nose. Dark fruit with wood. Wow super sweet flavor with a punch of ABV on the tongue. Was not expecting the sweet flavor. Must be the jasmine that provides the sweetness. Finish is sweet and lingering but not too astringent. Has some tart characteristics on the end also. Still, very well done.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks madmitch76!!! - Pours thin and dk brown with a large tan head that lingers...aroma is sweet, chocolate liqueur, dark fruity malt and vanilla...flavour is sweet as well, roasty brown sugar,burnt wood and grain...prickly heat that heads right to the back of your mouth and stays there long after you’ve swallowed this dark brew, lingering carob and dark malty sweetness and sticky...while it has plenty of heat, I found it to be pretty well integrated, and technically superior to some of the other Imp Stouts out there reaching for 20%...pretty solid in the right circumstance...Thanks Ken!
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours surprisingly not murky black, but a deep brown - a little light still escapes through it in the glass. The head is medium-tan and fine. Nose is booze, cranberries, some hops. On the first sip - wow, this is imperial sweet, not imperial stout. The second sip brings the same reaction. The cranberries come through at the middle and end of the flavor, and there’s definitely a lot of booze in this one, no doubt about that. It doesn’t quite seem like there’s enough going on with this stout to warrant it having this high of an ABV, though. I think this beer would be much better at half the alcohol content. Cranberries and jasmine are a neat idea, but everything in this beer is overwhelmed by booze.
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours black with a small tan head and no lacing. Aroma is whiskey, nothing but alcohol. Flavor is lots of alcohol but it is hidden surprisingly well with vanilla, sugar sweetness, some caramel/chocolate/resin notes. Surprisingly complex beer but the alcohol really kills a lot of the complexity.
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cheers to askdrtodd for cracking this one open.
Pours dark brown, light off-white head.
aroma and flavors of light berry, caramel malts, chocolate, some lingering berries and spices with a mild herbal finish. The abv is present and after a while becomes a little too dominant. Enjoyable but definitely something worth sharing.
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a bubbly light tan head. Intense aroma of dark ripe fruit, cocoa, sweet roasted malt and light tobacco. The flavour is heavy sweet roasty with lots of alcohol, sweet tobacco, ripe fruit, chocolate and light spices. It almost burns in your throat. Great decision to finish this bottle all by myself a Tuesday evening.....The finish is sweet alcoholic with dark fruity notes. Very complexs but cloying.
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Tnx Bullit. The aroma has coffee, roast, alcohol, some chocolate. Black coloured, thin head. The taste is sweet, bitter, has ash, coffee, roast, chocolate, liquorice and a heavy alcohol burn. Too much.
Sammy (8628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Black with reddish hues, a bit of lace, a thin head. Floral and roast aroma, a contradiction. A mild amount of carbonation. Initially, a good chocolate hits the tongue. Serveral sips later, very boozy, more vodka-ish. Below average mouthfeel.
beerguy101 (5284) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 2/8/2010. This imperial Stout pours a dark brown color from the bottle. Small sized beige foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and coffee. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are caramel, chocolate and sweet. The hops are herbal. Alcohol is evident, but does not detract from the flavor, but doesn’t add much either. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet with is offset by some alcohol hotness.