halfonit (1321) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Available only at Chancellor Wine and Spirits in Fall River. This one pours black with very little, if any, head. Aroma is of malts, fruits, and some floral. Flavors include: malts, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, cranberry, and some booziness. Leaves a dark fruit malt finish. It is very smooth for 18.5% A good sipper brew.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown pour with a semi dense tan head. Aroma has a lot going on, with notes of coffee, vanilla and a nice spiciness from the booze. LOTS going on with this flavor; a nice herbal/dark fruit flavor with some definite alcohol spiciness. slight oakiness to it as well. sweet toffee finish as well as my mouth remains tingling from the ABV. cant wait to have another in a year or so
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stone 14th Anniversary - When I first put my nose into this, I felt a little overloaded. All the typical imperial stout aromas and tastes, but throw in oak, hints of jasmine and a touch of alcohol. As the beer warmed, the oak and the serious ABV started to come out, but this beer never tasted like the 18.2% it is. Two bottles of this would be trouble. Full-bodied and somewhat creamy. Very nice beer.
gunnar (7754) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger.Pours dark brown with a small fast disappearing tanned head. Aroma is sweet alcoholic with some sugars. Ends quite bitter with a sweet tail.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Thanks, Mike. Pours a nearly black brown. Very sweet boozy nose with vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, roastiness. Super sticky sweet and rich stuff. All the cloying sugars do effectively hide the alcohol. Notes of roast and dried fruits, vanilla, but mostly just a sweet toffee overload.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Thanks mike. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black. Bright caramel edges. Big boozy vodka nose. Coffee, chocolate, roast,soy, and prune on the nose. Sticky thick body. Vodka, soy, prune, roast, and chocolate mid palate. Long stixky prune chocolate finish.
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Birch & Barley/Churchkey. Big nose on this one. Alcohol vapor, chocolate, licorice, fusel and esters. Candied fruit. Not much for hops. Rich, ethereal, complex. Dark black with thin lacing head. Medium-heavy body, not quite chewy, with big warming and medium-light carbonation. Big sweet malty start with alcohol warming, burning vapors, vanilla, light oak, chocolate and licorice. Complex malty character with sweet finish. Sweet after just short of cloying. Rich big stout and very enjoyable.
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma has alcohol, raisin and some hidden hops. But a lot of alcohol, it smells like glue. The appearance is deep red with a small brown head. Licorice and caramel. Rather sweet and heavy. Makes you think of a really good desert wine (as Tokay). A rather nice sipper, but the glue aroma put me off though.
canicule (90) - IRELAND - AUG 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with white diminishing head. Aroma of oak, then burnt malts, then alcohol. Tastes sweet, with loads of malty flavour. Sweet, dried fruit flavours over-ride the hop bitterness, then the alcohol burn takes over at the finish. Very moreish. Lovely digestif.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a light black with a quarter inch tan head. It settles down to a murky dark brown / light black with no head. Light red highlights. Big alcohol nose with some licorice and light spice. Medium body with light chocolate, light tart cranberries, more alcohol heat, dark fruits and some sweet grape notes. Big roasted malt presence masked by the alcohol. Wonderful layered finish with raisin, fig, chocolate, light spice and more cranberry. A unique beer that strays from your typical imperial stout, but offers a very enjoyable mix of flavors.