Jamesthebrit (292) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pretty boozy off the bat. Good chocolate, coffee... yeah very boozy.
A: Black and night. Super thick. Head is has poor retention.
T: Thank goodness the coffee and chocolate notes are way more present in the taste than the boozy smell. Drinks thick like melted ice cream. A lot of play between flavors.
P: A little acidic bit to it like with a Russian imperial.... good flavors and thick but the acidity is pretty intense and draws away from the other notes.
Overall a pretty solid beer but this comes on the tails of Founders Imperial so it had a lot to live up to. This beer has solid coffee and chocolate notes but the acidity is a bit out of control as is the booze. A nice beer but needs a couple tweeks.
zapabeer (16) - BRAZIL - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too much of toasted and alcohol for me. I know it is an imperial stout, but I’ve have others and don’t feel this way.
wilnatp (622) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Sour taste. Good chocolate notes but a hint of sour apple. Not a 100 point beer in my mind.
PhilJackson80 (378) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 12/14/14. Bottle from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. Pours to a deep black color with a thin dark tan head. The aroma has roasted grains, light chocolate & licorice. The taste had very little chocolate for me & had more dark fruits & licorice. Overall good & was definitely better as it warmed up more.
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Barnoloid (260) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An outstanding RIS. Cracked open a bottle from 2012, was hot back upon release but has mellowed into an exceptional blend of chocolate and roasted notes. A little smoke caps this off. Comes together wonderfully, and lives up to the fantastic, jet black appearance from the bottle pour. Mouthfeel is suitably decadent - this is a high quality confection in a glass.
Hugi (413) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, opaque, medium brown head. Smells roasty, like bitter chocolate, malt, coffee, licorice. Heavy-makty taste, red berries, chocolate, coffee. Oily texture and velvety finish.
BiiruBierBeer (246) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is faint malty sweetness with a bit of coffee. Taste is a mildly roasty stout with some dark chocolate taste at the end. Medium body with medium carbonation.
markoijelena (693) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.355l at Brooklyn stand Horeca Expo Ghent Belgium 2014.Pour it dark color with small white head.On the nose chocolate.Taste and aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, machiato aroma.Full rich flavour, great balanced and very nice stout.I liked it very much.
weordie (100) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma of liquid smoke, licorice and malt. Taste is smokey, chocolaty and very thick. Delicious.
mbgrayson (558) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet brown, with tan head. Aroma is heavenly, rich with chocolate and malt. Taste is great, with notes of chocolate and decadently complex nuances of all the things that make a great imperial stout. Thumbs way up! Don’t miss this one.
gkeh (243) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour, tan head that dissipates quickly. Not a lasting head, no lacing or alcohol legs. Aroma is dark berries, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol. Taste follows suit, with a nice dry finish. Good imp stout.