Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy dark brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big coffee notes. Almost peppery. Roasted malts and chocolate as well. The taste is rich roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, cocoa and faint fruit notes. Medium-full bodied, average carbonation. Nice beer.
emacgee (4010) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black pour with one finger of creamy dark tan head. Nose is a tad fruity/estery, light hop character, some burnt sugar and molasses. Very subtle smoke character. Hints of chocolate. Very slight off character that I can’t describe, smells like a yeast health thing. Flavor is interesting, notes of coffee and cherry skins with a hint of licorice. Bitter bakers chocolate and spent coffee grounds. Rich molasses. Slight off character at the end. Very burnt/acrid palate. Lots of bitterness on the back of the tongue and finish. Some alcohol.
TURDFERGUSON (3951) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the brewery. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Fairly non-existent nose, some light roast, booze, coffee. Flavor is fairly light and muted, some licorice, roasted malt, grainy.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery, Durham. Underwhelming pour, kind of cola-like and lacking the heft (and filmy head) I usually appreciate in the style. But that aside, I enjoyed this RIS in some ways. The nose was heavily chocolatey but not in a by-the-numbers way necessarily. Smooth mouthfeel, and a flavor that’s quite fruity and not over-roasted. Pretty good.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. I’m a big fan of this brewery, and I do love imperial stouts, but I think this is a rare misstep for BCBB. Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is slightly roasty malts, a fair amount of chocolate, and some caramel and odd plastic notes. Something is off with this beer, and it tasted like average homebrew to me. Bummer.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Jet black with a huge, dense chocolate-milk-colored head. Excellent creamy feel welcomes a complex array of flavors, some cocoa powder, French roast, and leather. Sharp bitterness lingers in the mouth, along with tons of alcohol. A little too hot, but this was a very fresh Imperial stout, so that’s not unexpected. Great beer.