bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft union station. strong coffee nose. dark black with brown head. delicious stout. alcohol was very well hidden.
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Baltimore Harbor. The waitress gave me a sample of this, and it was very black in color with tan head. I noted a huge coffee aroma, like a freshly brewed pot, plus a lot of dark malt and some chocolate. The palate was hefty, and the coffee flavor was incredible, almost too strong at first, but then balancing out with the malt and chocolate notes to provide a very nice and unique beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
WBF-Raleigh. Dark black body with a small brown head. Strong coffee aroma. Strong sweet coffee flavor.
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Dark brown body with a light tan or brown head, the body has a bit of light at the edges of the glass. Nose is pure espresso and chocolate, even a little light cream as well. Flavorwise itís no different, just a big dose of chocolaty coffee, moderate to strong texture, and again a little bit of cream. Overall itís light on the char and smoke and heavy on the java, but really it doesnít have too many flaws. Good stuff.
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This starts off good with a big fresh coffee nose. Deep opaque brown color. Big chewy nutty malt, pine-y, some licorice. Espresso finish. Dry texture and thinish body. Wild balance and out of control. Not so good after all and leaves you dissappointed.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at Maxís in Baltimore -
this one tasted almost more like coffee than beer....but i dont care. this beer tasted exactly how i like my coffee to taste, roasty and potent, with a sweetness to balance out the bitterness. i wish i could have this beer everyday. its honestly a better coffee than starbucks has ever made, but still felt like an imperial stout. so delicious.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught chalice at the Downtown location on 1/20/07
A lighter-than-usual appearance for an Imperial stout, with the light mahogany body giving way to large amounts of crimson and lighter tan-auburn hues. Moderate carbonation in the liquid, and though its still quite a dark beer, a medium clarity still reveals very good conditioning and borderline transparent/transluscency. Small, foamy, dark beige head shows moderate retention, leaving behind little specks of lace.
Highly aromatic coffee immediately fills the nose. Not aggressively bitter/black but still has a slight edge to it that matches the character of an imperial stout quite nicely. I believe they used Sumatran coffee. Despite the slight burnt edge, light caramel-chocolate notes from the malt are fully supportive behind it. Very soft, and they nearly take all of the edge off, allowing just a slightly sweet, chocolate-latte-like aroma, with a smooth chalkiness, to really wrap about the senses. The Imperial stout character is very reserved, and you get no heavy roastiness, and almost no fruitiness. But the coffee works well in place of roasted or black malt, giving it a more dry aroma, but yet not harsh or "heavy". Vanilla and marshmallow definitely sit on the finish, with a bit of alcohol warmth that seems well-placed. Definitely more of a Strong coffee stout, than an Imperial stout with coffee, but whatever, who cares. Reminds me of Peche Mortel without any of the coffee grind or beany aroma that has been seen in some batches.
Surprisingly light in body and in overall texture. The liquid seems very smooth, almost fluffy and goes down extremely easily. Coffee gives way to lightly sweet chocolate notes, some bitterness and then transitions in to a very chewy, fudge and raisin/prune-like finish, alive with coffee, but not nearly as dominated by it as the aroma would lead me to expect. The chewiness only hangs on briefly, and then some alcohol dryness thins it back out and the final impression is a bit thin overall with not quite enough masking of the alcohol. Very soft, moderately engaging carbonation seems perfectly appropriate. Any less and it would be undercarbonated and probably too coffee-dominated. Any more and the body/texture would be too light, if it isnít already. Not a traditional imperial stout, for sure; lots of chocolate, fudge, marshmallow and vanilla, and certainly coffee, but no thick caramel or roasted malts. Mild on the bitterness and only a light pinch of hop greenness. Iíd imagine the lack of roast is intentional, to allow the coffee to shine, which it does. I see some other raters complain of its lightness, and thereís no denying itís one of the lighter imperials Iíve come across. But itís hardly much of a problem. Itís still full of flavor, flawless and drinkable. Coffee didnt seem stale at all.
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Itís cold coffee. Dark, fizzy, and strong. I was told by the bartend at the Capitol Hill location that I could have up to four, then I had to move on to another bar. I wasnít too enthralled with this due to the overwhelming coffee flavor. i was hoping for more in the realm of some chocolate or other flavors, but overall itís just coffee. Very thin on the tongue as well. i would have wanted something a bit thicker an creamier given this was supposed to be a imperial stout. Iím pretty unhappy with this purchase and think they could have done better balancing the flavor out into something less like a Starbucks with alcohol. (on Tap 1/24/2007)
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Shirlington. By goodness, itís like coffee. The smell, the taste, itís great. Alcohol was masked and didnít know it was that high until I was told later on.
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Draft at the Capitol City Brewing Company in D.C. (11/28/06). A Russian Stout that pours black with a little head. Smells and tastes of coffee. Very big hint of chocolate mixed with coffee. Has a 10% ABV and you would never know it!