hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours pitch-black with a small creamy, off-white head. The aroma is a bind melange of brownie brittle, sorghum molasses, toasted oak, vanilla and chocolate creme with big-time roastiness. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Roasty, carbonic, charred flavor with a lingering, moderately bitter finish. Rock solid imperial stout.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottles purchased from the brewery 12/28/14 and consumed shortly thereafter.
Dark ebony with a light tan head that shows moderate retention. Did not determine the clarity, though there was little/no sediment remaining in the bottom of the bottle, so I’m guessing this is filtered or lightly so.
Shockingly tame in the nose, or at least "tame" relative to what I was expecting seeing the 12% abv. Fudgey malts are dried out by coffee and bitter cocoa notes while creamy vanilla sugars and juicy, wintergreen and pine-like hops add complexity while retaining balance. No sign of the alcohol....very strange. Aroma strength is medium-high and smells more like one of the lighter English varieties (though the American hops are dissimilar to those).
Flavor begins with some challenging roasted barley bitterness that is quickly swallowed up by big chocolate and fudge sweetness from the malt. It tapers off nicely towards the finish leaving light vanilla, mild hop bitterness (pine, orange, grapefruit) and dusty dark chocolate notes in its wake. Body is medium for the style, perhaps even medium-light. It’s not watery or thin by any means, it’s just not your thick, chewy, motor oil Imperial. VERY hard to believe this is 12% abv and I’m guessing that’s a very ambitious listing by the brewer. Blindly I’d put this stuff in the 8-9% abv category and while that may be a complement to the beer’s fermentation and cellaring, if it is indeed in the 10%+ abv range, I’d still highly doubt it. Nonetheless, whatever the abv, it’s a very well-done, balanced and flavorful stout. Don’t know how long this has been brewed, but would really like to try some older vintages.
HeadyDE (552) - Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pour dated 11112014..pours a dark black with a decent sized mocha tan head...nose is a combination of soy/molasses/roasted malts..mouthfeel is interesting with initial sweet creaminess followed by roasted nut/booze soaked marshmallow and finishes with a lingering strangeness that is mostly dominated by soy sauce and some excess sweetness,not sure if this hit brandy barrels but there does seem to be some time in some type of barrel that adds to the depth here, overall not bad, interesting imperial stout to say the least.
Minderbinder (2349) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with medium beige head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, bitterness, alcohol, nice chocolate/coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Very nice.
demannu (126) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy malts. Bittersweet, roasty, and smokey. Boozes shows in flavor more than i typically like. Study yet active carbonation. Our after taste. Not one i enjoy. If the booze was more subdued, it might have been a different review.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks David Cohen. Black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, roast, a bit of licorice and some booziness. Bittersweet roasty flavor, kinda boozy, with coffee, roastiness, some dark chocolate and a bit of licorice. Medium to full-bodied. A bit too boozy.
tomer (2060) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks, thanks, medium bubbly beige head, stab le and a little stiff, coffee aroma with chocolate cake and a rubbery hint, dark chocolate flavor with some carob and quite boozy. Drinkable but alcohol is overwhelming.
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big good flavour, well roasted, a tad smokey. A big beer, drinkable, yet alcohol well hidden. Black bodied with 3/8" inch brown foam retained, above average mouthfeel.
anthony850 (331) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth imperial stout. High alc. A little bitter. Not bad.
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BrewBoxer (2366) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at keg no 229. Deep black color with no head. Taste is sweet and extremely malty with an interesting aftertaste. Doesn't come off as an imperial stout