TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice example of a Imperial Stout. Very drinkable even with a 12% ABV. A distinct flavor doesn’t stand out and that’s not bad thing. By that I mean there is not a chocolate, coffee or a roasted flavor that is singularly dominating. It just means it is a beer that is well rounded and crafted very well. Really balanced for an Imperial Stout.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of mikeq215. Pours a blackish color with a small tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with brown sugar, roasted walnuts, and blackened grains. The taste is wonderfully complex with lots of roasty goodness, lots of roasted nuts and grains with an undercurrent of fresh dark pitted fruits and dark baking chocolate. The bitterness is a bit over-the-top with a spicy-earthy black walnut bite. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Top shelf stuff fer sure.
Ron (2725) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black like coffee with a coffee beige head and good lace. Aroma is chocolate, hazelnut, coffee and roast. Flavor follows nose, caramel malts, dark chocolate, a bit of nuttiness, just a touch of smoke in the finish. The alcohol is hidden well in the thick delicious maltiness.
EithCubes (5103) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Nose dark with soy sauce an deep burnt syrup, some roast with light grainy-caramel, malty. Inky deep dark brown, black if there’s enough of it, with a dense dark brown head; colorwise, essentially espresso crema on espresso. Taste sweet but not quite cloying, roasty medium bitterness with some great cracked coffee beans and strong char; syrupy and a little sugary with gentle slow chest warming, slight alcohol in mouth but no fumes. Bit of a yeast slurry carryover, though significantly plummy with light berry. A little soy, very sticky lips all the way around, great lacing. Full body, brightly hoppy without being garish. Somewhat rougher and more disjointed than the best imperial stouts, but its bold flavors are very likable and it handles more like a 9% beer.
Really much better suited for sipping; after about five ounces my teeth are coated in sugar, and there’s something about the chocolate malt that ramps up in a hurry and cloys. Actually gets tiresome!
c1raider (13) - New York, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, full bodied, hot, malty, Carmel, vanilla, light carbonation. Would re-buy, would benefit from aging
njnut (289) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma and taste is heavy roasted malts, burnt toast, dark chocolate. Thick mouthfeel, love it.
adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a thick oily pitch black color with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of rich roasted dark malts, chocolate, barley, oats and light smoke. Taste of dark roasted malts, chocolate, smoke and oats.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black with a thick tan head. Big roasted aroma with lots of coffee and burnt malts. Coffee and roasted malts in the flavor with a big and rich smokey finish. Thick and really filling.
mansquito (3676) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a whitish head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, booze. Taste is rather sweet. Body is thick and syrupy. Alcohol is very noticeable. I wouldn’t say that this was bad, but I would say that it was a bit too much for me. This one does not go down easy.
bp (815) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a thick tan head, aroma of coffee and malt, taste is coffee and fairly bitter, medium bodied.
Veeks (62) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep taste - had at hoptron in patchogue - dark fruit and solid malt with nice hopp subtle touches