alassio (84) - USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was surprised to see an íImperial Stoutí in this price range, so picked it up. It makes sense now. I guess Iíve been spoiled by malt monsters, hop hammers, and alco-whores, but this one is thinner on the palate, dryer in the malt, and tamer in the hops. Itís not all that well-integrated either. But I suppose you notice things like that when youíre not slapped in the face by the flavor, mobbed on the palate by the texture, nor gob-smacked by a sumptuous finish. Just not my style, I guess. The other 5 bottles in the pack might be sitting in the fridge for a while, as other things clamor for attention.
commonmac (818) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Acadia with blondredhead. Pint glass. Deep cola brown. Tannish head. Aroma is rich and has a heavy coffee lean to it. Some chocolate notes too. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with nearly a light chocolate milk feeling. Taste has warm chocolate undertones with a ever present coffee characteristic. Little bit of a peat element bringing to mind bourbon. Really enjoyable warmth to this beer with a roasted malt nuttiness that Iím loving. This one surprised me. Very, very good.
Carlisle (318) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Color is black with some ruby. Oatmeal raisin cookie aroma with some cinnamon notes. Coffee and chocolate flavors. Some alcohol in the finish.
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tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
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Ron (3269) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice aroma of toffee, vanilla, molasses, and some coffee. Pitch black with a thin dark tan head. Very sweet complex flavor up front followed by bitter chocolate. A slightly bitter finish with a hint of alcohol.
tgncc (3046) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is roasted malts, coffee. The appearance is brown/black, thin tan head.. The flavor is coffee up front, roasty, light chocolate, dark fruits, nicer than the aroma implies. The finish is smooth coffee, almost no bitterness, just a tad of roastiness. Medium/thick to thick in body. No bad at all, if not a standout in its field.
katrinaez (936) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent aroma. Thick mouth and slight velvet. Rich of cocoa and coffee. A little tarnish and bitter and sits easy. Bottle
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, tan head, about a centimetre tall. Aroma of roasted malt, light cherries and fruit, some oatmeal and a hint of grain and bourbon. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a thinnish quality, especially for the style. Shows a lot of fruit up front with a touch of chocolate and coffee, but more cherry and apple/pear flavours than Iíd expect with a milky, lactose finish. Aftertaste shows light hints of tobacco and earth with a raisin and light pit fruit sweetness, but the malts are light and disappointing and only a hint of complexity comes through. Overall, a decent beer at best that doesnít show much of the good qualities of an imperial stout and only some of the decent qualities of a sweet or foreign stout. Not worth searching for and definitely not worth aging for any significant period of time. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Good Beer in New York, New York on 19-July-2014 for US$2,39 sampled at home in Washington on 18-September-2015 about fourteen months after purchase.
thegreenrooster (3720) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a near black with a small tan head. Aroma is a roasted near a char malt with a little bakers chocolate. Flavor is almost and intense burnt malt with a fresh earthiness to it. Finish is bitter and earthy. If you like you porters with a almost burnt aspect this is for you. Itís worth a sample to check out what they did with the malts here.
hopwine (661) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is baking cocoa, earth. Flavor is same plus caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, ash/smoke, flashes of bitterness. Silty/chalky mouthfeel.
GuenSmith (28) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle with approx 1in of thick caramel head. Notes of coffee, chocolate, oats, and toast. Poured dark brown, chocolate to coffee color with good carbonation. This beer tasted like it smelled with chocolate and coffee notes leading to a toasty oaked finish, a very pleasing beer.