keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured deep black with a thin medium brown lacing of head. Aroma was soft chocolate with a hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel was fairly prickly in carbonation, but this isn’t a complaint seeing as how some find most imp stouts to be too "flat". There was a silkiness in the sip that made me think of many oatmeal stouts. It was silky smooth, but not creamy, if that makes sense. The flavor was roasted cocoa and dark fruits, with a hint of Irish Car Bomb flavor (sweet coffee cream like in Bailey’s, a woodsy bite reminiscent of a nice whiskey). Not nearly as intense as a Bell’s Expedition, but definitely an imperial stout that I’d recommend to anyone.
bigda83 (215) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is some coffee, licorice, dark fruits, and dark chocolate. Taste is coffee, mild chocolate, and sweet and roasted malts. Not bad.
KyotoLefty (6465) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Proletariat. Nose of cocoa, oysters. Black with a high, fine head. Flavor is cocoa, umami, soy, oysters, dry but rich. Smooth and light.
Theydon_Bois (8727) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14 as Satin Solstice from an IP trade.
Opaque dark mahogany brown with moderate tan edgeing.
Nose is cocoa nibs, bourbon barrel notes, dark toffee.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, spice, earthy roast, chocoalte.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly roasted vibes.
Ok a bit past its former glory perhaps.
orangesol (859) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a globe.
A - Pours deep, dark, brown; bordering on black; with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of rich coffee, sweet chocolate, dark roasted caramel malt, light smoke, and some dark fruit. A very faint hoppyness creeps in as it warms but it is gone before you know it.
T - Starts off with a nice chocolaty sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted caramel malt, coffee grounds, and some dark fruits. A bit of smoke and a very dull hop bite come through as it warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a good amount of lingering roast.
O - I enjoyed this one. It had just enough going on to keep me interested in it. Glad I got to try it.
Prufrockstar (965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Solid, pleasant, middle of the road imperial stout. More chocolate and sweet than coffee and bitter. Creamy, full body, nice.
jb (2197) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry coffee and licorice in the nose. A bit of bubbly retention, not much head. Dark, a bit clear, not much off color. Very rich gritty palate, chocolate and coffee, and roasted malt. Not super complex but tasty. Bought at American Burger Bar and Beer Bistro. W00t!
Ericular (613) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with beige head fading to a ring with not much lacing. Aroma is medium roasted honey sweetness with licorice and only slight coffee. Taste is sweet mild roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffee, mild earthy hops in the end. Not bad, not great. Maybe better in winter?
BeerViking (2478) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as Satin Solstice, deep brown, thin head, leather and tobacco nose, dry-sweet with cocoa, gravy and old leather notes, dry finish with old wet barrel notes.
jahshuwuh (387) - USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown with a khaki head that lingers on the surface. Smells of slightly vegetal hops, licorice, chocolate, coffee. Taste is chocolate sweetness with warming alcohol, coffee, tobacco, toffee, caramel malt, low earthy hop bitterness. Malty creamy but slick mouthfeel, alcohol apparent. Nice sweet warming stout.
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teemoney (65) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours dark dark brown, with thin tan head. Smell has carmel and dark malts, with a little bit of coffee undertone. Taste has some sweet-ish dark malts, with the slightest coffee undertones and slightly bitter finish, with no apparent booze burn at all. Nice, smooth feel. Pretty good beer from a pretty solid brewery. Kind of lower abv than I’m accostomed to in an imperial stout, but doesn’t take away from the experience at all.