KajII (767) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a rich deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that lasted just a little while but left behind just enough residue to create some excellent lacing that sheeted the glass.
The aroma was of a burnt dark bread malt, a very mild herbal hop and a chewy bitter leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and a mild scent of alcohol.
The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a nice chocolate note and a touch of molasses early on the progressed to a slightly bitter yet still sweet flavor with a nice strong coffee note and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor laid on the taste buds for a good long time letting the sweet warming coffee taste to be fully enjoyed.
Mouthfeel was full and bold in body with the texture being creamy yet a little dry and having a soft carbonation.
Overall an exceptionally balanced brew with the high alcohol content blending so well with all of the flavors, that it is barely noticeable other than a warming sensation at the end.
ajnepple (1666) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased at John’s Grocery and poured into a snifter at home. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, licorice, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops. Similar flavor, strong, dark and rich, medium sweetness, mild bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation, kind of dry with a light bitter finish.
ReeceG (35) - Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
first offering from central waters, this is a solid brew it doesnt have the thick rich body stouts normally do but it still has a roasty/ slightly chocolate taste in many stouts. it is quite insanely drinkable and would not be too hard to take down a 6 pack despite its 7.5%abv
boozedude (1615) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared with Jeremy, pitch black pour with thin kacki head, aroma is light coffe, taste is coffe, some chocolate, I like it! YAY!!!!!
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Not bad as a beer in general, but not a good imperial stout at all. Weak for even a standard stout, much less imperial. Generic weak roasted aroma and flavor, with little to distinguish it from any other stout. No discernible bitterness or hops, no specific malty notes, just nothing. Generic and not worth purchasing.
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Chicago Beer Festival 2014. Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma of faint cocoa and roasted malts. Flavor is similar - coffee roast, light chocolate, peat. Finish and mouth-feel are thin and creamy.
uckelman (194) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours chocolate brown, opaque. Not much head. Aroma is hickory wood, coffee, chocolate. Texture is a bit oily, dry finish. Maybe a bit more carbonation than a stout should have. Medium bitter.
sarauckelman (131) - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown, almost black. Little head. Strong aroma of molasses with hints of coffee. Taste is bitter coffee and smoke. Palate is bit oily and astringent, and it’s a bit overcarbonated.
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slick black pour with a 1 finger, creamy to soapy tan head, that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma of big grainy roast, nutty notes, toast, caramel, a little toffee and hints of chocolate and light roast coffee. Flavor is again, big on grain roast up front, toasted oats, then some roasted nuts, a little campfire char, smoky dark chocolate, earthy grain, nice light roast coffee notes and a light minerality that crisps it up for the finish. Medium body, creamy, slightly goopy (oats, maybe?) entry, leading to a cream, slightly chalky middle, light to medium carbonation and off dry, sort of floury, chalky finish. Really tasty stuff overall, I really like the nice, grainy flavors, leading into the expanded roasty notes. Quite a nice depth for a 7.5% Impy Stout
GuamVice (63) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours deep black with medium tan head. Coffee vanilla dark chocolate aromas. Very creamy/smooth mouthfeel with lots of dark milky espresso flavors and not too strong of bitterness. A little lighter bodies than u expected from the looks. Almost no burn. This one is dangerously easy drinking. Great balance of flavor and truly represents an imperial stout NOT on steroids.
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sawbuck (246) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma of toffee, vanilla, molasses, and some coffee. Ebony in color with a thin dark tan head. Sweet complex flavor up front. Very sweet up front, Followed by bitter chocolate, and a stinging bitter finish with a hint of alcohol.