KajII (783) - 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.
RobertDale (3583) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt, and alcohol. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon barrel. Worth the money.
DuffMan (6903) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared around the table at Revolution Brewpub. Dark brown with amber highlights. Chocolate, ashy roast, thinnish body, bitter finish. We’ve had a lot of great beers tonight, and this didn’t really stand up. Simplistic and thin for an impy stout.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i’m goin a little against the grain here - i was prepared for a light sissy version of an irs, though all the CW darkees i’ve had so far have been great. i was surprised that the beer looked brown as it poured (but closer to black in the glass) and the feel was a little thin for the style, but just a little. the flavor and aroma were huge, and fitting of an irs. lots going on...licorice, bitter coffee, malted milk chocolate, heavily roasted malts and dark fruit. warming despite the lower abv for the style. not elite like some of their others, but quite good. thanks yet again John. underrated on this site."
mansquito (3462) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, soy sauce, hints of anise, and some roasted malts. The beer is not too heavy or too extreme, and it is not likely an imperial stout either, seeing as the alcohol is a mere 7.5%. That said, it is a nice bittersweet beer with a pleasant body and excellent balance.
jmohno (1106) - Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt brown with a reddish tint. ONe finger off white/kaki head. Light lace. Sweet aromas of chocolate, sweet breadyness,dark fruit, molasses,vanilla, cookie, some herbal/earthy.
Smooth, chocolate, med roast, more roast in end, herbal/ pine bitter, dark chocolate, pine. Malty caramel. Semi sweet. More roasty than rich/smooth but pretty good.
bigda83 (241) - 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 (6581) - 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 (9280) - 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 (878) - 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 (1028) - 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.