Chalsk (962) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 An awesome treat during a tasting session at Damico’s place. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of vanilla and pepper. Sweet start. Then notes of pepper and vanilla, that mix with the cinnamon, to give it a wood flavor. An awesome cocoa finish with notes of cinnamon. What makes this beer so special is the perfect medium mouthfeel and the quality flavor of the cocoa. Cannot wait to get my hands on another one. Many thanks to Damico for tasting of this top IS.
Tasted the 2010 again in November 2010. Spices have fallen off. This beer needs to be enjoyed fresh before the cinnamon and cocoa fade.
2011 Bottle shared at a Damico beer tasting. Wow. Best pour yet. I fell back in love with this beer. Drink this fresh. The flavor that comes through from the cinnamon and cocoa are just amazing. Thanks to Damico for this treat.
beernovice39 (3037) - Montana, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 750! On draft at Peg’s. A jet black beer with a dark brown head. Scents of coffee and malts dance around. Taste is complex, the malts, and chocolate, vanilla and spices are all there. Wonderful. More would have been ordered if it not been an inferno that day.
madmitch76 (12130) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting! Opaque black beer with a dark chocolate coloured head. Chocolatey nose. Soft palate with a little carbonated froth. Dark semi sweet chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Some subtle chili heat at the end. A very deft beer. The draft version was a little less sweet and quite a bit more chili heat.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick viscous pour with a tan head. Lactic sour aroma with cherry notes. Very sweet and roast flavor. Cherry and berry notes.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black with a almost black head. It looks like used motor oil that has been sitting in a pan in someone’s garage for about a year. Basically the way I want to see my stouts. Has a malty pepper smell to it with a little chocolate. Taste is very much like the smell but it’s smooth and you can really pick up the peppers in the back with just a little bit of cinnamon. A nice stout I must say but the BA version is much better.
Shaftie (217) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Re-rated for the 11: I still think I prefer the Zhukov’s (esp the various barrel-aged) to the great Hunahpu but for those of you itching to try it again this year it’s more of the yummy same. The general censuses at the release event was this was the lesser of the two but I actually liked it more. Try it if you’re lucky.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler. Woodshop 5.0 Dinner. Mostly black, opaque pour with a finger of creamy tan head. Lots of chocolate nougat in the nose, accented by some light vanilla and roast. There’s a peculiar cherry gumdrop fruitiness that reminds me distinctly of sloe gin. The cinnimon spice is clearly noticeable, but the other elements seem to layer themselves more inconspicuously in the beer. Restrained alcohol warmth. The resemblance to sloe gin is uncanny - must be some combination of fruitiness from the peppers combined with the alcohol. Full bodied, medium-light carbonation with a soft, smooth texture. The flavors are definitely more on the chocolate side of the malt spectrum as opposed to roast or char. More of the fruity sloe gin notes come through in the flavor, followed up by some of the brighter cinnimon spice. Minimal hop presence, but well balanced in terms of sweetness. Unique and enjoyable beer, but I find it draws too much of the complexity from the spice additions, leaving the malt to be kind of just there, supporting the spice. I wouldn’t say it’s over-spiced, but I definitely preferred the Marshal Zhukov base beer, so it’s not adding anything for me either.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capones during PBW10. Pours a deep black with a medium creamy/bubbly tan head. Aroma of toffee, tobacco, chocolate, caramel, cinnamon. Flavor of the same, what a great Imp stout. Flavor is intense and wonderful. Light peppery notes.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Silky oil black. Red earth head. Cacoa, chocolate, chile in the aroma. Dark, compounded coco, chocolate, and lingering slight spice from the chiles in the taste. Finish is amazingly quick and clean. No noticeable alcohol in the taste. A solid, 1-of-a-kind beer. My only criticism is that the chile seems to create a one-note bitterness that detracts from the overall flavor - almost tilting toward a slight taint of unpleasant sour.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (taste) courtesy of puzzl, 20th May 2010. Black with a very dark tan head. Nice nose of vanilla and cocoa. Pretty smooth and very perfumy. I know it’s very highly rated, but it didn’t click for me. Just not up my street I guess.