MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazingly sexy pour, maybe the best ever. Jet black pour w/ a gigantic thick coccoa wheat oatmeal looking head w/ thick lacing.
Mostly a chocolate and roast malt aroma a tiny light pepper the spicy note grows on you as you keep smelling and leaves a little tingle on your lips. Quite mellow.
Thick delicious mouth feel.
1st taste is ancho and then a light touch of bitter chocolate. Subtley sweet, kind of buttery, some hints of lactose.
Pretty good, but not what I expected given the ratings.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2010 holy hell! tasted multiple times on draft at Brewvival in Charleston, SC a few months back and rated from a 750ml bottle as a crazy bonus courtesy of ibrew2or3. thanks so much, dave! so this is the brew i chose for my 100th imperial stout rating and my 700th overall rating. what a great fucking choice! pours a ridiculously thick, crude oil black with a creamy, two-finger, south carolina red-clay head and drippy, oily lacing. aroma is absolutely amazing and unique beyond comparison with huge notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate brownie edges, spiced cedar, and light coffee backed by spicy, smoked chili peppers, jalepeno seeds, vanilla beans, and fresh cinnamon sticks with hints of cigar ash, dark fruits, and bbq charcoal as it warms. flavor is as close to a perfect nectar of the gods as you can get with massive, dark chocolate fudge, burnt coffee beans, and charred malts up front backed by smooth, tart, dark fruits, cedar, cinnamon bread, and earthy, smokey chilis with just a touch of heat followed by rich vanilla, cohiba smoke, and burnt toffee on the finish. palate is sublimely rich, velvety, and smooth on the tongue with perfect carbonation and an insanely complex finish. overall, this is absolutely the most unique imperial stout iíve ever tasted and is close to the single best brew thatís ever crossed my lips. unbelievable.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 1, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 750 ml bottle, courtesy of Bryan, thanks a lot!. An opaque pitch black beer with an averge sized, frothy, mostly lasting brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty and lightly hoppy. There are notes of roasted grains, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, berries, vanilla, peppers, chili and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly to moderately bitter. Heavily roasted malts, hot notes from peppers, with all the spices perfectly integrated in the beer, Creamy/thick mouthfeel, full body, soft carbonation, very long finish with moderate to heavy bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Wow, where to start? black viscous and impenetrable appearence, surprisingly long lasting foam, very seducing look. Awesomely balanced and complex flavour/palate, and above all original, peculiar, unusual, with the right amount of alcoholic feel and also quite dinkable for its strenght. I canít thank enough Bryan for having sent me this jewel. I hope to taste again this beer in the future....
750 ml bottle, vintage 2011 (11,5% ABV). An absolutely opaque pitch black beer, with a large, frothy/creamy, lightly lacing, mostly lasting brown head. The aroma is heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate/cocoa, maybe a touch of coffee), with notes of pepper/chili, vanilla, tobacco, dried dark fruits and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, creamy/chewy/thick texture, soft carbonation, very long finish with moderate bitterness, moderately alcoholic, moderately burning. Like a chocolate cake with chili, you can almost chew it. Perhaps even slightly better than the 2010, chili is rather noticeable, less is cinnamon, with vanilla in the middle. So far, along with Expedition, my favorite stout, and maybe American beer. Same rating of the 2010.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Portentous cinnamon, cocoa and vanilla whirl about this super sweet Imperial Stout, offering a kaleidoscope of flavors grounded by roasted malts and their bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of brown foam surfs the impenetrable blackness.
-The nose is very fruity and spicy; not quite what I like in my Imperial Stouts, but still very memorable.
-Although cinnamon is well integrated to the rest of the beer, it doesnít really work with the brewís tart edges, imho.
-The voluptuous, almost oily body is able the carry all the flavors but it feels overdone at times (way too heavy).
-The potent sweetness is nearly levelled by the roasted malt and hop resins in the finish.
-Smoked peppers contribute some heat, but mostly smokiness and vegetal notes.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle from The Charleston Beer Exchange on 10/22/2010. Dark black body with a dark brown head. Big spicy chocolate and roast aroma. Sweet chocolate, roast and spice flavor. Full body with moderately low carbonation.
9/5/9/4/17 - 4.4
On tap at the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Dark black body with a small brown head. Great vanilla, Roast, smoke and light pepper aroma. Sweet honey, caramel, vanilla, Pepper and chocolate flavor with some roast. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Definitely improved after being tapped for an hour or so.
9/5/9/4/18 - 4.5
Butters (3915) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 Sampled at the brewvival. Pours as youíd expect for an imp stout. Dark, roasty, and oily. A little bit cherry. Very good. bottle was even better. Sweet creamy motor oil
blklab2007 (2059) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to dak poured a super dark black in color with a thick dense dark brown head that popped back with a swirl. aroma is thick and chewy, rich malt, molasses, chili pepper, dark bitter chocolate, and a light bit of cinnamon. mouth feel is so hefty and completely coats with a mellow carbonation. the flavor is heavily malted, some bitterness, hot peppers, some vanilla, molasses sweetness, and dark bitter chocolate. wow this is a bigger beast than the base beer and the chili pepper works itself out although I was skeptical going in. the mouth feel and head on this are top notch and the whole thing comes together well.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
split 3 ways, poured into a tulip and two snifters. Thanks "Suitcase Jon" (Capra12)
Pours insanely black, void of any light. Thick tar-like syrup. liquid/melted chocolate. I have never seena beer so thick. Dark Brown milk chocolate colored foam. i think a spoon would stand up in this. plenty of thick head a couple fingers deep. It stands still long enough for me to grab my camera and line it up for a few close-ups. I know this one is gonna be good.
Aroma is heavy laiden with roasted malt and burnt toast. some espresso and pepper spice. Loads of dark havy chocolate on the end of the first nose. Espresso and alcohol after a swirl and another smell. I just canít help but stare at this liquid tar, are there preserved dinasaurs stuck in there?
Taking my first sip. insanely thick and heavy. First is the bitter roast bounding my taste buds with hints of coffee slipping through the heavy doses of dark chocolat. rolling around through the tongue out comes spice and smoke. so much chewy thick syrup coats my entire mouth. Chocolate rides all the way across the top with alcohol and vanilla that swarm in the creamy foam that happens as it rolls through my mouth. More sips bring some tobacco and leather to accompany the slight smoke, as it warms a bit more sweetness of chocolate and caramel come out along with more peppery notes, i canít tell if its cinamon or peppers or both. The 8 or 9 ounces that I poured myself of this were definately all I needed.
when i rolled this around in the glass the foam just clung to the glass fighting for its life and reflecting light with glittering accents like little diamonds on the very outreaches of the head.
This is truly one very unique brew. Canít say iíve had an imperial stout this big, thick, and heavy. truly a great one. Thanks again Suticase Jon for hooking me up with this one.
This beer could swallow any food up that you throw at it. only the richest most crazy thick triple chocolate cake with chocolate fudge layers and tons of heavy chocolate and roasted coffee sauce drizzled all over it would ever come close to matching up or cutting through this beer. If i was going to die tomorrow, I would order this beer with that cake.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-24-2010 23:42:50
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have had this hyped giant of an imperial stout shiped over. Thx Dakine for trading. Its pouring absolutely black with dark thick lasting brown head and with thick curtains when rolled in the glass. The aroma is coffee, coffe, coffee with a double shot roasted malt with lots of bitter notes and topped with some hops. The palate is really fat - almost like thick chinese soya - i start to think that this fatness is CCs trademark. Its fat like thick brownie cookie doe. You cant call the taste balanced - its all sweet with coffee, vanilla and chocolate still with some hoppy bitter notes. Even though you canít call it balanced its sooooooooooo good. Nice one. Thx
Rustyham (1778) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blackest/thickest beer I have ever seen- this puts Tenfidy to shame. Darkest head I have ever seen- deep dark brown with a slightly reddish tint. Body looks almost like blood. Aroma is very sweet and roasty malt. Flavor is very sweet rich hot chocolate with sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Holy crap this si good. Very complex but still very smooth, balanced, and drinkable. Bottle from a trade with FreshBeerCesar, shared at the PreLabor Day tasting in Nashville.