SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Giving this one a 2nd chance; oily black, trace dark brown head; dry pepper, chocolate, oranges, lemons; very thin texture; big time roasted malt and dark chocolate; pepper not nearly as overpowering here as before; almost lime too; much better this time, but still not something I can drink too much of; texture is thin, oily and rich; more texture would help my impression
Original Rating 6/10/10 (Score - 3.5): 750 ml bottle; thanks Ibrew3or3 for bringing to Seattle!! Pours dense black with trace tan head; chaulky aromas of pepper, burnt malt and chocolate; quite harsh to me on first sip with ashy pepper and astringency spice; I really dig the nose in this one, but pepper and chilies are a little off putting to me; dry, ashy mix of peppers and chocolate; Iím kind of a wuss when it comes to spicy food, so not that unexpected that itís a little much for me here; Iíve read that Zhukov is again the base here and while I love that beer, the treatment here (like the humidor version) doesnít work for me; got another bottle that Iíll put some age on to see if the pepper fades a little bit
jake65 (2901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks Dave. The pour is what I love in an impy; silky dark brown, near black and two fingers of creamy brown head. Looks delicious. Nose is roasty, chocolate, and espresso. Mouthful is silky and smooth, slightly oily. Taste is rich with the chocolate, dry roast, slightly smokey, and I just ever so slight sense the chili peppers hit the back of my tongue. Seamless transition of flavors. Thick sheets of sticky brown lacing. Badass brew.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: pours like sweet lovely delicious motor oil. Espresso crema head fades fast into a thin ringlet. Swirls with black tears and a slightly thicker collar. No head. None.
Nose: thick, tar, and char. Vanilla beans, raw chilies tickle the back of my nose. Burnt black cacao and espresso sludge. Wisp of melted cream. Cinnamon is a shadowy whisper here, there, and than none at all.
Palate: for such an intensely thick pour his mouthfeel is amazingly soft, velveteen, and creamy. Immediately coats lips in burnt caramels and cinnamon and black chocolate all melted into one. Long chocolate finish, thick and fudgy please. Heat tickles sides of cheeks with essence of chili without the pain. Ashen burnt black wood in the breath. Vanilla root flirts with massive hunks of decadent fudge. Interesting conflict of creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel which at the same time sucks all moisture from said mouth. Cinnamon not as prominent as expected, though a whisper peeks through here and there, mostly lost in the chilies and the burnt fudgy vanilla rooty goodness.
Final Thoughts: another notch under the Cigar City belt, and mine. Was shared with friends and enjoyed by friends and myself alike. Definitely drink with as minimal a chill as possible.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a pitch black body with the darkest brown head thatís thick and tall. The aroma is rich chocolate, vanilla, rich black patent, and lots of 85%+ black chocolate. The flavor is rich chocolate with deep roasted malts and oatmeal. Subtle peppers. The palate is rich and robust. Clean textures.
Strykzone (5623) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a trade with Daknole and taken to an East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. My first beer from Cigar City and it was opened with great anticipation. It was also opened immediately after a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla. A black pour with no red visible. What a cool head! Almost blood red! The aroma is some spicy peppers and cocoa. The flavor is exactly the same. To me the peppers did not work here and I would love to try a Zhukov without the peppers. This was a distant second place to the Goose Island and perhaps the sweetness from that beer did not help this one. Still it was very tasty and certainly a visual experience.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Daknole. Pours EXTREMELY black, like the blackest Iíve ever seen with a very dark brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate covered cherries, reminds me of Dark Lord a little in that way. Graham cracker and olive juice. The peppers must be adding the olive component. Flavor is extremely chocolatey. Thick mouthfeel with roasty, dark dark chocolate flavor. I burped and it was just chocolate roastiness. The roastiness is akin to Expedition. The chocolate and roast might actually be too much for one beer making this beer a little less smooth. Iím kind of over Imperial Stouts at this point but this is a fine and unique example.
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to cmillward. Bottle. Absolutely delicious stuff. One of the best stouts that Iíve tried so far. Beautifully dark and thick in the glass. Head was a shade of brown as dark as any Iíve seen. Mouthfeel was thick with mild carbonation. Aroma is rich with chocolate, mild roast, big vanilla and some interesting spice. Dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla all come through big in the taste, as well. Iím not a big fan of chili in beer, but itís very nice in this one, only hitting in the finish with a bit of spice. This sort of super rich chocolatey imperial stout is right up my alley for the style. Hops are present but more of a background player. Pretty sweet but it works well for the beer. Just a big, rich beer that drinks even bigger than 11% abv. Very impressive.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had this on tap at Cigar City early in the afternoon right after I got my ticket to buy the bottles.
A: Pours a very viscous dark, dark brown with a very nice tan head with plenty of lacing.
S: Whoa, lots going on here. Everything is almost overpowering, yet fits so well together. Lots of chocolate up front, followed by more subtle hints of roasted malt, vanilla, roasted chilis, and cinnamon.
T: Even better than the nose. Right up there with the absolute best imperial stouts Iíd had; definitely top three. All thatís there in the nose is there with the first sip, and the complexity of this beer only improves with each sip as it gets a bit warmer. The chocolate is definitely the base, and the light touches of cinnamon, vanilla, and chili peppers are fantastic and make this such a well-rounded beer.
M: Very thick and huge. Nice and chewy, yet incredibly smooth. Fairly low carbonation, but entirely appropriate. No alcohol heat.
D: Insane. Each sip brings forth new nuances. I spent less than 16 hours in Tampa, waking up a 3:00am on consecutive days for early flights (one of which didnít pan out), and if I hadnít gotten bottles, Iíd still be supremely happy and thought the whole trip worth it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-13-2010
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: † Yep, thats motor oil! † Moderate to large dark brown head, foamy, nice lacing. † Dry and dark cocoa on the nose, soft spices of vanilla, caramel, and graham cracker. † I associate many of those with Bourbon, but there is nothing Bourbon about this. † Actually, it seems more like tapioca than vanilla. † Yeah, chocolate graham cracker make up the rest. † Not roasty, nor hoppy. † Hah, actually reminds me of tapioca and Coco Pebbles. † On the tongue its a bit different, cinnamon and nutmeg. † Its not very bright, its spicy but not really sweet. † Has a bit of thick roasted malts not shown on the nose. † Has a bit of dark or unsweetened cocoa as well. † Very smooth, and thick. † Hop aspects are... minor if existant at all. † Has a tartness to it, as well as some alcohol warming. † Fairly full bodied. † Backside has some soy, perhaps a touch of chile peppers, and a smidgen of charred wood/campfire. † This one is certainly different. † Towards the end it gets a little cloying, with almost a heavy sweetened soy sauce flavor along with some very heavy graham cracker. † The chile aspect becomes more pronounced. † Not as malty or roasty as others, instead its a bit more tart and sweet, with some interesting spices thrown in. † Happy to try it, but I think one 750ml is enough for me for quite some time. † Thanks to fogdog for the bottle!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with FlssmrBrewAlum, thanks Adam! Pours a pitch black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, very dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a really nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of coffee, roast, cocoa, hops, and spices. Some vanilla, chile peppers, and caramel. Flavor is similar and very rich. Lots of chocolate and cocoa nibs, caramel, vanilla, roasts, and coffee. Some light chiles, smoke, dark fruits, wood, and cinnamon spice. Finishes very rich, but fairly bitter from the hops, roasts, and cocoa nibs. Slowly dries with some vanilla, earth, and plenty of chocolate in a lengthy, rich aftertaste. Mostly full, creamy, and really smooth body with a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a really nice impy. Lots of rich flavors, very roasty, well hopped, and definitely has some pretty cool vanilla-chile things going on. Very nice.