MartinT (8492) - 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 doesn’t really work with the brew’s 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 (3960) - 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 you’d expect for an imp stout. Dark, roasty, and oily. A little bit cherry. Very good. bottle was even better. Sweet creamy motor oil
blklab2007 (2085) - 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 can’t 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 can’t 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. Can’t say i’ve 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 can’t call it balanced its sooooooooooo good. Nice one. Thx
Rustyham (1786) - 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.
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s very black, opaque, bloody head. Matches my burgundy nail polish. Aroma is chocolatey cacao, and like maca powder (Peruvian root). Flavor is sweet and sticky. The peppers are present in the flavor, but are very subdued. You taste them last. Definitely coats your tongue. Bottle from a trade with FreshBeerCesar.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours motor oil black with a reddish brown head, never seen this before. Aroma of rich chocolate, malt, some vanilla, cinnamon. Similar taste, the chile pepper notes finally shines through in the finish. Oily and thick bodied. Very complex and enjoyable. Big thanks to Rustyham for sharing this with us, along with the other Cigar City Brews provided. Great way to top off the tasting.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Rustyham. Pours a viscous motor oil brown with a super dark head that has reddish hues. Aroma of dark roasted malts, plums, and chili powder. Full bodied with a slick texture. Flavor is a very nice melding of chocolate, dried peppers, vanilla, sweet red wine, and tamed spicy hops. Warming finish. Excellent.