Shaftie (218) - , 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 Zhukovís (esp the various barrel-aged) to the great Hunahpu but for those of you itching to try it again this year itís 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 youíre 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. Thereís 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 wouldnít say itís over-spiced, but I definitely preferred the Marshal Zhukov base beer, so itís not adding anything for me either.
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, 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 (1377) - 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 (2417) - 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 itís very highly rated, but it didnít click for me. Just not up my street I guess.
jtclockwork (8443) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers Iíve ever had. Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating reddish brown head. Nose is vanilla, oak, subtle chillies peppers, cinnamon and coffee. Taste is full and in your face, but velvety smooth at the same time. Chillies are present in the background, but donít burn. I detect some licorice, chocolates, coffee, chilies, vanilla beans and a whirlwind of other flavors I canít even describe. The only thing keeping this from a 5.0 is that there is no head retention. Otherwise, this is the perfect imperial stout.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
at Savvy1982ís tasting - Aroma of malt is soo dark, sweet and thick. It is very dark, with thick dark foam and nice lacing. The flavour is soo complex. There is chocolate, a hint of peppers for 2 sec, than vanilla, coffee in that order. Soo smooth and even and it just flows. This has so many layers, it is soo good. Thick and dark. I would get this all the time if I could. I was amazed that there was 11.5% in there, I couldnít tell at all!
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Caponeís Philly Beer Week event. Pours very similar to the brandy Hunaphu, a dark blackish brackish brown, with off-tan head. Nose is dark malt, fine tobacco, dark choc, vanilla, hops, peppery. Tastes rich, very malty, with hefty dark choc, tobacco, woody, with some spice and hops late. Nicely balanced and amazingly complex, this one is outstanding.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Tap at Caponeís. Very dark brown in color with a medium head. Taste of rich, creamy chocolate and espresso. A good amount of little licorice and a touch of vanilla. Sweet finish.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has an amazing balance between spice and thick bitter chocolate sweetness. The mouth feel is amazing thick rich and long lasting. This is a truly great beer