kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Capone’s 6/5/10. Pours very deep brown, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and coffee up front with some vanilla highlights in the background. Flavor begins with chocolate, espresso, and vanilla in the forefront. Some green chili in the background adds really nice complexity. Coffee lingers, with some nice support from the vanilla.
deyholla (8131) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 Bottle thanks to Adam! Poured black with a dark wooden brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had some chilies with lots of roasted malts and a nice chocolate not as well. Flavor had chilies and cinnamon with growing roast and chocolate to a nice balanced finish. A nice smooth mouth feel to match a good beer..
BVery (7963) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Very rich dark brown to black pour. Reddish head. Appearance is unreal. Aroma of roast, smoke, and cinnamon. Dense mouthfeel. Taste is chocolate, oak, cigar smoke.
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bitter chocolate, carmel, pepper and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, chilis, light carmel and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering chocolate finish.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black With a deep brown head. Sweet roast malt, dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and cherry nose. Body is massive with an oily texture. I get coconut, chocolate, plenty of roast with a hint of smoke and maybe a bit of heat from the chiles. Easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
MIBRomeo (2570) - 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 i’ve ever tasted and is close to the single best brew that’s 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 can’t 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 (8550) - 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