MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with love to gorditoabd for sharing. Body is a dark and fairly thick brown and supports a head that looks like an inch of chocolate mousse. Aromas are odd... cocoa, autumn leaves, cream, and maybe bandaids or something hospital-based. Flavor is OK, but falls far short of expectations from CCB. (Hell, any brewery that can convince me that a brown ale isnít a waste of time...) Itís heavy with leather and bitter chocolate, vanilla, espresso (very late palate on that one), anc... after warming a bit... chocolate ice cream.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malts,choclate,coffee beans and a definite cloud of alcohol. Has the rich superior Imp Stout texture. Flavor of Hershey syrup,mixed roasted malts,some bitterness in finish,body just makes medium, flavorful,but not as complex as the best
glennmastrange (2620) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee, moderate resin for the hops and earth for the yeast, with hints of tar, licorice and tobacco. Head is none existant but has good legs. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is fuller than full, syrupy/chewy, with a carbonation thatís just about flat and finishes moderately alcoholic and quite sticky. This Imperial Stout is an absolute mouthful, definitely something youíd want to share considering the alcohol and the size of the bottle.
Maddog (507) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of Jimmy from Jacksonville, Fl. What an incredibly delicious and complex imperial stout. The pour was jet black with a beautiful dark brown head. The aroma was that of roasted malts. The flavors were remarkably layered and complex with roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. One of the all time great stouts, this one certainly packed a wallop at 11%.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as space with a very thick darkbrown head. Aroma is amazing. strong coffee and chocolate. The flavour is fantastic, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. with a strong and bitter hop finish. soo complex. this is a hell of a stout
mufasa (11) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on back to back nights with the double barrel aged version to compare the differences. It is fantastic, a lot of chocolate flavors. Would like to also try after it has a little age to it along with the double barrel version. I think it will really awaken in about 6 months.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing imperial stout. Smells like pine and hops. Tastes like concentrated awesome. Includes maple syrup, very alcoholic. Did I mention itís awesome.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Basically black, dark tan brown head. Thick and frothy, very nice. Roasty, chocolate, light alcohol, coffee aroma. Taste is chocolate fondue, oily, light appropriate alcohol, coffee finish.
50belair (3301) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 on tap at the brewery. Fresh, fresh fresh (release day). The pride of the Red Army poured jet black with a small brown head. The aroma was coffee, which was nice at 10:45am, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste was rich and inviting with lots of chocolate, roast coffee, molasses, and spice.
jake65 (3349) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to hopscotch. Iíve been really wanting to try this and DAMN this beer looks sexy! Dark ebony color with a massive, creamy brown head. The molasses really stands out in the nose, amongst the espresso and chocolate. Rather sweet and potent. The flavor blends together seamlessly and I like the role the molasses plays here. Rich espresso and dark chocolate. Just getting a little bit of dry smokey tones in the finish. Very little bitters and slight hints of the abv. Smooth and creamy. Gets a drier and smokier as it warms. I preferred it when it was a bit colder than room temp and still had the molasses notes and less smoke covering up the sweeter parts. Nice, solid brew.