xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is powdered cocoa, astringency, pine, alcohol, toffee, toast, and a hint of umami.
Pours mahogany to black with a light toffee colored head.
Taste is intensely coffee and cocoa powder. Pine, toast, sweet lactose, and slightly sour.... well balanced beer.
Finish is sweet and bitter cocoa with a residual sourness.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle. Pour black with a decent size brown bubbly head. Aromas are coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and sweetness. Flavors are full of coffee, sorta chocolate milk due to the creaminess, roasty and a sweet molasses flavor. The finish is dry and a bitter chocolate flavor lingers in your mouth. Another great beer from CCB.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
25oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small espresso brown head that had some decent retention. Intense nose, lots of coffee, some smoke, hearty piney hops, very roasty, and lots of chocolate. Thereís also some off-putting notes of band-aids and fresh leather (which works in some beers for me) that are bothersome. The flavor is very hoppy, it actually catches me off guard a little. Rather bitter and astringent to me. Lots of espresso and coffee. A lot of band aids in the flavor as well, with
some burnt toast, and moderate alcohol heat. Thick, heavy, and chewy with light soft carbonation. A little sticky and clingy. I donít know about this one, I just didnít care for it that much. Iím glad that I hadnít had this before I had the BA versions and the Poop Coffee version because I think I would have been much more critical of them.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jet black with a cardboard head not quite as dark as Huna. Smokey soy nose, light chocolate. Flavor is heavily roasted malt, bit of dry oats in there somewhere, also some burnt toffee and more milk chocolate, even ashy at times. Decent body, not overly thick which allows for the flavorís nuance to survive a bit, and surprise, there arenít nearly the sugars that CCB often presents. Enjoyed the balanced the flavor, the nose could use a bit more of it. Still not a favorite for the style though.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If there was a mouth feel category in rate beer this would be a hundred and twenty. Please drink this with a glass of water. It is slighty sweet with a dark Carmelle. The malt is nicely roasted. the flavor is soooo...... long with a slight chocolate and a nicenhoppy bitter finish.
DocLock (9242) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#5,000 for the Chairman and CEO of PUBíN, the Pennsylvania Underground Beer Network, and thanks to all the PUBíN members, thanks to the Academy, the Agency, my parents, my liver, kidneys, urethra, and massive brain for making this all possible. Enough of the patting on the back BS, on to the rating. Bottle procured from both CAH and Smithís on different occasions, and I went back for a lot more. The pour is jet black, Yaphet Kotto black, with 2f dark brown head. One of the brownest heads of all time. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, prune, fine tobacco. Tastes rich, complex, with roasty dark malt, some cacao, oaty, mild milk stouty lactic, slight coffee, and backup hops. Gets a bit more pruney late, and stays thich, rich, and complex. As I;ve said before, if there is a Heaven, they have unlimited taps of all the Cigar City beers. Bravo, and hereís to another 5K. Jens, you better watch your back, bro.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-pours a jet black liquid, thick and viscous. The head is dark mocha in color. It is tight and creamy, a few bubbles on top spread out. The head is so thick, the retention is very good and the lace covers the glass and doesnít fall at all.
S-the nose is fairly big, it has a lot of sweetness in the back with some lighter roasted qualities in the front. Roasted malts, lots of burnt coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. smokey malts, notes of soy sauce and ash, malty sweetness in the back.
T-fallows the nose, roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Soy sauce takes over, sweetness in the back, dark fruity goodness, plums and raisins.
M-this is quite thick and creamy, full bodied, pretty darn big. Very smooth on the palate, a little heavy, nicely carbonated, holds throughout. Somewhat dry in the very back from some of the bitter chocolate and hops
D-huge RIS, great flavors and complexity, everything really works well. Lots of chocolate and very rich brew. Enough roasted maltiness to hold up with a good balance of sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Very thick, you could eat it with a spoon. Aroma is of wet wood, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. Definitely some cedar in the aroma. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, burnt coffee, wood, and dark fruit. Big caramel malt backbone. There is also plenty of vanilla too. Lingering taste of chocolate and dark fruit. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. A definite sipper for me. It was damned tasty.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour. Rich and chewy with a lot of heavy tarry molasses character. Rich and charry with a nice soft earthy roastiness. Sticky up front but manages to give a perception of dryness on the finish. A bit of light licorice. Roasty finish with a lingering earthy hop bitterness. One word keeps appearing in the deScription of this oneÖ intense. Really damn good Impy.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Midnight Black pour, blackest Ive ever seen. Head is Dark tan. Aroma is intense baking chocolate, lightly lactic, cream, herbal hop, espresso coffee. Flavor is incredibly roasty, which is not what I got from the aroma at all. However it is delicious bitter chocolate at the first sip then settles into sweet cream, milk chocolate, sweet molasses, dark fruits, finish again is extremely roasty espresso