JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of Beerlando
Black pour, nice flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee with hops playing in the background. Enjoyed it.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via trade thanks to Sebletitje, and another shared by Nick3 on BA. Pours jet black and thick with a medium thick brown head, very dark, leaving a small layer of foam and good lacing. Aroma is nice and intense with chocolate, coffee, roast, molasses, and black cherry. Flavor is similar to the aroma and really huge with lots of roasted malt as well as some caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, smoke, and lots of cherry. Some people thought there were actually cherries in this beer. Hops noticeable in there as well. Palate is really full and chewy with a long bitter hop and cocoa finish. A notch above Hunahpuís even, with a creamier, fuller palate and higher drinkability, although it lacks the nice spiciness that Hunahpuís has.
chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a viscous black with a deep tan spongy head. Aroma is dark malts, burnt sugars, molasses and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, but a touch thin. Flavor is deep roasted malts, sugars, some charred wood and then finishes with a string balancing hop bitterness. One is left with some anise flavors at the end. Very good.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to daknole: Pours an oily opaque black with a well-lacing creamy froth of very dark beige head. Earthy doughy dark caramel malts with some assertive piny hops and raisin complexity with hints of salty smoked fish. Starts with good viscosity and rich sweet dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate flavor along with nice dark fruity complexity and citrusy bittering hops before a slightly drier lingering roasty maltiness. Very well balanced and enjoyable imperial stout.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, roast, chocolate, smoked malts, anise, some vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of roast, bitter dark chocolate, burnt wood, tobacco, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 750ml, big thanks to kan for sharing. pours black with tan head. nose of espresso, dark chocolate, and ash. flavors are dry, ashy, smoke, bitter chocolate, mild grapey finish. full bodied, a bit ashy but i still liked it. 3.9.
750ml, this time it came off more balanced with sweeter chcolate notes. Very tasty impy. 4.0
changeup45 (1667) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the darkest pours Iíve seen, pouring thick like motor oil with a thin short-lived dark brown head. The aroma is strong roasty chocolate, coffee, trees, and a little fig. Very slick on the palate with an aggressive bitter roast that lingers. Bold black coffee flavor mixes with lots of unsweetened dark chocolate. As it warms I get a touch of molasses as well as the piney hops being much more prominent. A great beer! 110K+OT Batch 2 is a better overall beer but this is still a top notch Imperial Stout on itís own.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one impressed...hard to beat visually. Pours squid ink with a dense caramel-colored head that leaves sticky spider webs clinging to the inside of the glass. Tons of molasses, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, and cocoa in the nose and on the tongue. Viscous and coating...a really solid representation of the style. Yum.
joshuahfl (47) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bhensonb for sharing this. Pours pitch black. Roasty, smoky aroma with some chocolate and coffee Big dark chocolate flavor that finishes with roasted malt. Very smooth and delicious.
Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
really solid beer. great aroma with flavor of coffee and dark chocolate. if though with the high alcohol content, the alcohol is hidden very well. medium palate and the taste exuberant all around.