BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter (and yes a bottle I did NOT get from Eric Starnes) : Pours basically opaque with a small creamy tan head, oily viscous legs and some lacework. The aroma has extremely heavy vapours of dark fruits (prune, plum , black cherry, fig) with luscious rum barrel character. What I like is I still get lots of the base beer character of milk chocolate, roast, char, tobacco, leather, tar and herbal hops. The taste is not quite the level of the nose with the heavy fruit, earthiness and barrel fighting off some oncoming sour’d twang. Sweet but never cloy, boozy but never over the top, woody but not tannic. Mikey Likey this a lot... Hopscotch why didn’t I get this from you ;-)
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#2500. Bottle from Jason, thanks! Black with a tiny, fading brown top. Scent is wood, dark fruit and soy. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruit, wood and rum. Very good!
Atom (2066) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by mattyb83, pours a very dark brown/black with an amber hue and a thin reddish tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, spicy booze, and roasted malts. Taste of chocolate, raisin, bitter coffee, tobaccoo, and rum. A nice Imperial Stout!
gEUS (1676) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - pours pitch black with a medium head, very tiny bubble, with the colour of a caramel flan. Boozy aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. Huge body with booze from beginning to end, aroma of rum soked raisins and dark chocolate.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark inky black/brown color with a mocha tan head that collars around the glass. Big notes in the nose of dark fruit; dark cherry, raisin, and plum. The rum shows as well but pretty minimal. Heavy mouthfeel. Dark roast, molasses, and fruit notes all combine in this one. Decently balanced but a little dark fruit overboard for me. Overall, glad I tried it but I didn’t go back for a second pour.
Huhzubendah (3337) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer appears pitch black with a thick, beige head. Another outstanding appearance from a Cigar City stout. The aroma is of rich, dense, roasted malt. The raisins really shine in the flavor. Oak and rum play secondary roles, while roasted malt takes center stage. Mostly well balanced, though roast emerges more than other aspects. Overall, another solid stout from Cigar City. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2011
mcberko (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a light brown / tan head. Aroma is intense with sweet caramel malts, rum, and lots of boozy liqueur. Flavour is intense, full of rum, caramel malts, some slight licorice, and dark fruits (raisins). Full-bodied and complex, without any harsh notes. Boozy, but not distastefully. Very complex imperial stout.
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance : Pitch black with very small head.
Aroma : Big sweet roasted caramel. Light soy sauce, light oxidation.
Taste : Ashy with sweet roasted malt. Caramel. Finish ashy with notes of spices and raisins. Nice woody smoke.
Palate : Rich, slick and thick.
Overall : Way too sticky and sweet. Almost hard to chug. Nice flavors but too sweet. Nice woody smoke, nice ashy notes as well. Interesting but too sweet, too bold and overdone... again.
larsniclas (6475) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at SBWF11
Pitch black. Small, beige head.
Very vinous with sweet, dried fruits; figs, raisin, prune.
Habanero (3765) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours opague black with a smalle tan head. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit notes. Sweet flavor of chocolate, raisins, toasted malt and caramel + rum notes. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up with some bitterness and alcohol notes. An excellent imp. stout.