ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle via trade. pours siky and dense, maybe a touch thinner than the other cigar city imperial stouts, and sits black in the glass capped by a dark mocha head that leaves dense rings of lace. aroma is incredible and is best described as chocolate chip waffles with maple syrup and powdered sugar in a glass backed by smooth espresso, roast, hazelnuts, and hints of vanilla. flavor is remarkable as well with the smooth, sweet notes of vanilla nougat, maple syrup, and belgian waffles blending with dark chocolate, fresh roasted coffee, and subtle hints of dark fruits on the back end. palate is smooth, silky, and full bodied with a lingering finish reminiscent of french toast. overall, truly breakfast in a glass and another winner from cigar city.
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade from Sean 9689, thanks buddy. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, toffee, oak, roasted malt. Flavor is sweet, maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, wood. Soft carbonation, beautiful lacings, really deliscious beer.
Plovmand (7852) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Hopscotch is the man providing me with this incredible brew. Thanks man!! It pours thick jet black with a dense creamy medium sized light brown head. The aroma is hard roasted malt, wood, fresh roasted coffee and chocolate. Good hoppy as well. The flavour is chocolate, coffee, sweet cookies, vanilla, roasted malt, liquorice and oak. Vanilla is added in the finish. Some coconut as well. The maple wood is in the back not dominating at all which is a good thing. The coffee is definately in the front but not in the bitter cloying way. Great balanced and very fantastic coffee stout indeed.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubble ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.
S: Some bitter coffee grounds, espresso sweetness and vanilla upfront. Dark chocolate with a heavily roasted malt body round it out.
T: Vanilla bean sweetness, light maple with some milk chocolate. Roasted oats with a dark chocolate bitterness. Espresso sweetness with a black coffee bite to it. Interesting and delicious.
M: Velvety smooth with a medium heaviness to the body. Medium carbonation level with a sweet finish.
O: Sweet, but in a good way. The bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee ground flavors was able to cut the sweetness and make it palatable. As always the great mouthfeel from a CCB stout put the beer over the top.
Serving type: bottle
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is inky black, tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is great: vanilla, maple, chocolate, cream, coffee, roast. Taste is sweet, chocolate, cream, vanilla, espresso, roast. Palate is soft, creamy, rich finish. Outstanding.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate times a thousand yes so good dark and hits the spit every single time you drink it
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 750mL thanks to tastybeer! Pours inky with thick, reddish, coffee foam. Nose is green coffee, vegetal, heavy green olive and pimento. Taste is thicker, vanilla, bitter chocolate, acidic coffee, ash, more green olive. Light bodied for srm. Decent. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
750mL thanks to my aunt! Inky pour, massive Martian red head. Good retention and Wispy lacing. Nose is still olive heavy but moves to excellent vanilla, cherry dark chocolate, cherries jubilee. Taste is sharp coffee, melted semisweet chocolate. Palate is sugary, lactic, sweet latte. Great for coffee lovers. Not as harsh as Zhukov.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible aroma and taste of carmel and vanilla with a dark pour and satisfying mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to BMMillsy for sending this west in trade. Also thanks to dak for opening a bottle as well. This is yum. The 750mL pours an inky darkness sort of body supporting a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma is smooth rich dark roasted coffee goodness, a bit of earthiness, some sticky sweetness and something like chocolate too. The taste is smooth sweet smoother smoothness and perfection. I get rich oily dark roasted coffee notes, some thin sludgy melted chocolate, a touch of spicy wood and this is all covered in a thick layer of yum. Solid brew rich smooth mellow and bold. What a treat.
jbruner (3999) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes, guess I forgot to rate this a while back. Pours an opaque black from the bottle with pillowy tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark and sweet chocolate, lactose sweetness, roasted malts, slight coffee. Taste follows, but more of the roasted and less of the dark chocolate, with a dry, dusty finish. Easy to drink considering the abv, the lactose hides the alcohol very well. I wish this wasn’t a limited release.