brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cognac BA. Still, black pour. Cognac like a mofo, milky aroma, deeply roasted. Booze integrates well. Warming, smooth, sweet undertones. This is nice.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Entering old rates. Draft @ CCB, some of very early experiment son that new pilot system.
Couleur noire dense, col épais et crémeux de moka. Bouquet intense de malt, caramel de grillé avec des pointes de cacao le tout laissant des effluves de douceur lactique.
Palais est épais avec un ajout d’avoine donnant une belle rondeur, le tout est complété par un profile malté profond alternant chocolat au lait, soyeux, malté et grillé sur des notes de café-moka. Horriblement traitre à 11% mais si facile à boire.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Intense aroma with lots of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and booze. Slightly smokey with hints of dark and milk chocolate along with caramel, toffee, oatmeal, vanilla and coffee bean.
Full bodied with a rush of sweet chocolate, caramel, fudge, chocolate cake and molasses that’s slowly countered by darker roasted malt notes. Intensely sweet but as it warms the more robust, dark malt notes appear with hints of toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean and subtle smoke. There’s also a good amount of booze and warmth in the finish but the ABV is decently masked at 12%. Interesting but a bit too sweet and boozy for me even after warming up considerably. Not bad but a bit overwhelming making it difficult to drink a whole glass.
BrianDorry55 (329) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at CCB. Pours almost black with a medium brown head. Aroma is all sorts of sweet fruity, boozy, thick mess. Flavor is big. Brown sugar, candied apples, brandy, chocolate, caramel...everything but the kitchen sink...Its good...but on this day i wasnt feeling particularly well...and it was even a little sweet for my sweet tooth. Full body, nice heat, pretty sticky. Overall...it was really good...probably would have been better if i wasnt feeling under the weather.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. This one poured black with a beautiful tan head that creates some amazing lace like I’ve never seen. There was also a strange "loogie" type thing in my beer which I am guessing is some sort of yeast protein thing as I’ve seen something similar in brews before. This beer looked and smelled so fantastic I wasn’t going to pour it out. Nose of espresso, cocoa, light roast, cream. Extremely creamy and velvety mouthfeel with notes of chocolate, some dark fruit, espresso, light booze. Really nice flavor and one of the better imperial stouts I’ve had of recent. Pretty darn impressive and wish I had more.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Ben for the handbottle! Porus a gorgeous viscous inky black with one finger of a ruby chestnut brown head. Nose shows lots of sweet cocoa and fruit skins with notes of espresso. Lactose, and some ephemeral alcohol. Lovely. Flavor is rich and chocolaty with some coffee and burnt grain, lots of residual sweetness and some fruityness. Very full and viscous palate with a well balanced grain bitterness. Bossome. Thanks Ben.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fliptop bottle from fishingnet. Ben, I’m really excited to try your beers.. and this is the first of many hopefully. Pours a pitchblack thicker opaque pour, dark and morose, a frothy darker brown head grows slowly, collects to a moderate size, dies to a frothy film eventually but laces well. Aromas are a blend of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, some sweeter cocoa, coffee and cream, a touch of molasses, creaminess, and more cocoa and biscuits. Sweeter toasted oats. Initial is full bodied, moving from roasted and toasted malts into toffee, decadent fudge, caramel, and biscuits, toast, coffee grounds, a touch more earthiness with sweet oats, chocolate, and caramel coming in to swarm. As it warms a bit, the roast really starts to assert, some stronger coffee grounds, bitter and a bit ashy really start to permeate past the sweetness. It grows, the sweetness and chocolate nature seem to temper it a bit in balance, touches of molasses, but not enough to become a main factor, but the roast seems a bit stronger. I think Iike that. The flavors, appearance, and more gentle sweet aroma draws you in like a siren, but the beer itself is fairly fierce, fudgey and roasty, coffee and caramel, some earthiness.. the fudge and roast compete. The finish is lingering sweetness, roast a bit stronger. A very nice beer that has a good body but hides the ABV a bit. Nice work, Ben!
Odde (305) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
impenetrable black hue. moderately thick, slick, soft carb, milky texture. some molasses and dark fruit. the high abv was masked nicely. sweetness was just right. enjoyed.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ CCB. First brew of CCB’s very exciting Pilot Series. Poured black with a dense, creamy, dark mocha head. Intensely roasted nose with big notes of chocolate, booze, and molasses and a lighter anise note. Full body, with a creamy, chewy mouth feel. The flavor is mostly sweet and fairly boozy, big notes of rich milk chocolate and hard roasted malt with a light note of vanilla. Finishes sweet and roasted. Very rich and decadent, great beer. Great job Ben, can’t wait to drink more of your beers.
BeerFanDan17 (948) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very unique imperial stout on draft at the Cigar City tasting room. A thick and sweet stout with a molasses look and hints of dark cherry and other sweet pitted fruit.