Chipalsa (1263) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had a lot of imperial stouts by now, and this one deserves more hype. The pour alone suggested a huge brew with an almost black body and off-white head. Scents of chocolate, raisins and coffee arouse the palate; while earthy tones almost emulate an oak aged beer! The taste was full of cocoa as well, but with a fantastic twang of cherries, prunes and roasted malts. A fine job here, and at 12.5% this beer is simply fun to drink. A great big thanks to OmegaX for sharing this brew from my homeland.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a moderate medium brown head that lasts a long time. Aroma of espresso, coffee beans, licorice, pine, dark rye bread, and vodka. Flavor follows a similar suit with coffee and espresso flavors, slight dark chocolate sweetness, licorice, and vodka (and alcohol heat to boot). Finishes with a lot of heat, to the point of which I think this beer was OVER-fermented just to get the alcohol percentage high. Otherwise, more espresso and earthy bitterness with noticeable hop bitterness. Good flavors, but the alcohol heat is too big which makes the flavors seem lesser in comparison.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black with a nice tan head. Aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate, dark cherries, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, alcohol, a little bit of smoke and a little bit of toffee/caramel. Initial taste is smooth, sweet with a little bite. Nice roasted flavor. Coffee, cocoa of all sorts, dark fruits, slightly bitter towards the end with a smooth yet biting roastiness. Quite a delicious, complex and flavorful brew. Mouthfeel is a tad oily with a slight bitterness to it. Overall a solid, solid beer. Get it if you can find it.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocoalte and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty bitter chocolate and licorice finish with weak hints of coffee.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Total. Black pour with a small yet thick mocha colored head. Aroma was like a melted candy bar, lots of milk chocolate, some roast and vanilla. Almost no heat. Flavors were roasty, slightly smoky, some vanilla paired with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, light carbonation. The booze was extremely well hidden throughout this one, quite impressive. My first two from Clown Shoes has been winners, nice job!
dcschiller (2153) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours near black with an espresso head. Aroma has chocolate, truffle, light pit fruit and some cofee notes. Taste follows suit as is sweet with some roastiness. Full bodied. A nicely balanced beer.
jesperhammer (2511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø.
Black with brown head.
A bit dusty with bourbon, coffee, roast.
Quite smooth. Coats the mouth.
Long hoppy and malty finish.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black not huge head tastes of licorice chocolate booze small amount of hops. Not bad not great a beer I think you’d forget fairly fast.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to pari6819 for sharing this one. Cheers, Sam! Pours a stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is anise, black licorice, slight smoke, and some tar. Flavor is similar- earth, tar, tiny smoke, anise, and most of the flavors that really don’t work for me in an imperial stout. Medium in body with lingering earth and tar.
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The nose of this has more alcohol present in it than I would care for. Definitely some nice licorice notes in it though. The taste of this is dominated by anise with a little bit of chocolate, but not in a manner that really adds to the flavor profile of this. It was very thin for what it is. Appearance is like old motor oil.