RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and spices. Very nice.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque brown body, thick puffy light brown head. Sweet nose with abundant toasted sugars, sweet chocolate wafers, toast, and spice, oh so nice. Roasty, spicy, sweet body with warming alcohol, chocolate wafers, and hints of cinnamon and vanilla, with the chiles swimming beneath the surface and providing a kick. Creamy and decadent, sticky, but not thick or sludgy. Wow, this reminds me in many ways of one of my favorite beers, the old pub version of the Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout. Great beer.
bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oily black with the deepest of ruby-fringed hues, a nice choco-tan head that reduces to a small cap leaving tree-ring lace. The nose is of chocolates and roasts. Flavors are roasted chocolates, coffee, dark vinous notes, light licorice, a hint of smoked chiles, and finishes with a toasted cinnamon and black cherry-chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth with soft carbonation, providing a silky palate and medium-full body. Complex and delicious!
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber .... I guess this is yet another attempt at cloning CCB’s Hunahpu.
Brune foncée, col épais moka.
Arôme malté, chocolaté, note d’épices avec les piments arrivant en rétro nasal et prenant une meilleur place une fois à t° ambiante. Note fruitée noire; prune avec une cannelle discrète.
Palais malté épais, pointe d’épices. Léger côté fumé avec un peu de chaleur se dégageant en fin de bouche. Alcool reste ok mais se fait sentir dès le deuxième verre. Profil reste sec et terreux avec la canelle qui ajoute une belle dimension en fin de bouche.
Beaver (1290) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a medium frothy tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is subdued - roasted grains with a little cinnamon and chile.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little spice and some heat from the chile in the finish with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, an OK stout. It’s pretty subdued, and there are better alternatives.
jehoesefat (271) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong alcohol aroma, almost smells like nail polish remover. Pours thick black with a creamy brown head. Deep chocolate and alcohol flavors, almost wine like. Goes down creamy and smooth.
drjay44 (2635) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head with some lacing, over a black brown (SRM 40) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, tobacco, plum, raisin, ktoffee/caramel.....taste is plum, coffee, chocolate, very light chili heat, hints of cinnamon, light vanilla, leading to a slightly bitter finish.....mouth feel thick, sticky, mildly astringent, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation adds light tingle. The chili, vanilla and cinnamon were used with a light hand and added slightly to the complexity of both aroma and flavors. The heavily roasted malts dominated both the spice additions and the hops. The result is an Imperial Stout that is much more typical than the ingredient bill would have you believe. It is very sweet and almost like a mocha espresso. A bit more attenuation would have helped. Possibly a yeast change? BJCP 8/3/16/5/7
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Opaque black
Aroma: Some chocolate, hint of spice
Taste: Dark malt, bitter chocolate
Palate: Slight pepper liveliness
Overall: Underwhelmed as the ancho and cinnamon don’t come across at all.
Quevillon (2501) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank on tap (11 oz) at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philly on June 19, 2013. Black, small head. Fruity aroma of chocolate, a little licorice. The taste is similar, but with a little alcohol, a little spicy, bitter chocolate. Chocolate for adult!
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with foamy tan head. Meduim body with chocolate, coffee vanilla overtones. A little of the chocolate comes through in the taste alone with roasted malt, mild chili taste but note lasting