KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky jet black with an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a puddled film and large collar with extremely excellent sheeting of lacing which engulfed the entire glass.
The aroma was bold and robust of burnt dark bread malts, a moderate dose of resin hops and a strong leathery yeast with notes of bakers’ chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, vanilla, ash and a powerful alcohol presence.
The taste was bold, roasty, bitter-sweet and very malty with a touch of bitter chocolate early on, becoming powerfully bitter and hoppy with a huge dose of dark roast coffee, a bit of smoke and an intense alcohol finish. The flavor stuck around what seemed like an eternity, with a bold alcohol coffee bitterness left lingering on for quite some time.
Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a dry, oily and rather creamy texture and an almost medium carbonation.
Overall this was a very strong tasting brew with a multitude of flavors all blending together, thus creating one exceptional beer. Although I thought the big alcohol presence took away slightly from the fantastic flavor this brew has to offer...
Philym (920) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Black with finger thick tan head.
Aroma: Smoky malts, rye, cold coffee, caramel/treacle and woody notes.
Taste: Low sweetness, low/medium bitter and sourness.
Palate: Medium thick smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, abrupt malty, rye, caramel finish.
Comments: Good and glass lace.
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber from Crossroads. Pours black with a large frothy khaki colored head. Aroma of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, caramel, and notes of rubbing alcohol. Taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, leather, and sour milk notes in the finish.
Jamesthebrit (231) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Aroma is sort of acidic. Smells sort of like a porter.
Looks great. Head is smooth and tan. Looks almost nitro.
.taste is good but not mind blowing. Very generic. Lighter notes of chocolate. A little sharp on the after taste.
Palate is smooth. A little acidic bitter aftertaste.
Overall this is not a bad imperial stout just doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Also drinking this as an atheist... Will I burst into flames??? Only time (and the rest of the bottle) will tell.
DoToBi (8) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty bloody good. Not too bitter and not too sweet either. Somewhat pricey compared to others in the class.
kayres (435) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a thin tan head. Sugary sweet aroma. Very smooth almost Bel candy like flavors. Bit of vanilla boozy flavor in the middle. Finishes with a hint of roast
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reebtogi (4039) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bomber pours deep black color with a finger of light brown head that settles to reveal some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits, roasted grains, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is a dark chocolate malty and dark fruit sweetness with a roasted grain and coffee bitterness. Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation leaving the palate pleasantly satisfied. Well done and recommended.
NBird (334) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks..cola black, tan medium head
Smells.. Dried dark fruits, dark choc, coffee, roasty malts and some liquorish.
Tastes.. Loads of choc, smokey and woody, some coffee. Lingering bitterness.
Niksko (306) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a fine tan head. Nose is coffee, raisin, sweet wood smoke, rum, cocoa. Flavor is loads of coffee, some charcoal, dark chocolate, raisin. Loads of smoke on the finish that kind of catches in the back of the throat. Fairly heavy body, but not over the top. Pretty lovely. The smoke is great and balances the sweetness really well.
BeerFunGuy (601) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a great coffee aroma. It has flavors of chocolate hazelnut and coffee it has a beautiful rich black color.
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drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour to snifter opaque black with large dark tan head. Nose full of roast, dark chocolate, light party smoke, dark fruit. Taste big dark roast up front, followed by decent bitterness. Mid palate sweet, then the dark fruit and chocolate. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the finish. Syrupy mouth.