tillmac62 (420) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOD 4/1/15. Pours black as a starless night. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Rich complex nose of dark fruit (plum, prune, date, fig), chocolate, molasses and roast over a subtle hop background. Although not barrel aged, a distinct bourbon note is quite evident
Full body with a nice creamy texture. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a subtle burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is good with a rather strong intensity of alcohol that tends to mute everything else, which hurts complexity and results in a lack of balance. However, after about half a glass, the palate adjusts to the raw alcohol and does allow for flavor complexity to emerge (translation - this is a sipper). It begins with a wave of dark chocolate over a rich molasses sweetness. The middle brings allows the dark fruit flavors to emerge, which are predominately prune and date. The finish is a slow sweet fade with a somewhat astringent alcohol bite, coupled with the associated heat and pucker, and bourbon like flavor.
kermis (6958) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of roast, slightly burnt malt, caramel, dark chocolate, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (6575) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Thanks.
thin creamy tan head. chocolate aroma. very nice beer.
Christpuncher (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is way under rated. Got a growler at a liquor store in myrtle beach. Strong roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavor. Finishes with a coffee fisnish and not overly bitter. Perfectly balanced beer. Black with a thin tan head.
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jredmond (6284) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at Frank’s January 2015 tasting. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin tan lacing. Aroma is sweet roast, light lactose and sharpie marker. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of sweetness upfront followed by roast, sweet nuts - macadamia & almonds, faint smoke and sweet malts. I wish this didn’t have the vague sharpie character, otherwise it’d be pretty good.
djd07 (6034) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast and wet biscuit. Thin mouthfeel with strong roast, and dark chocolate, good.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ RBWG Asheville After Party. Deep brown pour with a small head. Roasted earth, dark chocolate malt. Pretty standard impy stout flavor. Hints of licorice. Dark chocolate, hot toffee. Thick and oily. Full.
olr1984 (1324) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle sampled at dark lord day. pours a dark black with a tan head. chocolate and dark fruit taste
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, big thanks to Chris for this one! Deep black pour, smallish but pretty tan head. Nose and flavor are lovely, with good roasted bitterness to balance out nice sweet chocolate, black licorice, hints of cherry and plum. Not as rich or complex as something like Expedition, but lots going on, and not overwhelming. Really well done.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, scantily clad lace all over my glass. Smooth, silky roasted malts. Viscous body carries everything well. Damn, I really enjoy this.