Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black. Rich dark chocolate and dark fruit nose. Rich, creamy, decadent brew with lots of chocolate, subtle coffee complexity and dark fruitiness. Dry finish. We went back for more.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Mellow Mushroom, Charleston. Rich black with small tan head. Rich aroma of tar, berries, and dark chocolate. Medium carbonation and fun mouthfeel. Long lingering roastiness. Rich creamy body with lots of coffee, dark dark chocolate, smooth and robust, and very very nice! One of SC’s best brews.
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at trade show. Beer poured a true black with huge brown foamy head. Smells of malt, cocoa, coffee, and more. Taste was smooth, creamy, and delicious. Best of the show.
jrob21 (2706) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very drinkable and smooth impy stout with no hint or burn of a 10+% beer. Pour is topped with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and cocoa sweetness. Flavors were dominated by the rich chocolate malt and had a chalky cocoa like texture. Finishes with a tinge of hop bitterness to set you on your way.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 Poured from a growler shared by Ding at the Brick Store poured into a tulip.
Pours nearly black with only hints of mahogany coming through the edges. There was a short-lived tan head that left a little lacing.
The aroma was was pretty rich with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and some sugary sweetness.
The taste was on the sweeter side of things, like a dessert. Lots of molasses and dark malts with semi-sweet chocolate and the faintest hint of hops.
The mouthfeel was fairly heavy and dessert-like with minimal carbonation.
This is a very good stout and certainly a sweeter version of an RIS. Big thanks to Ding for the opportunity.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of bitter roasted malt, some nice pronounced caramel, dark fruit, some chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt with a nice layer of bitterness, some coffee, hints of fruit. Some brown sugar on the finish. All in all a nice beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks BrianK. Black body amber tan head. Smoke, dark chocolate vanilla. Lots of etoh. A bit creamy with some coffee and toffee. decent.
argo0 (11736) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Small tan head atop cola-dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, bittersweet chocolate, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, milk/bittersweet chocolate, roast, some caramel, plum. Medium-full body, light alcohol burn.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Thanks, Tom! Pours a very dark, chocolate brown color; light tan head with decent retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Roasted malts, dark / bitter chocolate, and cocoa in the aroma; basic, roasted imperial stout nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: roasted / charred malts, dark chocolate, some bitter coffee and nougat; decent, reasonably well-composed imperial stout, but nothing special. Medium finish: toasty malts, bread, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate.
3fourths (8314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 22oz bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours dark brown/cola color with some red light at the bottom of the glass. Minimal head from the pour but it swirls us nicely into a thick cake of brown colored foam. Nice nose of sweetened chocolate and roast, some toffee as well, pretty much a basic imperial stout nose but done quite well. Silky and smooth on the palate, then some faint roast/coarseness over the back, a light touch of alcohol, some very faint sweetened black plums, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice imperial stout.