Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from the brewery bottled 012512. Pours a near pitch black color with not much of a head. Aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, soy, hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bitter chocolate, caramel, espresso, faint hops. Medium-full bodied, chewy. Exceptional.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
122111 bottle thanks to billschmeinke. Pours with a inky consistency, black hue, tan head, rich chocolate, marshmallow, iodine, licorice, campfire, dates, deep caramel and toasted malt. Milk chocolate. Flavors are aged. Soil, licorice, nutty, iodine, chocolate. Ashy, brown sugar, marshmallow, quite sweet, campfire. Fading, ashy, meh. Medium-low carbonation, rich body. Kind of faded.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Super thick black wax showed a rusty cap underneath. Uh oh. Pours ink black with quickly fading medium beige head. Smell is thick tarry malts, chocolate, sugary residue , hints of dark fruits. Taste is a very mellowed out chocolate, coffee, spot on sweetness, a bit of char, some anise. Really just a smooth finish. Finishes medium to full, medium sweet with the creamy residual mouthfeel. Not overly complex but quite nice.
Travlr (20242) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewvival. Almost totally black, brown head. Aroma of burnt espresso and bitter cocoa. Taste is coffee grounds and dark chocolate on toast. Tasty.
wedgie9 (2585) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 02/23/10
Tasted on 1/7/13 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade quite a while ago. Pours extremely dark brown with an average brown head that very slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is super dark with tons of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a touch of smoke, and an almost fruity molasses note. The flavor is the same with the coffee, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, smoke, and just a touch of vanilla and nice bitterness. The body is full with average but soft carbonation and a long bitter dark chocolate and coffee, lightly smoked, and hint of vanilla finish.
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with light tan head. Nose of coffee, caramel, toasted malts, vanilla. Sweet, toasty malts, hint of alcohol, coffee, bitter. Really nice but could use some age.
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mcberko (12863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 2010 vintage. 22 oz. bottle, sent from cory_king (thanks Cory), pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoky malts, coal, chalk and bitter cocoa. Flavour is very coal-like, with a chalky-feel. There is some light smoked malt, a bit of roast, and loads of coal and chalk. No sweetness or roast - this is really overtaken by the coal and chalk. Full-bodied and thick like tar. A drinkable, but flawed impie. I wonder if this is what they were going for.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage shared at the Star Wars tasting. Big thanks to Mike (mikeincharleston) for the bottle! 22 oz bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Bottled 12/21/10.
A: Pours a very dark black with a thin mocha head forming on the pour. Subsides to thin cap that leaves minimal sheets of lace behind.
S: Roasted malts with a subtle dark fruit note in the background. Definitely sweet figs and more earthy dates. Dried oats and some light chocolate.
T: The roasty of this guy is crazy. Roasted malts and dried oats. Dark fruits with a dark chocolate bitterness. There is some light smoke to this and the finish reminiscent of sweet malts.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a below average carbonation level with a heavy drying from the roasted malts.
O: Definitely a solid stout. Not out of this world, but it was aged nicely and I look forward to trying a fresh batch of this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-08-2012
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Pours black with a light-brown head. Kind of a standard boring RIS, with your typical coffee/chocolate interplay and maybe a little smokiness and bread. Doesn’t stand out whatsoever.
Huhzubendah (3376) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while. Thanks Jonathan!
Blackbeerd appears a near black with a small, tan head. The aroma is extremely roasty, potentially masking any of the more subtle flavors I might discover. The beer is definitely tasty. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish. I found the carbonation level too low for my liking. This was a decent beer, but not quite in the upper echelon of imperial stouts.