Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Originally reviewed: 12/10/10. Bottled on 2/28/10.
22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip. Pours a deep evil-looking black with a thick 3-finger mocha head on top. Excellent retention; left tons of lace on the glass. Big smoky nose, with hints of plum, milk chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Nice.
The mouth is thinner than I’d expect with how this bad boy sits in the glass. Pretty slick going down. Carbonation is light. Not coating at all. The smokiness is present in the flavor as well, but it is masked more by the coffee notes I’m getting. The finish is of mildly bitter black chocolate and licorice. This wasn’t anything special, honestly, but it is drinkable. The thin feel makes this one a gulper. Not bad, just not that great.
Cybercat (4288) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep sable with a good tan head. Aroma has caramel and coffee notes and is not too strong. Flavor has coffee, licorice and caramel notes. Smooth texture has average body and plenty of fizz.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with friends. Black appearance with a light brown head. Sweet, dark toasty malty, licorice, light vanilla aroma. Well carbonated. Dark candy chocolate, vanilla, dark fruity flavor with a roasty finish.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Part of a 09, 10, Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels side by side. From notes.
This pours a mahogany color with walnut edges. A creamy tan colored head retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.
Lots of roasted aroma. Fully roasted malt, coffee, a lot of smoke and tobacco. The smoke and tobacco do not fit my normal preferences.
The flavor follows the nose, although some dark fruit sweetness sneaks in here. Full roasted malt, and coffee are noticeable up front and provide a firm bitterness. It eases up with some general quick sweetness in the middle that has a general dark fruit quality to it. Some earthy hop flavors up the bitterness - the wrong direction for how the sip is progressing. Toward the end, the flavor turns almost acrid, with smoke and tobacco adding to a taste that is already fairly bitter. The 09 has smoothed out considerably, and maybe aging this beer is the formula to greater success.
As can be expected from any RIS, this has a full body, but only light/medium for the style. A smooth medium carbonation neither adds nor detracts from the taste experience, simply highlights it. Toward the end of the sip, it becomes slightly acidic like brewed coffee and feels astringent as well.
This is a little bit rough on the palate to be considered very drinkable. A year on the 09 bumped it up a bit, maybe more time would help.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour at Bill’s tasting, dark black pour with nice creamy khaki colored head, aroma has nice notes of dark chocolate, smoky ash, hints of coffee, caramel, and nice dark fruits laced in there. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, smoke and caramel mixing into dark fruits and vanilla, hints of further roasted malt before finishing fairly sweet.
beernbourbon (1426) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Blake at STL RB gathering, thanks man! Poured side-by-side with Bourbon barrel version. Pour is less viscous black than the barrel aged version with almost no head at all. Aroma is roasted malt with musty notes and a wet-concrete-like aroma that is minerally. Also hints of cocoa powder. Flavor has roasted malt and ashy notes that are absent in the barrel aged one. This is a very earthy and rugged brew. Not bad, but significantly different that the barrel-aged.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! This was a long-time want. Bottled 12/21/10. Pours an opaque coffee brown with a small tan head. Aroma of rich, roasted malts, charred wood, dark chocolate, licorice, black olives, and molasses. The flavor delivers the same notes, with more intensity in the roast and some dark fruit to boot. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Solid imperial stout but nothing special.
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was very roasty with lots of chocolate. The flavor was of some prunes, molasses and was both sweet and bitter with some chocolate and coffee. A very good Imperial Stout.
seymour (1750) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, side-by-side with Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel aged version. Fun label. Poured an opaque black color with average beige foam. Possessed most of the typical Imperial Stout aspects, but also some unpleasant sour and soy sauce problems. Hopefully this was just an off batch. I do love that they use so many organic ingredients.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - sampled at STL RB Gathering) Black with tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavors of coffee, toasted malt.