ericdevin (466) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via queenholly. Pours a deep, dark, brown, little bit of tan head. Aroma smoky, sweet chocolate, some lacto notes. Body rich, herbal, finish crisp, roasty, smooth. Fucking lovely. Just amazing.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2013 vintage.
Plead the Fifth pours a full onyx color with a rumbling mocha froth. The head recedes gradually, leaving the dark, viscous liquid with just a small island and a ring of tightly wound bubbles.
The aroma is deep and full, with an emphasis on dark chocolate and espresso notes. The dark chocolate is the strongest and deepest presence in my nose, with espresso, roasted malt, and a bit of oatmeal as well. Not much in the way of dark fruits.
Each sip has a huge burst of flavor. It starts off with a moderate sweetness that comes through with the dark chocolate, with full roasted notes unraveling in my mouth. There are some mostly hidden dark fruits in the middle, with a bitterness that grows along with a creamy espresso flavor. The bitterness seems to linger in the aftertaste and accumulate with each sip.
This beer is thick, although the body is not quite as big as I was expecting. There is a stickiness to it, but it is not overwhelming. I prefer a gentler body than an overly thick and syrupy body, for sure. With the alcohol well-hidden as well, this beer definitely drinks like a 8% imperial stout. The carbonation is creamy and adds a layer of smoothness to the beer.
Dark Horse makes some nice beers in the high ABV range. This is a strong imperial stout by any standard.
callmemickey (1863) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body, medium sized khaki head, spotty lacing. Roast, dark chocolate, caramel, some licorice, and some dark fruits. Medium to full bodied, assertive carbonation, a touchy boozy.
Inbreak (1073) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 Rerated 24.11.2013, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Small brown mediumlasting head. Aroma is rich and sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, toffee, chocolate, salty licorice, coffee, grass, hints of vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, dark sugar, sour coffee, licorice, cocoa, grass, ashtray, hints of alcohol. Longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice, some aging in the bottle has done this good compared to the (probably) fresher one @ Pony Bar.
26.06.2013, tap @ The Pony Bar NY:
Nice brown shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, toffee, coffee, chocolate, salty caramel, grass, hints of alcohol. Taste is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, coffee, grass, dark sugar, licorice, cocoa, alcohol, grass, pine needles. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough, nothing really special about it. Probably a lot better with some aging to it.
BSchnab (118) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasty sweet, appearance is black with small mocha head, taste is roasted and sweet, great beer
TET (1300) - FINLAND - JUL 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A black beer, a head is nicely brown and quite weak.The nose is great, liquirice is dominating, also salt liquirice, dark chocolate, some sweetness and dark fruits. Taste is powerfull, but also nicely balanced, roasted, dark chocolate, some lactose sweetness, coffee and salt liquirice, also dark fruitness is there in the background. In the end hops dries the mouth, but taste is not totally dry. Almost full bodied with almost velvet mouthfeel, but slightly sticky. High-quality and tastefull IS, a complex and enjoyable.
kaser (1760) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Monster stout. Tons of flavors hit you at once. Coffee and chocolate obviously - but back taste of raspberry cream and cocoa. This is super Rich like a cake. Dark black with brownest head I've seen. Awesome awesome beer. On tap at Jerry's in Ansersonvillle/Chicago
alliance100 (91) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Super chocolate and vanilla notes. Little bit of roast coffee on the finish. Overall a very drinkable imperial stout. Wish they made more!
HopTsing (399) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap poured a black brew with a thick brown head. Medium bodied with malty flavor ah hints of coffee.
tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Mekong shared with HopTsing. Very dark with dissipating mocha head and moderate lacing. Chocolate covered cherries and espresso beans. Taste reminds me of cordials. Generally like it a little dryer.