WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Bottle. A thick dark black motor oil pour with a thin coco colored head,light carbonation with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate,bitter coffee,and roasty/burnt malt,and a hint of smoke. WOW Flavor is of bitter coffee,dark chocolate,malt,caramel,vanilla,hints of oak,and alcohol,medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel, awesome bittersweet finish. This is outstanding in every way. Dark Horse Rocks !
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks StFun, been wanting to try this one for a while. Pours an oily black that allows zero light and I fucking loved it. Coaxed a thin dark chestnut brown head. The nose is rich, molasses, sweet, very mild soy sauce, portish character, dark cherry skins, coffee, mild roast. The flavor is rich, chocolate/coffee, molasses, nice dry bitterness, roasty, warming. Very velvety smooth/full mouthfeel with a warming finish. Loved it.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Pours deep black with a think brown head that disappeared almost immediately. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Very smooth yet huge body, this one lingers with a malt taste on the tongue. I describe this beer to others as drinking motor oil, although I canít speak to that from experience. Excellent Imperial Stout, my only wish would be for some bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts and that it is so complex its a lot to down one 12 oz bottle. Good stuff though
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DLD 09 ... Deep black ... good roast malts ... little coffee nose ... deep solid smooth roast ... lots of deep soft fruit malts ... little chocolate.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour thick black with a thin but dense brown head, the slowly disinigrated over abotu 10 minutes. nose had lots of bitter coffee and roated dark choclate. Flavor is nicely choclate with good roasty notes. Finishes smooth and fairly light for a Impy. Some alchol warming, but not overpowing. Lacks complexity, but increbily smooth for such a big beer.
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Used motor oil black with a deep brown head. Dark, smoky, sweet malt aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate with a strong hop bitterness and lingering roasty chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol presence actually feels fairly light for the ABV (though itís clearly there). Very tasty, could be a bit more complex.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with thin brown head that does not stick around very long. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee, really not smelling much more. Flavor is a little bitter, roasted malt, sweetness comes later, coffee, some chocolate notes. Finish is smoother than expected. Not as much complexity as I would like. A little alcohol burn but hides 12% well.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from United (Cardinal) Liquors in Frankfort, Illinois: This pours an opaque, intensely dark mahogany body with a brown film - then skinny ring - then nothing for a head. No lace. The aroma is dark, sweet roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a rooty earthiness. The flavor sees the addition of some vanilla, bitter coffee, and lots of alcohol. It finishes sticky sweet with an earthy bitterness and a steady alcohol burn. Pretty good.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks TampaBrew for the share. Pours dark cola brown with dark tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and booze. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and lingering chicory. Awesome flavor with lingering chicory and vanilla in the finish.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black. Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Slight boozy smell. Taste is roasty malts, chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol sweetness.