BeerandBlues2 (10833) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2008. Pours black with an average, rocky, dark brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, nutty), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of prunes, dates, and smoke. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Bobby91w. Pours a pitch black with minimal tan head that fades into a ring around the edge. Nose is roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Taste is dark fruits up front, with roasted coffee beans, dry cocoa and ash with a slight bittering hop finish. Medium creamy mouth feel. Alcohol is well hidden but ti does have a warming effect. A nice stout. Thanks Bobby!
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. I owe a thank you to yem25 for sending me a complete set of all five stouts. Pours a dense black with a moderate dark brown head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left a partial coating of brown film with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is equally nice with again roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. A hint of black plum also in the flavor. Mild roast bitterness at the finish. Fairly smooth mouthfeel and full bodied. No hint of the 12% abv. Having now tried all five stouts, I’d rank this one and the blueberry as my top two choices. Thanks again, Ryan!
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Shared with Gabe. Poured black with nice big red head. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malt, and a little alcohol. Taste was chocolate , roasted malt, coffee, and caramel. Finished nice and smooth. Very good!
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last of the beers provided by stfun, thanks josh! Wow big head on this one. It was also red/toffee in color. Weak aroma compared to the rest of the line up. Taste was good though. Vanilla/caramel, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. None of the above over-powered or dominated the taste. Pretty much well blended together. Smooth creamy texture that was easy to drink. No trace of the 12 percent alcohol in there. Another winner by Dark Horse. Thanks josh for all the beers!
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, deep brown head. Mmmmm. Inviting aroma with chocolate and caramel, pipe smoke. Rich full flavors, berries and all of the coffee/chocolate toffee you can shake a stick at, humus....wow. Very, very nice. Alcohol well hidden; it’s a bit hot but more like 9% hot than 12% hot. Yummy stuff indeed.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
<i>From a 12oz Bottle.</i> Courtesy of Stine. Pitch black, opaque, oily pour with a finger of fizzy, roasted tan head. Aromas of black chocolate, molasses, toasted oats, and a whiff of mint. Shades of tobacco, dried prunes, and soft whispers of raspberry scented esters. Medium full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a smooth, oily texture. Flavors of chocolate and roasted malt ooze over the palate, supported by a charred raisin and prune underlying fruitiness. A touch of molasses sweetness makes a brief appearance mid-palate before finishing with a wave of intense roastiness, moderately warm alcohol, and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Well integrated flavors, awesome mouthfeel, and an enjoyable malt complexity come together with flawless execution. Thanks, Eben!
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from mmm///beer, thanks! Black pour with a choclate colored head that disappeared pretty quickly. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, raisins and a slight hint of booze. Flavor is very, very good. Flavor is bitter chocolate, molasses, toasted bread, and some espresso. Very nice. VERY nice.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: pours dark black with a good siazed tan head. aroma is great dark chocolate adn good roast, a nice amount of amltiness mingles in also. flavour is again awesome roast and bitter chocolate, great malt to blaend well with the roast and just a fantastic beer.
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Scored this through July’s Secret Santa. Thanks Saint Nick! 12oz bottle pours a deep, opaque black, with a thin, brown head that laced slightly and had a visibly thick, oily texture. Aroma of burnt toast, molasses, brown sugar, nuts, roasted coffee and distinct wood. Flavor is very nice and more subtle than other Imperial Stouts: brown sugar, maple syrupy, molasses, wood, toast, coffee, a little smoke, very earthy as well with a touch of tobacco. Very thick in the mouth and throat but otherwise the finish is slightly sweet. The mouthfeel takes away from the drinkability just a bit but otherwise a very nice, very drinkable Imperial Stout.