Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 22oz black waxed bomber pours very dark with a full firm mocha colored head of foam. The aroma delivers sweet bourbon, chocolate malt balls, black strap molasses and as it warmed more and more boozy bourbon like notes. Wow, the taste is rich and full and lingers for days. I get smooth bourbon and sugary bourbon hard candy moving into black strap molasses and a black patent like burnt note. Damn, this is a sipper for sure and I poured too much as the bourbon like booze notes build up quickly and become too much before long. Behind those notes is a pleasing oasis consisting of dark chocolate, a bit of coconut and vanilla as well as prune to date to fig like sweet dark fruity esters. Nice sipper for sure.
swoopjones (6108) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, great beer, dark pour, full mouthfeel. big flavors of chocolate, dsrk fruits, figs, dates, multiple flavor levels that meld together smoothly. very nice
radiomgb (2321) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour with a thin lasting tan head, light lacing.
Aroma is of bananas, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar.
Flavour is of chocolate, burnt malts, roasty, dark fruits, smoke.
Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation.
Finishes long, roasty, sweet and quite warming.
SpringsLicker (3163) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Let’s Pour R.I.P.
Black pour with a fleeting tan head.
Aroma of molasses and cocoa.
The flavor is slightly sweet with bitter roast malts balancing out the sweetness.
Smooth cocoa throughout. Nice sipper.
ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle.
Aroma is chocolate forward with a background roast and faint smokiness. Just a hint of peat with moderate spice character. Moderate dark fruit and fig character with some raisin. Medium light alcohol spice and light oak character. Spice character seems to be cinnamon, anise and clove.
Pours black with a small, thick mocha head that recedes to a small wisp of foam in the center of the glass. No lacing and moderately long, viscous legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with sweet, rich chocolate upfront. Some medium light roast, faint smoke and light tobacco follow along with some moderate fruit notes, mostly fig but also prune and raisin. A light leather character. Spice comes through in the finish with lingering chocolate, roast and and leather. Spice seems to be cinnamon, clove and anise like in the aroma. Some faint oak notes and medium light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and slightly oily with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer but the finish doesn’t quite work for me. The spice character doesn’t work with the alcohol and lingering roast character. Nice fruit notes.
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was barrel, dark fruit, and caramel. Flavor was similar, light smoke and chocolate too. Decent.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"A wonderful rich chocolate aroma greets the nose right off. Good doses of roasted malt, and a dark fruit cornucopiaas well. The flavor is still sweet, but not overly so like last years was inching towards. Great full, smooth body, and a solid balanced flavor. Loving this as an after dinner type brew. A treat!"
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues and brown head . Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, figs, molasses. Taste is very sweet, a bit hot, medium bodied. Overall, pretty good.
jcartamdg (2050) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours jet black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of booze and bitter roast. Taste is roast, booze, dark fruit, dates and figs. Not for me
berntholer (996) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beige head leaves some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is boozy, cardamon, vanilla. taste like aroma with some coffee notes and a bitter aftertaste. the spice is overpowering, but still enjoyed it a lot, well executed imho, but one glass is enough. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 50cl
Theydon_Bois (9720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, massive thanks to Endo - king of PDX for gifting me this one, split with Simon at 20MR 03/08/14.
Mid black with a well appointed tan covering that just sits and watches and never wains, perfect retention - 5/5!
Nose is malt forward, cocoa powder, liqourice, light mineral and spice, dark toffee.
Taste is a full on chocolate malt shake, chocolate maltesers, faint liqourice, dark fruit vibes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth and massaging on the palate.
Superb imperial porter.