mathieuc (2359) - Quťbec, Quebec, - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Remember that coffee pot that you let cool down in the morning? Take a whiff, this is exactly what this smells like. Not sure if it should qualify as a positive, but it is an imperial coffee stout so yeah. At least it is not ashy like some of them are. Pretty intense roasted aroma/flavor as advertised, with a hint of sweetness. Ultimately it comes out to me like wet, cheap brand coffee grounds though... but itís still quite drinkable mind you. It had a nice moka head but now it has diminished into a small brown-ish ring. Alcohol is expertly hidden for such an ABV. I thought I would rate this one higher so the cheap coffee thing going on must be affecting me more than I thought. Iím still drinking though.
2012-11-23: Iím glad to report that a second bottle didnít have that unpleasant smell so Iím bumping it up just a little. Nothing spectacular to me still.
malrubius (2186) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Julios. Black with dark brown ring and some lace. Boozy burnt caramel toast aroma with a touch of fruit and dark chocolate. Very roasted boozy caramel dark chocolate espresso and dark fruity sweetness with very roasted woody boozy finish and a hint of grape cough syrup. Full body. Oily body. Very good.
JStax (3980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a dark brown with a khaki colored head of foam. Thin head, and it dissipates quickly. Decent lacing. The aroma reminds me of cocoa powder. Chocolaty and sweet. The taste lends more of a roasty bitterness, but overall, the sweetness still is the predominant characteristic. There is a touch of something a little ashy in here. Maybe the alcohol is coming through in that way. I get a bit of raisin the more I sip. Bigger body. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation with lots of very tiny bubbles. All things considered, this beer is pretty damn good. I would love to have it again sometime.
Christpuncher (2186) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong chocolate and roasted malt flavored with some smokiness. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Finishes really bitter and chocolatey. Had out of a bottle at home.
Homer321 (2897) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Nose is big black roasted malts and dark chocolate coffee but stops short of being burnt. Black pour with small brown head. Some light tobacco and molasses as it warms. Taste is super roasted with a full silky mouthfeel. So much roast it seems acrid and sharp. After a few sips it becomes way more palatable and the alcohol comes out a bit. Silky mouthfeel but the roast, alcohol, and body never seem to truly come together in harmony. Maybe with some age this would come together to be better. Still a solid beer.
jrodooo5 (1299) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Velvety smooth!! Beautiful black pour w/ a mocha head & some lacing. The aroma is black liquorice & booze. Taste is light roast, chocolate, & toffee as itís quite complex! The mouthfeel is what really sets this beer apart tho! So light & smooth for the abv! Deliciousness!!
Freaky_tiki (812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tend to avoid imperial stouts in hot weather. So the minute this week long Toronto heat wave broke & the humidity disappeared like Stephen Harperís integrity & the themometer dipped to 21 degrees, I ran the the fridge & grabbed this beauty. Gifted from Hippyhop -- thanks man! Pours Keystone Pipeline oil spill black with a skinny finger of mocha foam as a cap. Nose is coffee shop. Taste is beautiful: dark roasted cup of cofee with a semi-sweet bar of chocolate melted in it. Not in your face & thatís probably why I love it so. This is sipping heaven.
halfonit (1243) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma is very roasted, some bittersweet chocolate and chalky, coal-like notes. Flavour is heavily roasted, with loads of chocolate malt, some wood, oats, but the chocolate and roast dominate this one. Very robust and uncompromising, without being brutal in any way. Excellent stuff.
chinchill (3228) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013? bottle of Grande Noirceur with 9% ABV listed.
Essentially black colored body with a semi-durable tan head and decent lacing.
Aroma: slightly sweet, medium and dark malts with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Milder than expected, especially after tasting it.
The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains with a bit of char and smoke. Appropriately bold for style with partially hidden alcohol.
O: relatively dark-roasted version of the style thatís certainly worth a try.
GlasgowTAD (737) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a huge brown head. Aroma is malts, caramel, slight figs and a bit of coffee. Taste is coffee, figs, raisins, dates, cocoa bitterness and slight caramel. Full bodied with thick mouthfeel.
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 330 ml) Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Light coffee and lots of caramel in the aroma. Some hints of cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee flavor at the start with a rather bitter middle and a heavily bitter and roasted finish. Some light hints of the chocolate at the end.