michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of malt, roasting, chocolate, maple, and caramel. Poured very dark brown/ruby, not "midnight-black," in color with a tiny, tan head that disappeared. Clear. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing, despite the tiny head. Flavor is slightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, slight alcohol, and some caramel. Medium body. Thinish texture. Zero carbonation. Roasted malt, and chocolate finish. 9.5%ABV is rather present in the flavor.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is served in an attractive snifter with a small but thick creamy-brown head. The aroma has strong malty notes with hints of cherry and apricots. The flavor has complex malty notes with figs and nuts. The mouth-feel is amazing - full bodied and warm.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle, graciously sent to me by TheEepiest. The pours results in an opaque, pitch black body that is capped with a thick, swirly, light brown head. Settling in to a small, taught layer with a bubbly edge, the head leaves scattered, spotty lacing on the glass. The nose is quite nice, showing a deep and complex blend of dark cocoa, coffee roast, burnt caramel, licorice and fig. The balance between roast and sweetness is spot on, with a good amount of earthen hops there to lend backup bitterness. There’s also a touch of creamy lactose, which smooths the nose out very well. The flavor follows suit, deliciously balanced, with notes of mocha, dark chocolate, and roasty espresso, with hints of vanilla and lactose lending a creamy element. Medium-full, balanced and smooth, the palate is near perfect, it’s only flaw being a bit of a syrupy feel on the finish. Damn, this is the best new RIS I’ve had in a while. Excellent beer.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at MuckFest 09! Thanx to Ogglethorpe for sharing this growler.Poured dark and gloomy with a small tan head. Chocolate and nutty nose.Flavor was semi sweet chocolate, bitter with hints of coffee.A nice smooth finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: June 14, 2009
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, dark caramel sweetness, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruits
Body: big creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate and roasted flavor, dark caramel adds balancing sweetness, caramel sweetness brings out a milk chocolate character, light fruityness, touch of coffee, light bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special thanks to Beerlando for this brew. Pours a thick dark black with a huge malt profile. Lots of roast and chocolate. Flavors are mostly roast and chocolate, without a whole lot of sweetness. Very good R.I.S.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 1. Black pour with a thin tan head. Chocolate aroma with some booze, vanilla and coffee. Chocolate malt flavor with some oaky vanilla and a roasty finish. Very good.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Muckfest 2009 in Lancaster Ohio. Dark brown pour. Light creamy head. Aromas of roasted chocolate and nuts. Flavor was woody. Also full of chocolate and toast. Very nice brew.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler graciously shared by TBS. Poured dark brown with a nice creamy beige head. Aroma of big roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Taste is also very big with lots of roasted malt, more vanilla and oak, some faint dark fruit. Finish is smooth and little warming. Mouth was big and creamy. Overall, a great imperial stout.
DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2012 Wow, I always knew Dock Street was a major player in beerdom, but this one blew me away. Draft at Craft, you daft outcast. I had it last week, and had it again today to reaffirm my rating, and my rating was reaffirmed big time. The pour is onyx, with no light transmittance detected at all, and a 2-finger, clingy, very brown head. The nose is great; a medley of roasty dark malt, dark chocolate, figs, molasses, oaky earthy notes, and spicy sandalwood. The palate is hefty, rich, well balanced, very complex, with no hitn of the massive alcohol content. The flavor is heavily dark malty, semi-sweet, with rich dark chocolate, fig, molasses, dark fruit, late hops, and a super smooth finish that will cause you to want to drink this until you fall over. Wonderful, just absolutely wonderful beer. Get ya some, and get ya some today!!