barn0216 (405) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, medium head, nice lacing. Nose is smoke, burnt wood. Taste is smoked stout, coffee astringency, dark chocolate.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Black with a foamy tan head. Sweet chocolate coffee and molasses aroma. Medium bodied velvety bright palate. Tastes of chocolate coffee burnt grain and orange with an alcoholic finish. Pretty good.
bytemesis (3228) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours opaque black with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is pure smoke; not much else gets through. Flavor is more nuanced with smoke, coffee, dark roasted malts. Medium sweet with a light bitter finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Served a dark black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of lots of smoke and roasted chocolate malts with some light earthy hops and some vanilla and oak.
T - Starts off with some smoke and roasted chocolate malts with some earthy hops. Through the middle, more roasted flavors come through with some vanilla and oak. The finish is a mix of smoke with some roasted malts and earthy hops and a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and smoky finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very nice smoked Imperial Stout. Good smoke and roasted character and great balance overall.
BHeart (72) - - APR 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic spicy, smoky aroma. Dark brown with a nice brown head. Almost smells like an indra kunindra curry stout. Syrupy, mouth coating, brandy kick, smoky taste, packed with malty molasses flavors, slightly spicy aftertaste...really phenomenal.
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joeneugs (3263) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Beer Rev. It pours black with a brown head. The aroma is very smoky with chocolate and heavy roast. The flavor is smoked wood, chocolate, coffee and a strong roasted finish. Full bodied and nice. Very intense smoky/roasted finish.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a light brown head. Smoke and bacon aroma with malt. Bacon and toffee flavor. Medium-plus bodied. Bacon and toffee lingers with malt and light chocolate.
sonnycheeba (3570) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2012 Tap. Pours opaque black with extremely thick, frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma heavy smoke, ham, oak, dark fruit, and earthy hops. Flavor is heavy smoke and malt, light hops, and faint fruit esters; dry, smokey finish. Full body with medium carbonation and warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Naja’s. Pours opaque with a huge, creamy, thick brown head with long retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoke, coffee and nutty malt with bacon, earthy hops and prunes. Flavor is heavy malt, moderate smoke and meat with light hops, moderate bitterness, malt derived, with a dry finish. Full body, moderate warmth and carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Drake’s Barrel House pouring up very dark with mocha head and leaving behind a full sheet of lacing. The aroma offers up chocolate, dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a faint bacon sense that might only be my imagination conjuring up a bit of smokiness. The taste delivers bold dark roasted malts, sweet malts, some black strap molasses and then flowing into a mix of dark roasted coffee and burnt malts. Into the finish the modest ABV influence causes it to warm a tad and then there might be slivers of smoky bacon noticed from time to time. This is a really bold roasty brew where I’m struggling to find some influence from smoked malts.