vtafro (2173) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Roasted coffee, dark sugar, and some light chocolate, next too a bit of alcohol warming. Ten percent isnít hidden well at all.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter swing-top; thanks alex!! pours thin, jet black with thin tan head forming along the edges; smoky and super dry; chocolate, roast and burnt toast; bitter coffee and burnt malts; level of smoky is mildly harsh at first, but as it warms a rich balance emerges; pretty damn good
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from MaltOMeal.
Pours a deep black with an aroma of coppery chocolate powder and faint smoke. Flavor is smokey alcohol-soaked chocolate bacon. Lingers on the tongue. Very tasty.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Smokepot23 at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours an oily opaque with a small froth of dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with a smooth dark fruitiness. Starts with good fullness and a rich dark chocolate flavor with earthy bittering hops and a smooth mocha finish. Well-balanced and fairly complex. A good imperial stout.
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, flip-top bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is smokey with roast malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-to-thick and creamy. Very nice.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: A fantastic looking pour on this one! The beer is thick and black with a mild tan head.
S: The nose is incredibly roasty and smokey. Thereís a lot of roasted malt, char, and a slight vanilla and chocolate sweetness to it.
T: The smoke character is even more intense in the flavor. The char is big and bold with some peat notes and a generally smokey flavor. The chocolate is not anywhere near as noticeable here.
M: This is most definitely a full bodied beer with a low carbonation, which is great for big stouts like this one.
D: The intense flavor makes this beer a bit tough to drink too much of, but the lack of alcohol presence in the nose or flavor does help out a bit.
yespr (28711) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 L bottle. Dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark fruity and hard roasted malty. Smooth roasted and dark malty. Liqourice and dark breadish. Lingering dark malty finish. Smooth and nicely balanced.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Boozy sweet aroma with roasted malts and light notes of molasses. The flavor is roasty and chocolatey with some molasses sweetness and a light smoky edge. Pretty good.
Sammy (7734) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Very good IS bottle brought from a rater from Capones for me, so I shared it with a couple people at the Rattle íNí Hum Cigar City Takes NYC event, best is sharing it with Wayne and Joe. Dark black, with a Caesar white head. Chocolately. Not different than other well brewed RIS about.
TeamTrappist (829) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Poured a rich dark brown. Nose is bourbon and big roasted malts. Lightly carbonated but oh so drinkable. Strong rich big malts and lots of bourbon hints. Excellant.