Drake (8700) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and a bit of tobacco. The taste is very bitter roasted malts, caramel, coffee, nutty notes and a bitter hoppy finish. A faint bit of booze. Full bodied. Decent beer.
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pitch black with a big tan head. Aroma of rubbing alcohol, olives and chocolate. Roasty chocolate flavor with some creaminess and a bitter coffee finish.
larsniclas (5699) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SBWF-10
Pitch black with a smalle beige/orange head.
Vinous chocolate with marcipan.
Too much alcohol coming through.
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a frothy brown head. Sweet aroma with chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and molasses. Taste is slightly more bitter with light licorice, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses and toffee. Body is medium-full and rich with a soft, creamy carbonation. Ends with more bitterness, licorice notes, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malt.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.16oz bottle, 2010 edition, from grape & gourmet. pours a deep, dark brown with a one-finger, dark beige head and sticky lacing. aroma is very nice, definitely interesting, with big, bitter dark chocolate, tary cherries, orange peels, and sweet wood with notes of espresso and licorice. flavor is delicious with big, dark, roasted malts, burnt espresso, dark chocolate and red, vinous fruits with light hints of oak and campfire smoke. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a long, bitter, roasted finish. overall, a very tasty imperial stout.
Frank (2965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice big stout from the Netherlands. It is completely opaque black in color with only a small bit of head and a few splotches of lace. The nose is of roast malt, old coffee w/ a twinge of tart cherries. I’d say it only smells OK but the texture more than makes up for it. There is just a great mouthfeel on this beer--rich and creamy, thick but not too heavy w/ only the gentlest touch of warming alcohol mixed in. I actually cannot think of a stout that I’ve had w/ nicer texture. This is really up w/ the best of the style. What makes this all the more amazing is, quite honestly, it doesn’t taste like anything special. The flavor follows the nose, which is to say it is sort of a mushy conglomeration of coffee and stone fruit flavors but, honesty, it’s hard to mind that much since it just feels so great. Finishes w/ a load of sweetness and a hefty does of some earthy coffee-like bitterness. I have to actually wonder if maybe my bottle was not in the freshest state even though it was still pretty great. I’d really like to have a go at a known to be fresh bottle.
zizzybalubba (1479) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Thick, nearly black pour with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Smoky malt flavor dominates from the first sip followed by dark roasted espresso and bitter chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied. Very good but the malt is so roasted there is a bit of bitterness in the flavor.
doublebock (509) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black with beige head. Aroma of port and sweet malt. Taste of espresso, cola and grapes. Finish is creamy with a burst of lingering fresh hops to balance the high alcohol content.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dave for sharing! Dark pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is meaty, roasty, and chocolate. Flavor is full on roast (on the verge of smokey), bakers chocolate, dark fruit and toffee
JanEric (1027) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, small mocca coloured head. Malts roasts in the nose, with strong espresso and dark chocolate and some caramel. Reasonable bitter, not the most bitter stout, but complex, same espresso in the taste, alcohol very well hidden. Warming, with a smooth and likeable bitter finish. Very nice.