MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty aroma with hint of dates and raisins. Some alcohol in the aroma. Lots of dark malty goodness wafts up from the creamy, dark tan head. Pitch black color. Creamy, with roast malt bitterness balancing the malt sweetness. Lingering chocolate malt astringency. Can taste what is almost like vanilla, but not quite. Not any sign of alcohol in the flavor. Just rich, sweet malt and lots of roast. Easy drinking RIS. Probably too easy drinking. This beer could get you in trouble quickly. I think I want to get in to trouble, so I’m pouring another bottle...
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle in a snifter. POurs black with a thick, lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts. Very strong of roasted malts with very little coffee and chocolate and hops. Thick texture. A great beer.
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, from Alko Arkadia, 20110513) The beer poured almost black. Its head was small and light brown. Aroma had liquorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and hops. Palate was full bodied and bit on the dry side with quite high carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, hops, liquorice, saltiness, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste was bitter and ashy. Good imperial stout. All the flavours were strong but not a single one was too extreme.
after4ever (6941) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy tan head that takes forever to get started--slowest surge on record. Leaves tons of sheeting lace. Mild coffeeish nose, but mostly roasty. Sweet and chocolatey too. Creamy medium body, fairly sticky, definitely on the high side of medium. Roast, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of char on the mid palate. Longish roasty finish. not exactly a revelation in the world of big RISes.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
10.14 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown that admits no light when in the glass. Perpetual 1/2" tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, licorice, leather, and a hint of bourbon. Taste is hoppy and boozy on the front end with strong aftertastes of coffee and bourbon. As it warms, I noticed a chocolate note. On the palate it is a bit too watery and lively for an 11% imperial stout. A bit unbalanced- this beer is too bitter and too boozy. May benefit from some time in the cellar. A bit disappointed at $5 for a really small bottle.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep solid black with a micro tan head. The aromas are baker’s chocolate, oatmeal, a touch of booze. The flavors are semi sweet chocolates, light doses of dried dark fruits, powdered sweet malts, heavy roasted malts build towards the middle with some dried darker roast coffee bean. This makes things seem drier then earlier. The mouth is full bodied with a thinner feel that becomes drying. Overall a solid IRS.
SSSteve (4007) - - APR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. not opaque black with small head. roasty dark chocolate and toasted malt nose. palate is silky smooth although a bit boozy. flavor has notes of dark chocolate and bitter charred malts. no sweetness here. minimal influence from the oak barrel.
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet dark chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations.
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10.14oz bottle curtesy of Matt from Capones - thanks! Pours a dark black, no head or lacing - seems to be hazy. Malts, alcohol, some grains. Odd taste - bitter but a cloying sweetness, not bad finish but nothing to write home about.
jookos (3918) - FINLAND - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black, full, a bit sweet malty, but not disturbing. liquorish, a bit of coffee. heavy on the palate. not too overpowering. long, smooth, with the roasted malt clearly shining through.