ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color with great opacity. The head is a one finger khaki color with low retention. On the plus side, this leaves nice lacing where it can.
S: It’s very rich with coffee, as expected. There are also underlying notes of dark fruit, roasted malts, and plenty of chocolate. It really does strike me as being similar to a good mocha cappuccino. Actually, make that a great one.
T: Well, it smells like mocha cappuccino, and it tastes like mocha cappucino. Man, this is fuckin’ tasty. It starts off with subtle roast, before giving way to an explosion of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee - lots of coffee, actually. I love how it stays in balance despite all of the intense yet competing flavors. I’m amazed how the coffee comes across as being both subtle and monstrous at the same time.
M: On the sweeter side of a stout in terms of how it finishes and lingers on the palate. There isn’t much coffee or roasted dryness here - the oats dominate the palate with lush, decadent smoothness. The low carbonation is appropriate for this beer’s profile.
O: The only thing this really lacks is drinkability - but that’s more of a testament to the staying power of the brilliant flavors than anything else. This is everything I want from a coffee stout. I expected something great here...yet this is so much more. It’s bold and massive, yet there’s a real sense of finesse and sophistication here.
GreatDane1632 (397) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes taken on 18 Jul 2013 -- The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a decent off white foamy one finger head that had a decent amount of fading lacing trying to coat the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice authentic roasty coffee of sorts with a decent light milk chocolate as it warms. The taste was a decent light sweet overcoating some bittering hops. The aftertaste was super nice and roasty with a super nice dry roasty finish. Overall this is my favorite Imperial Stout to have on hand "just because".
Darkmagus82 (1426) - - SEP 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-21-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance –The brew pours a pitch black color with a two finger brown colored head. The head fades rapidly at first leaving a small persistent brown head that fades slowly over time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of chocolate, coffee and molassas. Mixed with these smells are some aromas of vanilla as well as smells of some oatmeal.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet flavor of chocolate and oatmeal and dark fruits A strong coffee flavor, much stronger then the nose depicted, came to the tongue and was mixed with a light vanilla taste that grows stronger as the flavor advances. During this time the oatmeal like flavors grow in intensity from the beginning to the middle of the taste, only to dwindle some as the flavor moves on to the end. In the end, while the brew still maintains a high level of sweetness, it bitters slightly with a more burnt coffee like flavor coming to the tongue to leave a sweet and more roasted coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the creamier side, but has a high level of smoothness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower than average side. It is pretty nice for the style with it coasting the mouth in its robust flavors. The only thing that may have accentuated the oat flavors slightly more would have been a slightly chewier body, but even so, it was nice overall.
Overall – A rather enjoyable, sweet and coffee accentuating stout. A rather god drinker and one to try.
DocMcGrain (16) - Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent stout, but not the top of my list. It's even, full-bodied, and doesn't have a bitter taste at any point. It smells fantastic, and had a definitive coffee flavor. Overall a decent beer that I would love to try on tap.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Dr_Fellini (431) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep black to brown color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, peppery spice. Flavor is a nice mix of roasted malts a light coffee bitterness with a touch of chocolate. Medium body with a lingering coffee bitterness and cacao sweetness. Very tasty indeed.
BiiruBierBeer (177) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Green pepper smell.
Coffee, roasty, and bitter taste.
Medium sharp carbonation.
djd07 (3646) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy brown with small frothy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong coffee roast, dark chocolate, and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with nice spice, roasted coffee, dark chocolate with sweet finish, very good.
KyotoLefty (6504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle. Nose of coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Nice lace on black. The body is a bit too thin, flavor of cola, coffee, vanilla, bitter finish. Good, but gets too thin and watery compared to the nose.
jeremyh70 (719) - Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. Pours a completely opaque black with a big, creamy dark khaki head that sustains well and leaves good lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate, mild brewed coffee, sweet molasses, some vegetal and umami and a mild cellared quality. Taste has coffee, fudge, dark chocolate, a little cherry and mild roastiness followed by bitter bakers chocolate. Aftertaste has some charred roasty bitter and a little of the cellared notes and chili pepper vegetal quality. Finishes dry with roasty bitter that builds and lingers. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium/full bodied with low carbonation. Forgot to review this the first time I had it but a year and a half of age hasn’t really hurt this beer as much as I feared. I’m sure the coffee has dropped out somewhat but the vegetal notes that coffee beers get with age were neither strong or distracting. This was a nice surprise and one I enjoyed very much.
bytemesis (3227) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to RJ5020. Pours opaque black with a small brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving a ring that laces well. Aroma is heavy coffee, whiskey, roasted malts. Flavor is roasty, cocoa, anise, lots of coffee, espresso, medium sweet and light bitter, bit of ashtray. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel, some acidity. Pretty nice.
nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in several trades.
Sometimes this was poured into a nonic and other times it was poured into a snifter. For the most part, there wasn’t any difference.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a decent off white foamy one finger head that had a decent amount of fading lacing trying to coat the sides of the glass but doesn’t for the most part.
The smell had a nice authentic roasty coffee of sorts with a decent light milk chocolate entering in on the side (as it warms).
The taste was a decent light sweet overcoating some bittering hops. The aftertaste was super nice and roasty with a super nice dry roasty finish.
On the palate, this one wanted to show me a decent light on the body, but for the most part, it sat closer to a medium on the body. Sessionability, hmmm...maybe, could have one or two in a session...hmmm...it wants to show a decent sipper quality to it, but for some odd reason, its not quite there.
Overall, for the most part, this is still a wonderful brew to have and as someone who lives in Southeast Alaska, this is a super wonderful brew to have almost any time of the year up here because its never overly freakin’ hot. I would love to have more of this.