coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is black. No light penetration, at all. Pours like motor oil. Thick and viscous. Beautiful.
Two-finger head of chocolate colored foam that leaves a thin film. Excellent, even a bit oily, lacing.
Pure, unadulterated, friggin’ malt bomb. Huge malty notes with caramel, toffee, coffee and dark chocolate shining through. Underneath, there are loads of very ripe dark fruits. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Big roasted notes. Booziness.
What happened to that 18%ABV? Where is it?
Wow, this is much smoother than expected.
Freakin’ huge sweet roasted malts attack your pallette, in the most beautiful way. Dark chocolate and vanilla mixed with caramelized brown sugar. Red and black cherries. Plums and figs. Hints of bananas and pineapple. Hints of roasted nuts.
Remeniscent of a very fine Port wine. Only better.
Mouthfeel is big and oily, like I like it to be. Sadly, it lacks the creaminess that I think belongs here. Only a very slight amount of carbonation is here and I think that detracts from the overall experience.
Although this is 18%ABV, it’s so well hidden that I would love to drink these, one right after another. I totally think that you could, too. This is a tasty flippin’ brew. The only thing to worry about is standing up after three or four or twelve of these.
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2600th review! 12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2010D. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, date, cherry, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and dark fruit flavors; and smooth to sip on slowly. This is one of the most dark fruit forward imperial stouts I have had, but it was still really well balanced. A highly enjoyable offering.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on nitro-tap into a mini pint at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours pitch black, with a few highlights of brown, with a small film of head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.
S - Could there be any more booze in this one? A bit of roasted chocolate malt, licorice, and dark chocolate help bring some type of balance to this one. More and more booze seems to come out as it all warms up.
T - Lots of dark roasted flavors up front giving way to a bit of malty sweetness in the middle. Finish is quite hot, lingering for a very long time. Most of the flavors are similar to the nose. The initial flavors help dull the booze a bit but it is still far too overpowering.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The burn is not as bad as I thought it was going to be. It seems to just keep getting hotter and hotter as the beer comes to room temp.
D - This one is a one and done. I like this for what it is but the huge amount of booze just overpowers everything. I struggled to drink this much.
TheBeerVal (6) - - AUG 27, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very black. Dark coffee aroma. Tastes like roasty coffee with a nice alcohol warmth on the finish. Despite the alcohol taste, I’m still surprised that this is 18%.
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine stout which drinks like a sherry thanks to the high alcohol content. Pours black minimal tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries. Nice and chewy. Vinous flavors wrapped in chocolate with a hot finish. Good stuff.
ACHops (686) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ The Yard. Pours inky coal black with thin mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malt with huge notes of sweet molasses, port, rum, candi sugar, soy sauce, and big dark fruits - plums, raisins. Taste is likewise: thick syrupy malt, big dark chocolate malt, raisins, port, molasses, and brown sugar. Truly huge beer, with plenty of complexity to match the big abv. Very impressive.
ericdevin (763) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a deep reddish brown, lots of tan head. Aroma boozy, raisins, cognac. Body bites, prunes, apricots, candi sugar. Woof, yes. Relatively smooth.
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 mL botle. 2010 vintage. You’d think this one would age better. Alcohol sharpness is gone, but so are any subtleties this beer may have once had. Except the soya sauce. It is still large, but it’s not particularly interesting. Will have to re-rate with a fresher bottle.
ICEatALAMO (936) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The aroma is dark fruit, sweet and boozy. The taste has a lot of plum in it, a nice sweetness to it. Has a lot of characteristics of an olde ale to me. Very solid beer.
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Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black, smells of dark fruit and alcohol. Very warming in the back end with a dark fruit/caramel front.
Fritz123 (1001) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an oily jet black in a snifter at home. Shared with Edgar. Small mocha head that didn’t last long. Strong aroma of coffee, cocoa nibs, and dark chocolates. Heavy malt presence. The taste is super dark chocolate, coffee bean, slight vanilla, booze and more booze. It had a little metallic taste to it and for some reason didn’t seem to balance well for me. Finish is booze and coffee. Medium to full body, mild carb. Not really for me.