brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 release on tap at Dain’s in Durham. Poured a dark black with a one finger brown head. LOTS of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and even a little fruitiness. Flavor was roasted malt, dark (and I mean dark) chocolate, fruit (raisin?) with a nice hoppy finish. Full body with light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that almost goes down like a chocolate milkshake. Alcohol sneaks up on you afterwards and warms the cheeks. Awesome.
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle grabbed by friend in Winston Salem, rich sharp pennies in there, this years vintage. Rich sweet malts, not too much roast or balance to the sweetness. A little obsolete
Homer321 (1810) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. Light chocolate in the nose with a hint of roast. Pour is pitch black with minimal head. Some alcohol in the chest, but is smooth, not hot. Very enjoyable.
Advocate_Ames (423) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 Pours dark with an espresso like foam head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, milky cream, coffee, dark with semi sweet malts, mild smoke or toasted tones, and cocoa. In the flavor I picked up on bitter cocoa, mild bitter espresso taste, soft sweet sugar, toasted malts, vanilla, and some booze. The finish has a medium blend of coffee and hop bitterness, with a roasted malt taste, and booze. Overall a good beverage and I?d like to enjoy this again.
Nikiel (875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jay. Pours a thin dark brown with dark brown foam. Smells slightly sweet with hints of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Tastes roasty, with a surprising amount of tannins, hints of coffee, vanilla, and bit of root beer.
GothGargoyle (1143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with a good beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, dates, figs. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, starts sweet on the palate with a roasty and slightly astringent finish. Flavour is chocolate, vanilla, toast, caramel, dark fruits.
MrFecesious (928) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hog shack bottle share. Almost black, and scarce ruby, tan cap. Aroma of cocoa, licorice, plum, chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter in the best kind of balance. Creamy, smooth.
dfroms (216) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a deep reddish black-chocolate color. Aroma is cocoa with intense berry-like fruitiness. Taste is roast and chocolate with hints of strawberry, caramel, and burnt bread. Fairly light mouth feel for an imperial stout. Pretty good, but not worth the hype, in my opinion.
biggsbowler (260) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles - Pours a very dark brown. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and anise. The taste is a bitter, dark chocolate plus coffee and some dark fruit. The body is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.
bierenjoyer1 (50) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Peabody’s in Boone, NC. Immediate scent of malt, chocolate, toffee, rich coffee...like nearly fresh ground. Color is...dark!...like George Carlin used in a Saturday Night Live skit years ago. Amazing full flavor of chocolate, coffee, some toffee, a hint of molasses. Palate is saying...continue to enjoy this beer and overall....heck yes..I am getting this beer again!
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty solid, if not spectacular American RIS, leaning towards chocolate and sweetness rather than roast or any notable hop profile/bitterness. Don’t get much fruit either.