Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours thick black with think brown head. Aroma huge cocoa with a little roast and coffee. Taste dominated initially by roast and char this fades as it warms to a nice balance of caramel, bourbon, roast and cocoa. Finish mild roast. Palate thick without being syrupy or sticky.
Nice imperial stout, improves as it warms, reminds me some of KBS with more roast.
tmongoose (1956) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft pours out sold black with dark brown head. deep rich aroma or roasted malts chocolates and coffee. let the head settle down some and the flavor was strong coffee and chocolate followed by boozy goodness. omg what a beer. going to cellar this one but what i wouldnt give for another glass. very well balanced. the coffee and chocolate flow so well together.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #10. Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours inky black with just a small dark tan head that fades to a ring around the side of the glass. Pretty decent lacing considering the abv.
Coffee is quite prominent in the aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malt that seems slightly burnt. There is vanilla and just the slightest hint of whiskey buried way in the background.
The coffee carries big time into the flavor mixed nicely with cocoa creating almost a mocha character. Lots and lots of heavily roasted malt that borders on being a bit acrid and charred. There is still just a little bourbon in the background that I wish was a little more prominent. Nice vanilla and caramel touches too. The alcohol is well hidden with just a slight warmth in the back of the throat with a creamy and just slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a very tasty imperial stout but one that is not quite Earth-shattering. I donít know if I would go out of my way to pick this up but if you do come across it, it is worth drinking.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release #10. 11.4% abv. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of some oak, chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweet but with the perfect bitterness to balance it out. Lots of roasted coffee lingering after the burst of chocolate. Thick and chewey. Prickly carbonation. I do get some oak from this, but little if any bourbon tones. Maybe the bitterness is just balancing these well? In any case, this is one of the best impyís Iíve had. Itíll keep ya warm for sure. Very nice.
Someguy1_8t (7) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - Strong coffee aroma! Aroma of wet oak, or wood grilling planks. Probably due to the whiskey barrel aging. You. Can smell this aroma from a close distance. Slight sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma. Hint of malt and booze.
Taste - Taste of roasted coffee and chocolate as well as oak. Taste of sweet malt and booze.
Overall- Great! Beer. I haver never had a stout like this.
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and chocolate malts. Appears very very dark brown, black with a quarter inch deep dark brown head, Very sticky. Tastes of coffee,chocolate, dark roasty malts. Very thick syrupy mouth feel. I enjoyed this one a lot. Very nice long sipper for the cold months. the coffee give a little caffeine buzz. Mmm tasty
bwa5879 (850) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 On tap at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange at the epic meet and greet as part of Kalamazoo beer week. Black pour into snifter. Dark brown head, cocoa colored. Strong sweet cocoa And strong cold brewed coffee scent, a little sweet malt. Thick, very full flavor. A little chalky mouth feel. Lots of roasted malt flavor, strong cocoa, sweet molasses. Sweet finish with just a tinge of bourbon/alcohol effervescence.
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brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 Release #10. Pungent aroma of green bell peppers and misc spicy peppers dominates the nose. WTF + yuck.
Thank god the taste isnít possessed. Dark, deeply roasted malt tastes nearly burnt. Bittersweet chocolate adds a grainy complexion. Sweetness in the middle, finishes with booze & chocolate. A decent stout if you ignore the smell. 2.2/5
Update: drinking the #9 now and itís a completely different beer. Huge, incredible coffee aroma gets a 9/10 from me. A tasty RIS that shares few similarities with the above review. Iím changing my rating accordingly.
sonnycheeba (4626) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, oak, raisins, dates, and a touch of booze. Flavor is roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit esters with some light earthy hops; dry finish with the slightest hint of whiskey. Medium body and low carbonation.
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Draught at Tadgís. Pitch black, with a pretty chocolate-milkshake head. Big, nasty nose of old coffee grounds. Just the aroma I hate from a coffee beer. Happily, though, the flavor is much nicer and more balanced. Rich chocolate, cafe au lait, berries. Nice sweetness with nice roast and the coffee doesnít stick out like a sore thumb. Good.