GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
651mL thanks to tastybeer. The pour is a clear, deep mahogany looking fairly black in the glass. A large, deep cocoa head slowly towers high and settles eventually with nice webby lace. Nose on this one is raisin, prune, sugar, ash, mild chili and DMS. As it warms it gains oxidized apple slices and acetaldehyde. Taste up front is bitter and bland, then moves to total cigarette ash and powder/dirt. Long, bitter, earthy finish.
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bomber – Trade – Douglas88
Dark Brown in color, clear with a thin tan head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma with roasty dark malt backing in the flavor. Has a thick chew to the beer. Lots of lingering tobacco in the finish. You can tell this is a big beer it finished dry with a slight alcohol spike.
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Release #3 - 9.1% ABV. Poured a pitch black color, definite medium sized, creamy tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, touch of coffee, not overpowering. Flavor was rich, roasty, no alcohol to really note while consuming, which was pretty good for being a 9.1% beer.
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber courtesy of IBrew2or3. Pours an imperial stout brown with a light tan head. Nose is massive licorice with some roast, anise, some ash, and a few herbs. Flavor is similar with licorice coming around left, right, and center- smoke, cola, anise, herbs, and some ash also try to blend into the licorice party. Light bodied for a stout, but still holds its own.
TheBeerGod (5342) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Release #3 - 9.1% ABV. Midnight black with a dense, frothy brown head. Roasted malt in the nose with strong licorice, tar, molasses, and vanilla. Taste is big roasted malt, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, licorice and lighter tar. Hints of tobacco as well. Body is medium-full with a strong carbonation and a pleasant chewiness. Ends with bitter chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, licorice, molasses and vanilla notes. Tasty!
obguthr (4084) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong charred oak aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Black with a thin brown head, some lacing. Liquid licorice with a bit of thistle. Very subtle plum notes also present. Ash finish. Full body, alcohol superbly masked. Excellent balance, really harmonious combination of hops and malt. Wonderful crafting Epic, keep up the great work!
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours very dark brown to black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and creamy dark chocolate. The flavor is smooth; dark chocolate is the dominant flavor but there is a slightly bitter espresso finish. The alcohol seems very well-hidden in the flavor yet there is some noticable alcohol warming. Overall, a very smooth, easy drinking imperial stout.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a very dark brown with a tan, full, pillowy, frothy head which settles to a very thin froth and leaves soapy lace. The nose is nice but simple for the style; charred coffee, light smokiness, molasses, bakers’ chocolate, burnt caramel, and faint band-aid. The flavor is a bit better with a nice balance of malt richness and hop bitterness plus none of the band-aid notes; dark chocolate, molasses, some fudge, hints of campfire smoke, burnt coffee, and a more than moderate bitterness from the earthy, resinous hops. The palate is nearly full, soft to lively, and silky. The beer finishes bittersweet with some coffee roast, resinous hops, molasses still, and a bit lingering fudge. Despite the band-aid note in the nose, the rest of the beer was good, but not great. For an IS, still fairly simple but fairly well put together, I usually expect more from the style but still a nice beer.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to superdave for the hookup! Bottle pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows light to moderate roast, light smoke, marshmallow, and coffee. Flavor shows the same with additional dark fruit notes, as well a touch of ash. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with dark chocolate/roast malt bitterness. Good stuff, but a little thin.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Live rate! Bottle shared by superdave -- thanks! Pours a dark brown shade that approximate coffee with a small ring of beige foam. Smells aggressively of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and toasted malt. Tastes of each with added notes of campfire and marshmellow. Sticky icky -- like a s’mores porter. Nice.