onceblind (4287) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inky black with a thin beige head. The nose has a thick sweet dark chocolate aroma, a bit of roasted barley, and some brown sugar. The flavor is big and robust and roasty, with notes of smoke and molasses, with some dark chocolate and a little anise. Bitterness in the chocolate with a thick chewy mouthfeel. Roasted cocoa finish.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Bottle, batch #13, 10.1% ABV. Rich chocolate malt / baker’s chocolate with roast and savory black patent / soy sauce playing a softer but well-integrated role. Rich, creamy, seemingly dry, a little bit dirty / yeast. Beefy yet soft malt and carbonation. Fudge and cake-like with full, round mouth presence... I’m reminded of Thirsty Dog and Yeti and from the savoriness come memories of Stormaktsporter.
anders37 (16911) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Epic Brewing Denver Taproom, Denver, CO. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty licorice bitter chocolate finish.
Jerm719 (111) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium body. Jet black. Roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, northwestern hops. Balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Nothing over the top, but a good solid stout
Blairgus (2640) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oct 2013, bottle. Release #9. Black. Nose is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Thin/med body and mildly fizzy. Dark chocolate, a bit bitter, faintly sweet. Nice.
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Brigadier (3010) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle
I didn’t pay attention to which batch this was but the bottle is at least two years old. It has held up quite well. While not the greatest imperial stout or even average at least it is not a total drainpour. Maybe this is what happens when a brewery tries to expand too quickly too soon.
Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base sits idly in the glass. Carbonated with a tannish head, the body contains a nice mixture of chocolate, coffee, and smoky plums. It is not very aggressive for an imperial stout but is in the ballpark.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy licorice, chocolate, and ash tickle the tongue. This does not feel thick at all. A hot peppery finish is warm and a bit distracting. The flaws may not be major but they are enough to take away from what could have been a more solid release. I may try some more Epic bottles when I find time but I am not in a hurry.
ACHops (709) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Uber. Pours inky watery black with thin brown head. Aroma is dark roasty malt with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is similar - smooth rich chocolatey malt, roasty and bitter on the finish. Not bad, but needs some barrel-aging!
climberbob (108) - Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured into snifter. Black. Thin tan head. Coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt. Smooth mouthfeel. Can taste the alcohol. Good solid stout.
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ads135 (3037) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice roasted aroma. Hints of coffee, licorice, and tobacco. The flavor itself is a bit more run of the mill, though good.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Epic (Denver). Pours black in color with a tan head. Big roasted malt nose. Chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Some molasses, a bit of smoke, and ash. Flavor is kind of acidic, but mostly just bitter roasted malt and chocolate. Smoke, molasses, licorice, and a hint of ash. Mild sweetness. Not bad.