Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An indulgence for my 500th rating. Pours a deep oily black with excellent brown head that fades to a ring, leaving fine-grained oily lacing on the glass. Aroma is primarily dark fruit and chocolate, also with some coffee and leather. Taste is thick with rich fudge brownie batter chocolate, giving way to some roasted malts and hint of coffee in the middle, some slight alcohol and minor cocoa bitterness. Nothing overpowers the chocolate backbone throughout; everything is complementary. Palate, at room temp, is one of the thickest Iíve ever encountered. Mouth coating at all times, making the intricacies of the flavor unavoidable. Enjoyable as a sipper, as it packs a punch. Makes the price more digestible, being that it can easily be split three ways.
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22-oz. bottle. Incredible thick nose of chocolate fudge, brownies, burnt coffee, molasses, some black licorice, slightly sour burnt plastic, pie dough, and a touch of maple syrup. Murky black in color with a thin, extremely dark mocha head. Holy crap; the taste follows the aroma with thick chocolate pudding, fairly boozy alcohol, Tootsie rolls, stale coffee, heavy roasted malt, and a heavy, sweet cocoa finish. Thick body. The only knock on this beer was the copious amount of leftover sludge in the bottle: it wasnít merely some yeast sediment; rather, the half-inch-thick ooze resembled dirty motor oil after 10,000 miles of hard driving mixed with mud.
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on Tap at Pigs Can Fly, Kittery midday. $4.50 for the 4.75 oz serving. Pours an oily jet black with which a trim beige head half a finger in length stood. Aromas of sorghum molasses, coffee syrup, marsh rosemary, tobacco, grill char, star anise, and burnt rubber. Tastes much the same with energetic additions of pumpernickel, sweat, caramelized onions, coca nibs, Earl grey tea, blueberry leaves, dried lavender, denim jeans, and almond butter. Chewy, bittersweet, and woodsy. It did have a bit of intensity, but it wasnít anything mind-destroying strong as Sink The Bismarck.
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a rich brown head. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with malt, vanilla, prunes, figs, chocolate and caramel. The flavor is roasted malt but with less of the vanilla, chocolate, and prunes than in the aroma. Caramel sweetness is present as well as liquorice. Some alcohol heat at the finish. Full bodied.
dreamflower (542) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. I loved this one. I give it an 18. Dried fruit, little bit of toasted caramel.
northropfrye (2083) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black body with brown head that fades quickly, some lacing, pretty while it lasts. Loud aroma of lactose, cocoa, sweet malts, vanilla, grain, aged cheddar. Taste is quite sweet, dried fruit, some booze heat, roastiness. Overall a fabulous imperial stout.
coachd (84) - Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stuff was expensive ($15 for 22oz.) and carries a 100 rating. I probably shouldnít factor those things in, but I canít help it. This beer has a lot to live up to. The aroma is outstanding. Smells complex and well crafted, aroma is on par with the best imperial stouts I have ever had. Smells of good espresso, leather, alcohol, some dark chocolate and fig. Appearance is halfway in between brown and black, nice looking dark tan head. Had more foam than I thought it would. Tastes great up front with more dark chocolate/fudge than in the smell and espresso. Reminds me of an expensive truffle. In fact, thatís what you should eat with this brew. If Iím paying this much for beer, I expect a great palate, and this one is spot on. Thick and velvety with a slightly bitter and boozy aftertaste that is not overwhelming. Is this better than BCS? I canít believe Iím even considering that, but it may be. I would love to try them side by side. Worth the price. I canít believe Iím saying that either.
JustDrinkIt (257) - Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with tan head. Aroma of toffee, roast, and alcohol. Flavor of coffee and some mild bitter chocolate and vanilla.
wheresyourball (481) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up in Rochester. Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Nose is fudge, malt, slight espresso. Flavor is dark fruit, chocolate/fudge, malt, sweet and boozy. Finishes dry. Reminds me some of Choklat, but with more complexity. Very good.
tectactoe (1443) - Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Looks like used motor oil; BLACK & thick as hell, only a small, tan ring emerges on the pour. A swirl of the glass brings up a frothy, blackened tan head. Aroma is full of dense, rich fudge, toasted peanut brittle, residual brown sugar, light mallow cream, & decadent layers of chocolate-y type desserts. Smells like a beast. Tastes like one, too. Bitter dark chocolate, fat fudge, hint of espresso, caramelized sugar & residual sweetness, toasted peanuts, & just a kiss of anise in the finish. A thick beer, a huge beer. Powerful body, thick as fuck with a melted milkshake kind of presence. Crazy good imperial stout, lovely stuff all around.