philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle. Pours opaque black with a brown foamy head that rises slowly and stays. Clean chocolate, toasty aroma. A soft carbonation propels a heavy, but not syrupy, soft sweetness under a complex balanced and heavy malt body. The hot alcohol is very subdued. The body is solid without being sticky. This is a great sipping beer, and after savoring every sip, you come back for more. There is a long sweet, chocolate, malt finish that tapers gradually.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a medium-sized lasting tan head. Malty and estery aroma impression is chocolate malt / fudge, plum, black cherry and quiet notes of ink. Aroma hops seem western and tropical with notes of apricot and peach.
Full bodied, sweet with equally strong bitterness. It’s rich and savory in the mouth but suffers from too much sugar. There’s some play of alcohol with sherry and cranberry liqueur notes and it’s decidedly hot in the finish which could mean fusels. Still the aroma is interesting, much more complex and enticing that you typically find in American Imperial Stout. The fruit and chocolate character seems natural and integrate well, but if it were drier and lower in alcohol I think it would be more enjoyable.
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah, well, aggregate ratings rarely lie. This is a very fine imperial stout--very much to my liking. Great aromas of dark fruits, boozy goodness, etc., and the flavor is complex, vinous, and well rounded. Not easy drinking, but not super challenging either. Rich, warming. Excellent. Bottle.
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler fill from The Wink. Pours oily black, dark head rises and dies. Aroma is loaded with sticky dark fruit, dates, figs, and dark, fudge oriented chocolate malt. Flavor matches. Not quite up to motor oil, but getting there. Just enough to make it more of a sipper than a pounder. Alcohol present and dangerously inviting. Truly a fantastic brew.
pacv27 (43) - - FEB 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tan foamy head, 1 finger in depth with a jet black in color. Nice lacing. Huge chocolate notes in the aroma along w/some coffee beans and deeply roasted caramel malts. Wow!! Chocolate for days on the taste. Very sweet, rich and milk chocolate. I’m even getting a slight dark fruit character, maybe raisins. Reminds me of raisinettes except dipped in caramel as well. There is also a roasted coffee bean character on the back end that leaves a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel to this is heavy and creamy beyond words, almost feels fluffy. This is an amazing Imperial Stout!!
Stuu666 (4804) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours black, nose is light meat, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, taste is sugary, chocolate, fruity, dry.
flip_soeperman (667) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big full bodied viscous bold stout with a nice red fruit character. medium bitter with good sweetness, nice fireplace beer.
maka2020 (5) - POLAND - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromat niestety dosyć słaby, czuć ciemną czekoladę (ledwo co) i alkohol. Barwa świetna, praktycznie czarna. Po krótkiej chwili z piany nie zostaje nic. W smaku jest słodko, nawet bardzo, za bardzo. Przypomina likier. Mało gęste jak na risa. Po jakimś czasie alkohol zaczyna przeszkadzać. Ogółem - zdecydowanie za słodkie, przez co nie piło mi się tego piwa dobrze.
McNeillR (1504) - SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a wet sand ringed head. Nose is fudgey roast. Sleek roast, super sweet and sticky and a surprising lack of barrell. Lean bitter towards the finish. Linger is neat and thick but a bit saddle sore with the ABV and style.
AshtonMcCobb (3283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BenH.
Appearance - close to opaque black with a thin fawn head.
Nose - dark chocolate and creamy.
Taste - boozy tangy note, definitely toffee, dry tangy finish.
Palate - full bodied with a big creamy texture and a balanced dry finish.
Overall - big beer, booze is a bit too much.
BenH (2764) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, rubber. Taste of plastic, rubber, dried fruits. Little sweet and bitter.