JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at the Evil Twin tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 5/19/11. Pours black with a medium tan head. Malty nose with molasses, dark fruit, tobacco and vanilla. Chocolate malt flavor with berries, molasses, vanilla and a roasty finish.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The name made me chuckle. After that, thereís not that much going on with this beer. The vanilla is nowhere to be found, but the regular stout flavors that do appear are pleasing enough-- very roasty, with a strong coffee finish, and no trace of the alcohol anywhere. But, third-grade humor aside, this Imperial Stout lacks character, and in a style jam-packed with world class beers, a decent Impy Stout gets lost in the shuffle.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is vanilla, roast and chocolate. Thick & creamy body viscous but not the most viscous RIS ive seen. Didnt pick up much dookie, but got lots of chocolate and vanilla. I thought for sure it would be cloying like a lot of the vanilla infused imperial stouts out there but not this one. Decent but I dont expect to revisit it considering the $13 price tag
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500. Got the "DK" on the label. Pours an opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that doesnít stick around for too awfully long. Crazy big roasty sweet nose, showing roasted grain along with a full-on Iím-measuring-cookie-ingredients blast of vanilla. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Definitely not goopy or cloying or sluggish. Roast, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla on the mid palate. Mostly itís just a surprising amalgam of vanilla over the top of a well-made, fairly conventional impie. Very appealing. Long roasty sweet finish. Hides the alcohol fairly well, considering. Nice stuff.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloying sweet cookie. Last beer of the night, bottle shared with George at The Ginger Man NYC. Oatmeal cookie aroma along with the roast coffee, lots of sugar dust. Black and lacey.Carbonation is right there. Average mouthfeel. Chocolate finish and aftertaste.
abemorsten (2432) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Cardinal. Black with a light brown, creamy, centimeter head leaving excellent lacing. Chocolate, toffee and wood on the nose. Sweet, roasted and bitter with notes of chocolate, vanilla and an alcoholic warmth. Full bodied. Gentle carbonation. Long roasted, sweet and bitter finish leaving a dry mouth.
marcus (5890) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Belmont Station. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a vanilla aroma. There is a bitter chocolate and vanilla flavor with a thick dry finish. A bit smoky too.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night. Aroma has a lot of licorice and roast as well as some earthy/spicy hoppiness. A lot of chewy richness and some sticky resiny bitterness. A little bit of blackberry fruitiness - yeast seems fairly estery and there may be a bit of oatmeal in here as well. Soft palate and a little bit of lingering black pepper. Nice And quite unique in a category that I didnít think could surprise me anymore.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a big pillowy brown head. Looks nice. Aromas were similar to a melted candy bar, mild cocoa notes, vanilla, caramel, light roast and goodness. Mouthfeel was super creamy, light carbonation, big. Lots of chocolate, a vanilla like sweetness, light roasted malt, just a tinge of booze in the finish, barley noticeable. A damn good big stout. My first from the brewery.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark black color, with brown edges, and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, chocolate, roast, and some smokiness. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roast, dark fruits, and molasses.