blackflag321 (430) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour to snifter. Smells of coffee, cherry, raisin. Looks thick, brown/black. Tastes of bitter astringent coffee with sugar. What initially feels like a pleasant smoke on the palate after first few sips tastes evolves into unpleasant burnt gumdrops.
maddmatt639 (129) - Belmont, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No retention and minimal lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and burnt sugar. Tastes of chocolate, dark raisins and coffee. Long aftertaste of coffee.
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Cirrhosis (1160) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black inky body with a short tan crown. Smokey ash aroma with earthy dirt. Very burnt tasting, lots of chared sugar, lots of smoke. Kind of a raspberry finish and the taste of high end dirt lingers. For an impy stout very little coffee here. Rather enjoy this but just like the Yang forgetable..... and now to make the black and tan with the two.
Ron (2312) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black appearance with a nice brown head that quickly left little lace. The aroma is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee and licorice. Similar flavor with a smooth and creamy feel. The alcohol is hidden well. Medium to full body with a roasty bitter finish.
Anatole (80) - BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imperial Stout classique: café, grillé, chocolat, amertume moyenne. Une bonne stout mais qui ne sort pas du lot.
NeuroPliny (90) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 330 mL bottle. A dark brown beer with dense brown head; good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Flavour is heavy malts, expresso, dark chocolate, molasses, smoked Gouda, and light hops that prevent the sweetness from being over-powering. Pleasant bitter aftertaste.
alliance100 (321) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours black with light ran head . Moderate lacing . Aromas of bitter chocolate and mild dark fruit . Medium body and carbonation. Mild cocoa , coffee and raisin flavors with a hint of smoke . Overall a good Imperial Stout , but far from the best I’ve had . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JohnnyJ (4040) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour, with a nice tan head. Sweet milk and bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, moderate sweetness, burnt sugars, coffee, and the abv is only slightly noticeable. Pretty decent imp stout.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
So the Yin without the Yang. And I must say after a good three weeks without a beer and to match the heat being back in Perth off we go with this one!
At close to room temperature a low ‘flufft’ when the cap releases offers a glimpse of rich chocolate to the olfactories. In the glass it is stubbornly bubbly on the tannish crown but lifeless inside its oily, black brown body. But alas the head is shortlived and fades to grin the oily legs. Kelp, CO2, dried oregano, stale hops, fresh strapped leather and vinyl, a little spiced spirit and mace greet the nose. The chocolate now faded and jaded. Smooth, frothy mouthfeel. Dry, bitter malt finish, dusty, husky and long. A sticky, astringent sweetness cloys at the palate. A huff and a puff of smoke lasts well passed its due and given the cloy it doesn’t float well. Pecky, bitter herbs on the swallow, acridly done. Vodka-like burn is just fuel for me to say "over it!". Not a fan. Nothing here at all presentable. Just rough and rugged high alcohol. The black and tan mix needs a high volley to win me over. Average!! (33cL, Bottled 07/10/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Scrapersnbeer (1381) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey roasted malt aroma, like a cured meat locker. Pitch black and leaves an oily brown film. Bittersweet saucy flavor, dark chocolate, butty coffee. Body is thick and chewy while leathery and dry. Minimal alcohol heat; a blunt instrument nonetheless.