superspak (3224) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got in a BIF from JNForsyth. 750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Cork did not pop upon opening, extremely low carbonation. Pours fairly pitch black color with a minimal tan lace cap that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Some very slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with the lacking carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.
skmikeg (1216) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, bakers coco, licorices, molasses, sweet malts and caramel. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouth feel and a semi bitter, medium-long finish overall, a pretty nice imperial Stout.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is brown sugar, chocolate, booze, roast. Vanilla, oak. The appearance is deep black, tan head, nice lacing. The flavor is vanilla, oak, woody, molasses, chocolate. The finish is roasty, pine. Medium/thick I body. Decent, good. Short of greatness.
lownote (229) - USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 Pitch black with a thin brown head. Smell is malty. Taste of alcohol, malts and a little bit of chocolate. Super drinkable
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - JUN 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-26-12 -
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a wonderful, almost pitch black color with a thin off white head. The head faded in a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter amount of lacing.
Smell – The aromas were heavy of chocolate and dark fruit with some coffee notes. The dark fruit was mainly cherry and fig in nature producing and overall very sweet aroma. Mixed with these were nice aromas of some whisky and booze as well overall giving a very nice smell.
Taste – The aromas that were detected were also present in the taste. The taste began with a good lot of cocoa and sweeter fruit flavors of cherry and some prune. As the taste advanced a light coffee and more roasty flavor meet the tongue. These were soon met with some sweeter fig and cherry flavors that either showed up (fig) or intensified (cherry) as the taste went on and in the end with a slight boozy flavor created a very pleasant warming/flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Creamy with a lighter level of carbonation. Very fitting for the style and quite nice for the stronger brew.
Overall – Delicious. A nice strong, slightly sweeter, stout. Lots of roasty and sweet flavor here. Well worth a try.
MadIndian (2571) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at philly fest. Nice notes of chocolate, roast, and dark fruit. The finish was dry, but with a hint of black licorice. I enjoyed it.
callmemickey (3498) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown-black body, medium sized light tan head, spotty lacing. Straightforward nots of chocolate, roast, coffee, caramel and earth. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, a little thin, slightly boozy.
DrinkinWell (343) - - APR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark black, nice head and lacing. Aromas of cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate. Creamy mouth feel. Tastes of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some plum. Not bad.
radio_nowhere (1048) - Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro draft at Good Ta Go in Chambersburg, PA. Served in a pint glass, deep dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and wood char. Taste is very roast malt rich; adding notes of caramel, dried fruits (raisins, plums), faint vanilla balanced with earthy hop bitterness. Thick body, low carbonation(nitro), creamy, slick, rich with faint roast finish. Tasty solid IS.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of Butters. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, fruit and light tart flavor. Medium body with moderately low carbonation.