Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks, Moll. Served in a FiftyFifty snifter. Pours near black with a short head. Nose is quite roasty with some chocolate and booze. Flavor is similar. Lacking in depth and not much compared to the barrel aged versions.
DrewFace (256) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Homer. Pours a deep dark blackish color with tan head. Sweet chocolate grainy aroma, smokey character is quite prevalent . Burn malt character. Bitter chocolate notes.
Homer321 (565) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle bought. This is the one that didnt blow up. Huge light brown head. Deep dark black color. Nose is full of dark chocolate. Taste is slightly tart. Astringent. Lots of alcohol burn and a slight acidity lasts. Not happy.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24th November 2013
Opaque black - brown beer, good tan head. Palate is airy and smooth. Just a little fine carbonation. It’s a light touch with the dark malts. A little roast and cream. Whispers of dark fruits and coffee. Light semi dry finish. Quite a light and simple Imperial Stout.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Craft. Pours thick, jet black with a finger of tan head..Nose is roasty dark malt, coffee, cacao, perhaps Ovaltine . Tastes of roasty dark malt, cacao, coffee, hops, all balancing fairly well. Dense mouthfeel.
baraciisch (1283) - USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color... Minimal head retention... Roasted malts, coffee aroma... Flavor is burnt roasted malts, notes of licorice, hint of honey... Sweetness is very subdued, present initially, bitter burnt malt finish... Solid
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deekyn (864) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- pours an opaque cola brown with mahogany edges. Head is a light red tan, on the thin side and dissipates quickly before clinging to the edge of the glass. Lacing is decent. S- chocolate, dirt, coffee, roasted malts, and some mustiness. Soy sauce as it warms. Standard aromas. M- thin but medium body with an oily medium palate. Good carbonation. T- chocolate, cacao, coffee to start. Watery in the middle with some earth. Hops, grass and bitter chocolate on the medium ending.
Nocturne (556) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar SF. Dark black with a thin brown head. Aroma promises baker’s chocolate and the taste is loaded with waves of cocoa. Nice oily mouthfeel. Decent overall but not exceptional, lacking some of the complexity and brute force of other imperial stouts. It would be interesting to see how a barrel (supposedly) transforms it.
Theydon_Bois (5486) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at GBBF ’13, 13/08/13.
Mid black with a thin tan head.
Nose is roast malt, brown sugars, dry roast, light honeycomb, woody tones.
Beese (675) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Great British Beer Festival 2013.
Poured a black black with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa and coffee. Quite powerful carbonation and a slightly more watery mouth feel than I would hope for in an Imperial Stout. Flavours of roasted malt, berries, chocolate and some sharp citrus notes. Ends with nice burnt malts and espresso.
boxofrane (1718) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head.. Small bubbles on the glass. The aroma has a big coffee bean, roasty notes, some milk chocolate.. Nestle quik . The taste has a big milk chocolate lead which blends to bitter dark chocolate and coffee grinds. This is just sweet enough to balance the bitterness. The palate is full but relatively easy to drink.