suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This beer truly surprised me with its uniqueness. A very dark, essentially black pour with a dense light brown head which leaves moderate lacing. The aroma in bottle is all hops, but in glass is a beautiful balance of roasted coffee malts and pungent floral/citrusy hops. The taste is again surprisingly complex hitting all the right taste buds, again with bitter hops and delicious coffee malts leaving a great dry coffee aftertaste. Not as strong a body as Iíd like considering the 7.8%, and with just a touch less hops it would be (in my mind) perfect.
barbarino2000 (81) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didnít expect a lot from this, since I hadnít seen any ratings before purchase. Or before my first sip. But Iím liking it. Looks great in the glass, with tan lacing clinging to the sides. Lively. A beer you need to pace yourself with, because it goes down very easily.
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
S: pitch black, thick, chocolate head
A: roasty, bittersweet chocolate, a little boozy
T: coffee like bitterness, toasty, slightly unbalanced alcohol burn
O: this is a good beer, but unbalanced flavors; itís worth trying, but then you should upgrade to the bourbon barrel aged version; the aging balances out the beer and makes it spectacular!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow this rocks!!!
Amazing Imperial Stout - the only dry hopped imperial stout I have had and it is immense.
Very unusual to get the hops flavours coming through initially and biy do they come through. A smooth barragement of cascade flavours with the chocolate and coffee of the stout bubbling below the srfice. Palate then melows out as the more traditional stout flavours takes over. Very well balanced and amazing flavours and unique use of hops. Try it!
kingfiogojr (78) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from N. Charles Liquors. A very unique experience. Aroma of whiskey mingling with hops, very dark. Long-lasting good taste, taste of deep hops, coffee and whiskey combined. Very rich, very full glass of beer. Mild-Medium carbonation, just right. Medium tan-head.
An excellent beer, one of my favorites.
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep roasted aroma with some hop coming though. Nice dark creamy head. Quite dense...cannot see any light through the glass. A ton of bitter chocolate flavor...very nice. Somewhat thin but finishes very well.
nielsedd (77) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Pours a real dark brown bordering on black. A big foamy tan head. Roasted grains, coffee, a little chocolate, and some hops are in the nose. Similar in the taste, with a nice dry finish. Great imperial porter, well balanced.
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich black with a mocha-colored head that drops into a soapy film. Pretty crisp nose for an imperial porter, includes some caramel, chocolate, and piney aromas. Flavors are rich chocolate, coffee, and classic american hop bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry.
Overall, lots of classic porter flavors without wearing out your palate but still delivers a solid hop profile.
chadcs (76) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty good standard Strong Ale, a little above average bitter at the end, but the bitterness slowly disappears as this one warms up. overall not to bad a Strong Ale, would drink this one again.
ErikTheViking (76) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
15 Nov 2008: Black, with lots of creamy brown foam. Aroma: Roasted malt. Very carbonized palate. Very intensive sweet malt with coffe/chockolate. Very bitter, IBU 85, but does not really taste very bitter. Nice label.