tdmuel (241) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 release. Pours a viscous pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Toooons of dark fruit including sweet plum and dates, really nice toasty malt, smooth milky chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Super rich chocolate on the taste, roasty huge coffee notes, milky caramel, leather, roasty malt, raisins, and a hint of dark cherries. Even better than I remember it being a year ago. Super smooth chocolate notes, strong coffee, and just super drinkable. I’ll have to revisit a fresh bottle soon when it’s released again.
Busick (166) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The climax of this brewery! After tasting, I will always be looking for this brew every February! Very dark almost black in color with obvious chocolate and coffee aromas! Very delicious brew that I highly recommend to everyone!
Jesse_Beerman (4) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft. Full bodied, strong chocolate flavors dominate. Slight alcohol burn but finishes sweet, touch of astringency but not a lot. Overall, a great imperial. Worth the wait, def try if you can!!
tmongoose (1029) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared pours almost black with mocha head. nice aroma of deep roasted malts and chocolate...sweet and slightly bitter. the flavor is full based chocolate but in a different sense for me. its almost like a bittersweet chocolate vs a malted or milk chocolate. the alcohol is there but muted. overall I have had better but this rates pretty close to the top.
theothermatt (140) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GABF. Pours jet black. Slight chocolate aroma. Very malty and a bit on the sweet side. Finishes full and rich with a really roasty chocolate lingering. It’s a great, if not excellent stout.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black, small dark tan head.
Chocolate roast aroma.
Taste is chocolate malt, dark fruit.
Ends with a slightly bitter alcohol note....ash.
dogfish120love (858) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma is chocolate forward. The flavor is rather sweet. Nothing overly special
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GABF. Pour is deep brown/black with a small brown head and good lacing. Light maple, roastiness, tar, dark fruits, a hint of cocoa, and coffee aroma. Taste is big roast, coffee, anise, a hint of wood, coconut, and a touch of bourbon with a touch alcoholic burn on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty good stuff.
Smurf2055 (1245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a finger tan head.
Smell is roasty, bit ashy, some coco and coffee.
Taste much the same, ashy finish and a bit of dark fruit.
Smooth and full bodied.
Good, but would rather get Yeti or Old Rasputin for the price.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle served in a Deschute snifter. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle. Bottled February 2013.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some stick lace down the glass.
S: Smokey with a slight char. Heavily roasted malts with some unsweetened chocolate.
T: Heavily roasted malts with some bitter bakers chocolate. Dark chocolate with some smokiness as well.
M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Roasty finish.
O: This was a nice RIS with a light dash of smoke underneath. Would enjoy again, but not in the upper echelon of RIS’s.
Serving type: bottle