tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from cdog69. The pour is black with a billowing light brown head with some very nice lace. Aroma? What aroma? I get next to nothing here. Seems to me hops are leading the way in the nose. I bit apple-ish. There’s roast and chocolate, but over all the nose is much to weak to earn a high score. The flavor, to me, isn’t really anything to brag about either. There’s some roast and some chocolate, but there supposed to be. I do pick up a tad of molasses. Really, the flavor is pretty pedestrian. The mouthfeel on the other hand is quite good. Big body. Above average carbonation. Dry finish. Full palate all the way through. OH-VER-RAY-TED!
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
thanks to cgarvieuk. roma is roasty and choc malt, alc is present, and perhaps too hoppy. Taste is similar, roasty and choc malt is dominant, quite drinkable, but one dimentional and boring. I managed to drink the full 100ml sample.
cgarvieuk (16229) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce ... thanks to tjthresh for this deep roast nose ... hoppy up front ... but still roast shows through... some sweet coffee tones... little alcohol... like quite a few US stouts it hop charactaristic is a big high for me... saying that i quite like this one .4.2
Bottle at home (think its 2008 vintage 358/500... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate ... lightest hop nose ... soft coffee ... light toffee malt roast ... chewy roast ... that us malt im not fond of ... hint of twiglets ... its quite savoury ... soft yeast .. nice enough 3.9
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #346/500 thanks to cgarvieuk at his awesome sunday sojourn. Black as the night with a thick brown head. Nose is malty, but with a handful of hops. Mouth is quite harsh really, hops attack then the long malty, chocolatey taste, enjoyable and big. Quite long and hoppy, mixed with these massive malts. Toffee malt and long. Chocolate, but certainly not sexual.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as night with a light brown head. The nose is dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is bittersweet chocoate and dark roast coffee. A slight sweetness with a touch of toffee. Finishes with a nice sweet bitterness that lasts.
Guerde (1204) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle thanks for sharing Eben!) Pours deep black with a dark tan head that lasts. Strong roasted malt aroma, along with some cocoa and light coffee. Taste is very strong of dark chocolate with some dark fruit in there as well along with a bit of vanilla. The finish was very roasty and lasted for quite some time. Mouthfeel wasn’t as thick as I would’ve expected, but a good beer nonetheless.
debianlinux (10) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A unique chocolate stout. This is like some kids imaginative dream of what a truly dark stout can live up to. Bottles sold out the first day they were available. I’ll keep dropping by the brewery for pulls till they run dry. There simply isn’t another chocolate stout that runs in this class.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Pours black with a big thick tan and frothy head. This brew is big and bold, powerful in every way. Tastes like chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Hint of coffee on the after taste. Very very creamy, and with no real hint of the 10% alcohol in it. Just incredibly solid all around. Every time you smell or taste it, you get a different combination of aroma and flavors, this beer is ever changing. No two sips are quite the same, but they are all delicious. Maybe the perfect chocolate beer. I’d still take Young’s over this one, but by a very thin margin. Foothills needs to release this one in a lot more than just 500 bottles next year. Everyone should get to try this one at least once. Big thanks for mcferc for this one, he did me a HUGE favor in trading this one to me, and I’ll never forget it!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. Black body with a tiny tan head. The nose is heavy with green apple, chocolate, roast and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet, very little bitterness with acidic coffee, green apple and roast. Medium/full body is thinnish with moderate carbonation. Just a mess of a beer.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle--huge thank you, Eben, for saving some of this for me!] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is light toasted malt, cocoa, very light alcohol, a small bit of sweetness at times that I think was brown sugar, and something that tasted a little like hazelnut. The taste was sweet up front, then the toasted malt and cocoa took over before a deeper charred taste and chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry on the tongue. The finish was quite long. A very enjoyable beer, but I don’t think it can stand up to many imperial stouts that I have had.