derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is of chocolate and molasses, appearance is beautiful, dark, and black. Very thin head (drank on tap) and caramel colored. Taste is as phenomenal as youíve heard with huge chocolate flavor with toffee & tobacco mixed in. Drinking partner also tasted grapefruit rind. Wonderful beer in my opinion.
oldgrumpy (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had to do a lot if wheeling and dealing to get this one. Lots of chocolate. Not best out there but still very good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
theothermatt (101) - 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. Itís a great, if not excellent stout.
FSUScott (99) - Rome, Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice roasted chocolate aroma. goes down very smooth. light brown head. a tad tangy aftertaste. great beer!
bird_machine (86) - San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split three ways and poured into a Bruery snifter. Got a whiff from the bottle quickly before being poured out. Roasted malts, some fruit flavors a touch of soy. Pours opaque with a hint of ruby color. Not picking up much chocolate but the beer has some semi-sweet malt, dark fruits, roast a faint of cocoa powder. Taste is pretty much the same with un-exciting chocolate flavors and a thin mouth feel. In my opinion this beer doesnít look up to the hype, but who knows, maybe I had a bad bottle or it was stored incorrectly. Finish is chalky, semi-sweet, no alcohol notes or some bitterness. Cool to try, but I donít think I would try and trade for this in the future.
jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 beers in. Pours a dark thick liquid. The head is roasted in color and clings to the glass. The first smell is of strong dark malt and coffee; even though the label talks of chocolate, their was no cocoa aroma. The sweetness of the residual malt balances the bitterness perfectly. The lingering taste is sweet over bitter. Very delicious!
Overall, I expected chocolate. Or sex. I got neither (from the beer.)
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this side by side with the barrel aged version. Light khaki creamy head that fades into a ring quickly. Nose is of lots of dark fruits and a touch of hops. Flavors of plum, fig, and lots of black cherry followed by cocoa. Some dark bitter chocolate kicks in with a touch of black coffee roasty after taste.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared since the 2010 release. Bottle 9 of 1000. Pours almost black with nice tan head on top. Lots of cocoa sweetness on the nose with dark roasted malts, molasses, plums, cherries, faint red apple and a touch of alcohol. The taste is very similar to the nose. Dark malts infused with cocoa powder and soaked with dark fruits. Much sweeter and fruitier than I remember from the release. However, not infected like Iíve seen in some of the current reviews. I think a lot of the espresso notes have faded, allowing other parts of the flavor profile to come forward. With about 7.5 months of age this brew seems to be improving. Very easy to drink for 9.75% ABV. Probably not worth the hype it gets, but still a very good imperial stout.
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint @ Sticks & Stones.
Pour: Dark, thick pour with beautiful thin cocoa-brown head. Great lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, espresso notes.
Taste: Velvety mouth feel. Incredibly smooth from start to finish. High abv is not evident in the fantastic blending of tastes.
Overall: Incredibly balanced stout. Blessed that this beast is created just up the highway from where I live. The graphic used for the stout is pretty darn cool, also. When I wear this Foothills shirt in public, it always elicits interesting comments.
boisebeer (57) - boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved this beer again. I had it GABF this last year and then again last night a crazy imperial stout party...This beer easily made my top 5 beers for the night out of 50+ tastings. Thank goodness I got my hands on it again....