Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, 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!
jc1762 (386) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Birch & Barley - Shows dark with coffee rims and foam
The nose shows a lot of roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel hints, molasses , and a little bit of coffee
The palate shows medium body and high but even carbonation. A slight lactose sweetness, Heavy chocolate background throughout, intensely high bitterness bordering on overwhelming, pine like hoppy bitterness but with dark chocolate flavors also, extremely long finish with a lot of bitterness.
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 On tap at the brewery. Poured into an 8 ounce tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a near-black coffee color with a 1 finger dark tan head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.
Smell: Coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel.
Taste: Strong coffee taste up front with hints of caramel and malt. Nice dark chocolate aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, nice and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very high considering its high ABV.
Overall: Excellent representation of the style. This is one to seek out. One of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve ever had the privilege of drinking.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an exceptional black with no highlights and a reasonably sized head of tan foam.
Smells of molasses and chocolate, an some earthy aroma.
Tastes very strongly of molasses, with a roasted malt aftertaste. Cream is present as well. Booze does not rear itís head. Strangely enough considering itís name, there isnít much in the way of chocolate in the taste. No real hop presence.
Mouth is medium bodied an carbonation. Would have liked this to be thicker.
This one goes down extremely easy but considering the difficulty in obtaining one, letís just say I am glass to have tried it once.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark dark pour with thick tan head. I actually found this one a little disappointing. For all the hype that itís gotten, I just didnít think there was much there. It was thinner and less flavorful than most big impys that I drink on a regular basis.
jtd6628 (360) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Great beer! The aroma was light but roasted malts was present. Flavor was great, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roastiness.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a darn good imp stout...did not get a ton of choc on the taste....more on the aroma......great stuff......wish they made more than 500 bottles!
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by Ohiodad at DLD. We were tasting quite a few big stouts and this one definitely did not disappoint. Poured black, and I mean black. Very thick and viscous beer, huge aromas of burnt malts, chocolate and coffee. Similar flavors along with a heap of dried fruits, cherries and a hint of licorice. Great mouthfeel, low carbonation that really accentuated to flavors of this beer. A top notch impy stout.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Pours dark black with a rather thin brown head. Aroma is more sweet coffee than chocolate, but there is still plenty of chocolate to go around. I guess I just expected a chocolate overload. Anyway, the aroma also has some nice oaky/earthy notes, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor was largely the same, with a strong alcohol warming finish remarkable mouthfeel too.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 192 of 600 (2009 vintage I believe)
Appearance: Pours a murky ink like black with a 1 finger dark brown crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves a tiny ring of lace. Simple but sexy.
Smell: Wow I can smell this one from a mile away. Roasted malt and chocolate all the way. Not too much bitterness so I wouldnít compare it to dark chocolate. More like bittersweet chocolate.
Taste: Really smooth balanced flavor. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and maybe some dark fruit but not much fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Lush and silky smooth despite the "on the lite side of full bodied" nature of this brew.
Drinkability: Tastes great, little to no alcohol presence, but thicker mouthfeel and high abv.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-26-2009