KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz Can. The pour was a muddy pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) khaki colored rocky head that slowly receded, down to a thin film with a medium collar and produced good sticky streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, pine hops and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and possessed a moderate alcohol odor.
The taste was quite roasty and rather malty with a bold bitter chocolate presence early on, becoming quite a bit hoppier with a nice roasted coffee note and a bit of alcohol towards the finish. The flavor lingered for a very long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter hoppy taste left behind to settle in on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.
Overall this was a nice hoppy Stout that had a nice thick creaminess to it. This is definitely a brew that a hophead would truly enjoy, in fact it’s kind of like (but not) a thick Black IPA...
jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Deep brown pour with a small head. Aroma’s fairly faint and nondescript. Some ash and cocoa. Taste of dark roasted coffee. Chocolate éclair sweetness. Ash. Medium body, moderate carbonation.
JohnnyJ (4624) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Black pour, with a small tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, mild molasses, and grapenuts. A nice stout, heavy and lots dark malt.
BuckeyeBoy (2896) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can pours out a dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is espresso roast malts and a touch of smoke. Taste is as the nose with a nice roast malt and a touch of sweetness.
Drake (9257) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce can shared at a tasting. Pours a dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, brine, dark chocolate, nuts, grain, green hops. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, grain, green hops. Medium bodied, lingering roast and bitterness.
stevoj (2382) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at PreFunk. An extra dose of hops almost takes this into black IPA territory. Smooth and slick, slippery, oily. Small been he head, aroma is mostly roast grains and burnt toast. Taste kicks in with some hops bite, more roastiness.
two7offsuit (256) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roast coffee. Flavor is roasted espresso.
jake65 (2742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Bier Thirty. Pours very dark brown in color, nearly black. Topped with about a finger of creamy brown head. Nose is mild at first, I had to let this warm a bit before diving in, but it opens up to a heavy roast, espresso, smoke, and lightly sweet aroma. Strong taste, quite a bit of licorice, but not overly sweet. Heavy roast presence, even hints of burnt malt. Good smoky notes. Lingering bitters and espresso in the finish. Lots going on here, but seamless in transition. Very good stuff right here.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Like a suped up export style stout. Big roast and chocolate in the aroma and flavor, with hints of dark fruit, licorice, and coffee. Didn’t know this was an imperial, so i didn’t expect it to be so big (and with little hint of 8.5% alcohol). One of my favorites of Canfest.
Bulk_Carrier (2309) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated prettt quickly. Light lacing was soapy around the glass.
The smell had a really nice roasted coffee bean with a light smoky sweet vanilla.
The taste was roasty, smooth creamy vanilla with bitter coffee. It came across really nice.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body. Sipper- definitely. The carbonation was there and good for the style and for me. But the roasty, smooth vanilla with coffee rolling across my tongue is really nice.
Overall, this was a really good imperial stout, wishing these guys would distribute up here.
Salmoniform (1074) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from can to glass. Dark hue with creamy tan head that lingered well. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roast, toffee, caramel. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and creamy carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice roasty astringentness following and a clean finish. Overall this is a fantastic brew.