malrubius (1862) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Black with lasting brown head and lace. Dark roasted coffee chocolate aroma. Very dark roasted coffee bitter chocolate with mild dark fruit some earth and smoke and mild bitterness with mild fruity oat tang. Medium (lighter than expected) body and medium carbo with nice soft mouth feel. Very complex, perhaps a little too much coffee. Not exactly to my tastes but still an excellent beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pour was thick dark black with a deep and dark creamy tan head. Aroma was robust with roasted malt, coffee, and sweet malt. Mouth feel was very creamy and full bodied with strong but well blended coffee, chocoalte, sweet malt, and a great deal of complexity. I really enjoyed the light burnt and hints of bitter characters. This was a superb beer. Would buy again for sure.
poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my all time favorites. I’ve had it in the bottle and on tap at the brewery. Loaded with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Maybe some creamy oats. Pours black. More drinkable than the imperials in my opinion.
SHANER4 (481) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured black as coffee with small tan head. Smelled like coffee and chocolate. Flavor brings a smile to my face, it has a light coffee taste along with a rich chocholate, its like eating a doughnut stuffed with chocolate. The best stout that I have had to date. I am happy to finally find this beer after looking for some time.
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poors black as oil. Head lasted a long time. Very drinkable imperial stout with very well hidden alcohol. Tastes just like eating a chocolate bar, with out the sweetness. Coffee and malty flavors were strong as well. Thick bodied, and creamy mouth feel. Very tasty.
DWestrick (456) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. this is a pretty kick butt stout! lots of coffee flavor with chocolate and carmel. very drinkabgle and has a unique finish. good beer
Butters (3860) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled with Decaturstevo, Shag, and Beerhawk over breakfast after the zap-it gathering. Near black pour with huge light brown head. Aroma is like Kahlua. Flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Medium full body with low carbonation. Admittedly, i’m not a coffee drinker, but this was enjoyable. Gotta start the day right with an 8% abv! What a way to end an awesome tasting.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours thick black with a milk chocolate head that was produced through a vigorous pour. The aroma is of coffee and roasted malt. The flavor - this is one of the most drinkable IS’s I’ve ever had. There are nice and understated coffee and malt characteristics, all combined nicely with some hops. The palate is rich, yet lively. Overall, this is very nice.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into wineglass. Near oil black pour – pitch black body in class – great espresso brown head that is so creamy and has unbelievable retention and leaving very dense lace when it does finally fall. Aroma is so full it is thick – lots of coffee and dark (as well as milk) chocolate, as well as some oaky vanilla and sticky molasses with a very subtle rich whiskey-like boozyness – great. Flavor is the same but with a much more pronounced hoppyness (which is good, but throws the balance off a bit). Hardly any alcohol in the flavor. Not the thickest imperial stout but an unbelievably dense texture from the oats (I know this doesn’t sound like it makes much sense, but I can’t explain it much better) and very soft beautiful perfectly fitting carbonation. Overall: the aroma is really the kicker here in that the flavor appearance and palate exhibit typical characteristics of a good impy stout; but, the coffee character to the aroma is truly unique and very reminiscent of fine dark coffee, not just a dunken donuts light coffee acid bitterness. This thing would be outstanding for breakfast with some frosted miny wheats or waffles!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
deep dark brown, medium head, nice lacing. nose of roasty malt and coffee. flavor is sweet coffee, chcolate, sweet malt. medium bodied, sweet finish. sweet, dark...i don’t need more to recommend against this beer. i will avoid it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. unpleasant after taste. maybe i got a bum bottle.