JoeTheYounger (1169) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black with fresh coffee smell. Has some chocolaty aroma hints as well. Strong espresso taste that’s not too bad. Very good, but a little thin for a stout in my opinion.
zizzybalubba (1626) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 On tap at Coasters. Pours black, color of motor oil with a 1/4 inch caramel head. Light hop aroma with hints of coffee. The aroma does not begin to prepare you for the flavors you are about to taste. Big coffee flavor with dark chocolate dominates. Finish lingers and is pleasant. Bested only by Speedway Stout and Espresso Oak Aged Yeti as far as coffee beers go.
vtafro (4954) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 This was one of the first imperial stouts that i ever tried, and got me into drinking them and trying to find more i like. Could definitely see myself drinking this in the morning instead off coffee if i had an awful hangover or wanted to start my day with a drink.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Black with a frothy milkshake brown head. Alcohol, milk chocolate and coffee aroma. Heavy duty coffee taste. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with mostly coffee at the start and finish with chocolate in there too.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly thin dense black with brown notes. Just a touch of head. Aromas of seriously heavy roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, some coffee. Mouthfeel is very tight with mostly caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and almost like a very smoky whiskey. Well done, but just too heavy in the bitterness. Needs some sweetness to balance it out a bit.
joeneugs (4313) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a hard to find beer on the West coast. Thanks Harpreet. Kind of funky aroma giving way to wood, chocolate, coffee, campfire, and a hint of fruit - not much. It has a small dissapearing dark brown head. The taste is sweet and sour with a heavy duty smoked wood bitter aftertaste. Hints of chocolate and coffee and a thick body give this beer a good balance between the sweet and bitter. A very lively brew with the alcohol not noticeable at 8.3. Not terribly complex, but tasty and satisfying.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So much coffee goodness, with a relatively low ABV for an imperial stout. Amazingly drinkable and very smooth and delicious. Black, with an almost perfect aroma for a coffee beer.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
beer was drank fairly fresh. just tons and tons of super bitter coffee. i think i will like this one with age. alcohol was very previlent and couldnt get anything but coffee. i can tell the quality this is going to drink in about a year so maybe it’ll get a higher rating after some of the coffee mellows out.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 draft fiddlers hearth. cream, milk chocolate, some lightly bittered coffee notes. light roast. alc well hidden. nice.
MeadMe (1473) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours an Obsidian black, darker than a moonless night. It pours with a huge thunderous head with tons of tiny bubbles that get foamy on top, like sea foam in the gulf on a warm September afternoon. The head dies down to a nice cap but some of the foaminess is left behind sticking to the top of my snifter.
S: Wonderful smelling stout. TONS of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. There are hints of vanilla and perfectly roasted malt. This reminds me of my favorite cafe mocha which I happened to sip at a sidewalk café in Paris.
T: I really like great stouts and this is one of them. The flavors are off the scale. BAM in your face. Tons of rich creamy chocolate. Reminds me of the cocoa my grandmother (god rest her soul) used to prepare for me on a cold Indiana morning as a child. So chocolaty, sweet, and warming. All of that is then overtaken by a coffee taste as good if not better than the best espresso known to man.
M: Medium bodied and a creaminess that is off the scale.