mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a touch of red and very thin light brown head. Aroma is Chocolate and coffee, a bit grainy and roasty. A hint of tobacco. Flavor is nice and roasty but not burnt, plenty of mocha. Very typical stout characteristics and not particularly unique, what makes it stand out is the remarkable balance that most stouts do not have. Full bodied and full of flavor but neither harsh nor cloying, it just hits that middle ground and makes for a great, enjoyable stout. Silky smooth with low carbonation.
Slipstream (2218) - USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Another top brew, courtesy of Adrian, sampled on draft too. Dark pour with light brown head. Chocolate cake and bread aroma, with coffee and hops. Full bodied with rich coffee and plenty of grain flavor. Oat smoothness and a chocolate taste comes into it too. A dash of peppy hop tingle completes the aftertaste. Another fine creation from Founders.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 On Tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Pours that great black color with a thin tan head that can only mean an imperial stout. Smell of coffee and a little chocolate, some oatmeal texture throughout. Sweet malty falvor, nice strong taste that lasts and lasts. Great complex flavor and palate.
chandler0201 (649) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with small tan head. Nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, some malts. Flavor of coffee and spices, think they slipped in some sugar or cinnamon granules for a gritty taste, but good. Strong and remarkable flavor overall.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. Wow, what a good breakfast this was. Sludges to the bottom of the glass with a black oily body and tan head. Nose is mostly roasted malt, chocolate, earth and a bit of a grainy nuance. Body is almost overwhelmingly a triple shot cafe au lait. I would refer to this as an Imperial Milk Stout. This is a great beer, hides the alcohol very well.
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing-snifter served. Pours a thick, black/brown hue, with a foamy, tan head that reduces to a small ring but leaves some thick, clingy lace. The nose is dry, mocha, and dark roasted coffee. The flavor is a more intense version of the aroma, if that is possible... hop bitterness, espresso, and cocoa. Full bodied with a nice, creamy mouthfeel...like milk on your cocoa puffs, washed down with a cup of strong java!
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with almost no head, a slight tan ring around the glass. Huge coffee nose, rich with some chocolate backing it up. Very roasty, coffee/espresso flavor. Nice bitterness to balance this out, caramel sweetness apparent toward the end of the flavor. Low carb, drying and acidity from the coffee and the roastiness, silky mouthfeel.
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to ygtbsm94 poured a tranalucent black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roastiness and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, light carmel and light vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty coffee finish.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh! - Pours thick dk dk brown with a small tan had...aroma is char, coffee and roasted grain...flavour is fantastic, dry, malty but still maintains a burnt bitterness, finishes creamy with a fair amount of carbonation...all the coffee talk, but it isn’t overpowering...wow...
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a ring of brown head that leaves some lace. Aroma is mostly coffee grounds with cocoa, scorched earth roastiness, and a little milk. Flavor is rich with bitter coffee, cocoa, heavily roasted malt and some sweeter creamy notes. Balances and finishes quite bitter. Full bodied, with a thick oaty palate and moderate carbonation. No real alcohol presence to speak of. Relatively easy drinking, but fat and rather assaulting on the senses, so you’d probably want a limited session. For what it is, a strong coffee stout, its quite good.