redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is up there among my favorite beers-- I was moping about the three I had in my basement from last yearís brewing when I found that the local beer store had a case.
Itís an incredibly deep and complex beer, and around Philadelphia Iíve found that the biggest problem is that it gets served too cold (many bars serve pretty much everything at about the same temperature), and itís so, so much better when it gets up above, I donít know, 50 degrees. Warm, cold, whatever-- an excellent beer.
coyotehunter (696) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
beer 3 in the 4 day trip. This bottle has sat since September,and is Wayyyyyyyy better than the first one I had. Excellent flavors of Coffee chocolate and some prunes with light hints of vanilla. Little bit of caramel in there too. Has to be in my top 5.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oily pour with thin chocolate/beige/tan head. Very light coffee smells, really didnt overwhelm me. Didnt get a nose full. Tastes like....cofee. Bitter dry oatmeal and hop finsh. This would definitely go good with bacon and eggs. Good stout.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I mainly get just the coffee on this beer. I was almost unsure that it was an imperial if I didnít already know it was one. Still very good if your dig coffee.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Deep brown-black body, small brown head. Flavor is coffee all the way, with a hint of sweetness in the lengthy finish. If you love coffee, you will love this stout.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black/brown with think tan head. Aroma is unground espresso beans, roasted malts and oats with brown sugar and a light hint of cinnamon. Flavor a medium roast Ethiopian coffee with light notes of cinnamon and roasted malt. There is the bitterness of bittersweet chocolate present. Body is thick and yet not creamy, reminiscent of a rich cup of coffee with a bit of heavy cream. Carbonation is mild but present. Pretty good.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big thick black pour. Flavor is french roast coffee, lactose, oatmeal, cinnamon sugar, candy sugar, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Thick thick thick on the palate, chewy as a bowl of oatmeal. Warming dry coffee bitter finish. Delicious.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Jet black, thin cocoa colored head. Aroma is chocolate and strong coffee. Flavor was strong roast coffee, cocoa, smokey, vanilla and maple sweetness. Wonderful creamy palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. Warming dry and bitter finish. Excellent.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a motor oil black with a nice brown head to it and plenty of lacing. The smell of it was like a flavored coffee - lots of coffee, chocolate and spice. Very nice taste to this beer - for a double the alcohol did not overwhelm but was just right and the chocolate, coffee, nuttiness and malt made this an almost perfect beer. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy. I drank one of my favorite porters by another brewer after this beer and realized how much that beer paled in comparison to this one - this is a winner and will be regular in my beer fridge.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a thick black, with a very thin tan head. Coffee dominates the aroma - chocolate is also prominent. The flavor is complex - coffee dominates, then gives rise to chocolate and malts. The alcohol is barely detectable. Nice mouthfeel. An excellent stout, though very coffee-heavy, almost to the point of imbalance.